Peter Hakim spoke with Al Jazeera to analyze the political impact of accusations that Brazilian justice minister Sergio Moro conspired with prosecutors to jail former president Lula while Moro was a judge.
Next year, critical elections in Latin America’s three most populous countries—Colombia, Mexico and Brazil—are likely to reveal a distemper stemming from citizen disgust with a mix of corruption scandals, mediocre economies, unremitting violence and a largely discredited political class. All three presidential contests are wide open and ripe for anti-establishment challengers.
On September 26, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted Dr. Matias Spektor, Associate Professor at the Fundação Getulio Vargas and columnist at Folha de S. Paulo. The discussion, moderated by Michael Shifter, focused on Brazil’s political crisis and the threats to Brazilian democracy that exist today.
Across Latin America, the sustained decline in global oil prices has had a profound impact on economic growth, political stability and the viability of resource nationalism – when governments assert more control over the nation’s natural resources.
Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor
˙ Italian Institute for International Political Studies
There are reasons to be uncomfortable with impeachment process. It was not a coup—and had all the appearances of being fully legal and constitutional. But, arguably, it was not completely fair and above board.
When President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva left office in January 2011, Brazil was widely regarded as Latin America’s gold standard for economic development and social progress. But today, with his handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, facing an impeachment trial, the country is viewed as an economic failure.
As global oil prices collapsed over the last two years, regional governments have started to lose their leverage in the energy industry. To attract international investors, they must offer increasingly favorable terms, which means ceding more of their own control.