Colombian voters head to the polls this weekend to elect a new president to lead their nation. Senior Fellow Mauricio Cárdenas says the outcome of the race is largely predictable but says the issues looming for Colombia’s next president will require strong leadership and an ability for global diplomacy.
All Western democracies, including the U.S. and Germany, are seeing powerful protest movements against globalization and integration. They are agitating for a recapturing of control, or 'sovereignty,' and often also of ethnic homogeneity. Although they keep talking about the nation-state, they oppose key principles of Western constitutionalism like separation of powers and the protection of minorities against the tyranny of the majority. They want a tribalization of politics. That's something the Tea Party and the U.S. alt-right have in common with the AfD.