Ben Raderstorf

United States  |  Non-Resident Fellow

+1-202-463-2564 ˙ braderstorf@thedialogue.org

Ben Raderstorf is a non-resident fellow with the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program and a graduate student at the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He previously was a program associate with the Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program and worked on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign. He is a graduate of Harvard University. His writing focuses on politics, the rule of law, and political representation, including issues of campaign finance, electoral institutions, corruption, freedom of expression, disinformation, and democratic norms. 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.


Analysis See all

The G20 in Buenos Aires Will Disappoint–But Not All Is Lost

In the annual meeting of the world’s largest economies, which starts on Friday in Argentina, it seemed that Latin America and its most pressing concerns – such as the crisis in Venezuela – would be the priorities. However, it is now clear that the current complex global dynamic will dominate.

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.


Blog See all

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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Press Mentions See all

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.