News and announcements
If Vice President Temer succeeds in bringing Brazil back to a corrupt status quo in the Congress, then the optimism Brazilians have felt as a result of popular mobilization for democracy and better public services, as well as the judiciary's relentless corruption hunt, will soon disappear, write Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, and Yuri Kasahara, Oslo and Akershus University College, in an article in Dagsavisen 20 April 2016 (in Norwegian).
Searching for a single explanation is probably futile, but research has provided a new understanding of the dynamics behind the violence, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 19 April 2016 (in Norwegian).
NorLARNet will award a scholarship of 4,000 kroner per month for a period of 10 months (second semester 2016 and first semester 2017) to a master student enrolled at an academic institution in the Oslo area.
Deadline for applications: 26 May 2016
An impeachment can, rather than contribute to political stability, lead to further chaos and open a Pandora's box of challenges Brazilian politics have never seen before, write Yuri Kasahara, Oslo and Akershus University College, and Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 8 April 2016 ( in Norwegian).
It all started as a money laundering case, and now it is the largest investigation in Brazilian history. Now all Brazilian politicians share the same concern: How to stop Judge Moro and the lava-jato investigation? write Yuri Kasahara, Oslo and Akershus University College, and Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo, in an article in Klassekampen 5 April 2016 (pdf, in Norwegian).
Relations with the United States is only a part - albeit an important part - of the big question about which political choice of direction Cuba will take. Status quo is not an option, with an economy on brink of the abyss, abscence of foreign investments due to a hopeless bureaucracy, and an increasing drain of young people who give up hope, writes Vegard Bye, University of Oslo, in an article in Klassekampen 31 March 2016 (pdf, in Norwegian).
While the problems pile up in neighboring countries, and the pink tide is said to come to an end in Latin America, Peru might jump on the wave for the first time, writes Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in an article in Manifest tidsskrift 30 March 2016 (in Norwegian).
Seen from within, the changes in Cuba emerge as slower than what might be the impression from the outside. Most people do not measure change in the number of new tourist hotels - or for that matter, the number of democratic elections, writes Ståle Wig, University of Oslo in an article on NRK Ytring 21 March 2016 (in Norwegian).
Although the United States has less influence in the region now than 20 years ago, the November elections have great significance for future development, and for Latin America there is really only one bright spot among the remaining candidates, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 15 March 2016 (in Norwegian).
In Tumeremo south east in Venezuela 28 miners are reported missing. The details bear many similarities with the abduction and massacre of 43 students in Ayotzinapa in Mexico in 2014, but unlike the Ayotzinapa tragedy, the disappearances in Tumeremo have received little international attention, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo in an article in Klassekampen12 March 2016 (pdf, in Norwegian).
For the first time in world history a case of sexual slavery during a civil war is brought to a court. The indigenous women's struggle for justice could have global repercussions, writes Mariel Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, in an article on Radikal Portal 26 February 2016 (in Norwegian).
The expectations were many before the visit of Pope Francis, well-known for being outspoken, to a Mexico marked by deep divions both in society and inside the Catholic Church. See the three articles by Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in Dagen on 13 February, 18 February and 24 February 2016 (in Norwegian).
Over the past month Mexico has witnessed something resembling the reality version of the Netflix series Narcos, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 9 February 2016 (in Norwegian).
When Brazilian President Lula wanted to give people more control, a history book by Norwegian historian and politician Berge Furre played a key role, writes Vegard Bye, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 18 January 2016 (in Norwegian).
In 2016 we might see more pragmatic political changes in Latin America, but in general there will be no change from red to blue, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 5 January 2016 (in Norwegian).
Welcome to a national gathering of master students writing about Latin America!
Venezuela is in a deep crisis, but how the parties are thinking to resolve the problems is not clear, write Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, and Audun Solli in an article in Dagsavisen 9 December 2015 (pdf, in Norwegian).
The UK association for the study of Latin America invites all interested to become a member of the association. To see the benefits of becoming a member, see SLAS’s web site.
The upcoming call will be related to the oil industry. See the Research Council of Norway’s web site (in Norwegian).
The Venezuelan government is likely to lose the upcoming parliamentary elections on 6 December as it is no longer able to use the country's oil wealth to improve the lives of the ordinary man and woman. The regime's legitimacy has been founded on a promise to create an inclusive government that puts an end to poverty. Fewer and fewer believe in this promise, write Audun Solli and Leiv Marsteintredet in an article in Morgenbladet 4 December 2015 (in Norwegian).
Major changes are taking place in Latin America. What happened to the conservative Catholic stronghold, asks Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 1 December 2015 (in Norwegian).
Human evil is central to Roberto Bolaño,s novel 2666, one of the most important books in Norwegian this year. Bolaño's translator, Kristina Solum, University of Oslo, explains how in an article in Vårt Land 22 November 2015 (in Norwegian).
Brazil is by far the largest recipient of Norwegian development aid, but at the same time Brazil donates humanitarian and development aid to poorer countries. This paradox explains much about a changing world and Brazil's desire for world power status, write Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo, and Maria Gabrielsen Jumbert, the Peace Research Institute Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 16 November 2015 (in Norwegian).
Despite pessimism and the impression that there are only villains everywhere, there are also positive news to take back from Brazil these days. Heroes exist. They are named institutions, write Yuri Kasahara, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research, and Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 16 November 2015 (in Norwegian).