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Symposium: What’s going on in Latin America?

26-02-2018 at 20:00 - 22:00

What’s going on in Latin America? Corruption, crime and politics

On 26 February, we will set off for Latin America. For some time, this continent seemed to be marked by strong economic and political development. But what has happened in recent years? The ‘Pink Tide’, with many countries electing left-wing governments, seems to have stopped. Drug violence is rife. Political leaders have been deposed or voted away among claims of corruption and economic mismanagement, but did that solve any problems?

Edmund Amann will talk about Brazil’s corrupt politics, its economic troubles and the country’s uncertain future. Amann, who is a Professor of Brazilian Studies at Leiden University, will illuminate the most striking developments that have taken place since President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in August 2016. What can ‘Operation Car Wash’ and other scandals tell us about Brazilian politics? And who will be the country’s next leader: the left-wing former President Lula or the far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro?

Rodrigo Peña González will discuss the role of crime and corruption in Mexican politics. Peña is a graduate from the National Autonomous University of Mexico and is currently researching state legitimacy in criminal contexts at the Leiden University Institute for History. He is also part of CASEDE, a Mexican think tank specialised in security and violence phenomena. In his talk, Peña will explain how drug cartels have formed a ‘parallel state’, why people have lost faith in politics, and how these issues play a role into the presidential elections of July.

At the end of this symposium, there will as usual be room for questions and discussion about the current state and future of Latin America.

This event is open and free to everyone.



20:00 - 22:00


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