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Bolivia’s Democracy at Risk: What Role for External Actors?

 

OLIVER DELLA COSTA STUENKEL Article June 20, 2017

http://carnegieendowment.org/2017/06/20/bolivia-s-democracy-at-risk-what-role-for-external-actors-pub-71301

This publication is from Carnegie’s Rising Democracies Network.

Bolivia’s first indigenous president, Evo Morales, appears to be moving in a more authoritarian direction. Neighboring countries are currently unable to play a constructive role in preventing this from happening.

The country presents a test case for Latin American states’ commitment to protect democracy in the region. They will need to coordinate more effectively through Latin American regional bodies if they are to pass this test.

DEMOCRACY CHALLENGED

The outlook for Bolivia’s democracy is bleak, with considerable potential for a return to political instability.

Until recently, Evo Morales was hailed as an example of a progressive and responsible left-wing leader in …

Venezuela: não há solução sem Pequim (EL PAÍS)

 

http://brasil.elpais.com/brasil/2017/06/13/opinion/1497316118_825241.html

Depois de anos de tentativas frustradas, fica evidente que atores regionais não têm a capacidade de ajudar a Venezuela a sair do fundo do poço. A crise política no país é mais profunda e complexa hoje do que em 2003, quando o grupo “Amigos da Venezuela”, composto por vários países latino-americanos, foi crucial para restabelecer o diálogo entre o governo e a oposição. Além disso, o vácuo de poder na América do Sul, acima de tudo devido à instabilidade política no Brasil, torna qualquer estratégia coordenada implausível.

Uma questão negligenciada nesse contexto é o papel fundamental da China, responsável por quase 40% do crescimento global em 2016. Há anos, Pequim se tornou o maior investidor e credor da …

Seminário em Manaus: Desafios da Política Externa Brasileira

 

Na próxima terça-feira, 13 de junho, em Manaus: o CEBRI e a Fundação Konrad Adenauer Brasil realizam, em parceria com a Faculdade La Salle Manaus, a próxima etapa do Seminário Desafios da Política Externa Brasileira. O evento contará com a presença de Oliver Stuenkel e outros especialistas para discutir o tema Democracia e Direitos Humanos. Inscreva-se para o seminário aqui: http://cebri.org/evento/desafios-da-politica-externa-brasileira-manaus. Acesse aqui a publicação que originou o seminário: http://bit.ly/2s5xZNP.…

Venezuela: No Solution Without Beijing

BY OLIVER STUENKEL | JUNE 5, 2017 China has invested more than $60 billion, giving it a huge stake in Maduro’s survival.

http://americasquarterly.org/content/venezuela-no-solution-without-beijing

For years, governments across the hemisphere have failed to halt Venezuela’s slow descent into strife-riven autocracy. This is partly because their discussions have overlooked an important element: Beijing’s key role as President Nicolás Maduro’s largest and most stalwart financial supporter. China as a political actor can no longer be left out of the search for solutions to Venezuela’s profound political and humanitarian crisis.

At a time when the government in Caracas is slowly turning into a pariah regime and several leading Venezuelan officials can no longer travel abroad due to international drug trafficking charges, Chinese investments have …

China’s Asian Dream

 

Book Review: China's Asian Dream. By Tom Miller. Zed Books, 2017.  256 pages. $21.16 (kindle, amazon.com)

Four years ago, at a talk at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan, Chinese president Xi Jinping announced that China would fund a New Silk Road Economic Belt (usually referred to as OBOR) across Eurasia to connect China with Europe, the Middle East, and South Asia. Media estimates investment in OBOR anywhere in between $800 billion and $1 trillion, covering 890 projects in over 60 partner countries — a truly monumental initiative. Several commentators have made parallels between OBOR and the U.S - sponsored Marshall Plan that aided in the reconstruction of postwar Europe. Indeed, as Tom Miller points out in his book …

Book chapter: Do the BRICS possess soft power?

 

https://www.routledge.com/Emerging-Powers-in-International-Politics-The-BRICS-and-Soft-Power/Chatin-Gallarotti/p/book/9781138716100

Book chapter abstract

Has soft power in the emerging world risen commensurately to its hard power? Can the BRICS’ soft power rival that of the West as emerging powers expand their global presence? An analysis of the questions above shows that, despite remarkable economic growth during the first decade of the twenty-first century, BRICS countries’ capacity to enhance their soft power is highly uneven, and they still struggle to rival established Western powers in most of the concept’s dimensions. Still, the BRICS grouping, created on the basis of economic forecasts, is increasingly being used as a platform to enhance soft power, primarily through the creation of the New Development Bank and a series of other institutions.

Keywords: BRICS, …

Curso intensivo no Rio de Janeiro: Great Power Politics

 

Informações gerais Professores: Marcos Tourinho e James Cameron Carga horária: 60 horas Data e horário: de 10/07 a 21/07/2017 (segunda a sexta-feira) | das 08h às 14h Quantidade de Vagas: 15 vagas Local: Praia de Botafogo, 190, sala 909 (nono andar), Rio de Janeiro/RJ

Instruções para requerer matrícula Matrículas: 01/06 a 30/06 às 18h (período de matrícula para candidato externo). Pré-requisito: O candidato deve ser aluno de graduação ou pós-graduação em uma instituição brasileira reconhecida pelo MEC ou instituição estrangeira. A comprovação será feita mediante atestado de matrícula em instituição de ensino superior, a ser apresentada na Secretaria da FGV. Valor: R$ 1.000,00 São documentos necessários à inscrição (originais e cópias): • Ficha de inscrição; • Carteira de identidade …