Sep 28, 2:26 PM |
By Sam Aman
Writing in El País, Altamar co-host Muni Jensen looks at four upcoming elections in Latin America. With unpopular incumbents, dysfunctional parties, and sclerotic economies, could the region fall victim to the populist wave sweeping the world?
In the coming months, four of Latin America’s biggest economies will hold elections. Will this electoral cycle serve as a gauge of the region’s ideological pendulum? Or will it serve as evidence of a new, broader movement, in which populism confronts traditional politics for good?
The outlook? Chile, to the right. Colombia, anyone’s guess. Mexico, to the left. And Brazil, teetering. A snapshot of a region in constant tumult. Incumbents with rock-bottom popularity. Corruption cases transcending borders. Low commodity prices. Party crises. The return of old chieftains. Stagnant economies. Inequality. A formula to curb the skepticism has yet to arise, nor any model to successfully address the dissatisfaction.
Peter Schechter works in both politics and policy. He served as the Atlantic Council’s senior vice president for strategic initiative and previously co-founded a premier strategic communications company, working as a political campaign advisor in more than 20 countries. Muni Jensen is a former Colombian diplomat, columnist, and television political commentator.