Ben Raderstorf

United States  |  Former Program Associate, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law

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Ben Raderstorf joined the Inter-American Dialogue in 2015 and is a program associate with the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program. He coordinates the Dialogue’s program work and research on corruption, citizen security, and judicial issues as well as US foreign policy towards Latin America. He also organizes the Dialogue’s Working Group on Latin America and many of its regular events, conferences, and meetings. Raderstorf has been published in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Slate, World Politics Review, and the New York Daily News and is a regular contributor to the Dialogue’s Voces blog. He writes on corruption and anti-corruption mechanisms, inter-American relations, US-Cuba policy, citizen security, political parties, and social policy in Latin America. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University in social studies, focusing on globalization and democracy in Latin America. Raderstorf previously worked for the Chilean Ministry of Finance in Santiago, and has lived or spent time in Argentina, Peru, Chile, Uruguay, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.

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Nicaragua’s Democracy Is Falling Apart

For years, Nicaraguans seemed to tolerate the growing authoritarianism of President Daniel Ortega in exchange for stability and growth. That pact is now crumbling.

A Requiem for UNASUR

The unraveling of UNASUR—perhaps the most ambitious attempt at Latin American integration in recent times—is another sign that Latin America’s much-vaunted solidarity has splintered.

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Peru’s Slow Unwinding

Peru’s inclination to growth over institutionalization could be seen as a sort of libertarian experiment—getting the state out of the way in a country where economic mismanagement has more than once led to disaster. But, while in the short term Peru has defied research that shows that institutional factors—such as corruption, bureaucratic inefficiency, and lack of trust and satisfaction in government—are consistent structural obstacles to prosperity, cracks are beginning to show.

˙Tamar Ziff

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El silencio es ensordecedor: el único comunicado de la OEA ha sido condenar 'la violencia que ha causado las muertes', sin referirse a la represión o a la fuerza injustificada del Gobierno [en Nicaragua].
É pouco provável que haja resultados tangíveis sobre a Venezuela. Mas não é só isso que importa. A reunião é uma oportunidade importante para continuar a construir consensos e estratégias de bastidores. O ambiente é realista e ciente dos inúmeros desafios e complicadas dinâmicas políticas.