The Upcoming Electoral Cycle in Latin America in the Midst of Social Unrest: What Lies Ahead?
In the next 13 months, 10 national elections will be held in Latin America, including in Brazil, Argentina, Colombia and Chile. These elections will occur in the midst of a substantial slowdown in economic growth and a rising number of social protests. How will the political landscape change after this electoral cycle and what will this change imply for economic, social and foreign policy in Latin America?
On October 18, the Foreign Policy at Brookings Latin America Initiative (LAI) and the Brookings Global-CERES Economic & Social Policy in Latin America Initiative (ESPLA) hosted a discussion on the upcoming elections for Latin America and the implications for the region’s economic, social and foreign policy. Panelists included: Miriam Kornblith, director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy; Mark Schneider, senior vice president at the International Crisis Group; and Harold Trinkunas, Brookings senior fellow and director of LAI. Ernesto Talvi, Brookings nonresident senior fellow and director of ESPLA, moderated the discussion.