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Published Apr. 4, 2018 10:28 AM

The organizers invite scholars from the Nordic countries and the rest of the world to submit abstracts for papers for the 10th conference of the Nordic Latin American Research Network (NOLAN). The conference, titled “Epochal shifts in current Latin America?”, will take place in Oslo on 25 and 26 October 2018.

Deadline for submitting abstracts: 1 June

See the call.

Published May 16, 2018 3:05 PM

What cards does President Nicolás Maduro have up his sleeve after the elections? None of the measures so far has solved the fundamental problems in Venezuela, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 15 May 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published May 2, 2018 11:50 AM

What was the particular interest of the recently deceased former president and mayor of the city of Guatemala, Alvaro Arzú, in the privatization of the state telecommunications company and the way it was carried out? asks Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Plaza Pública (Guatemala) 1 May 2018 (in Spanish).

Published May 2, 2018 10:58 AM

What will happen now that the Ortega government is emerging increasingly authoritarian and violent? asks Mariel Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, in an article in Plaza Pública (Guatemala) 24 April 2018 (in Spanish).

Published Apr. 18, 2018 11:09 AM

The Hydro scandal is used politically. That is one explanation why Hydro is in such trouble in Brazil, but it’s no excuse. Hydro has been in Brazil for 40 years, so this is a reality Hydro was aware of – or should have been aware of, write Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo, and Vincent Fleischer in an article in Dagens Næringsliv 10 April 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 12, 2018 4:34 PM

In late March, Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski became the 10th Latin American president since the 1990s to leave office under the threat of impeachment. Kuczynski’s downfall highlights some of the pitfalls of impeachment, write Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, and others in an article in The Washington Post 11 April 2018.

Published Apr. 11, 2018 4:44 PM

Mexico is the Western democracy where most people have disappeared in recent years. The families of the 34,270 women, men and children who have disappeared in Mexico deserve a clear defense of values from a visiting Norwegian prime minister, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article in Dagsavisen 11 April 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 10, 2018 3:04 PM

If López Obrador wins the election on July 1, it will not only lead to a strong political tremor in Mexico. It will also mean that the recent year's shift to the right in Latin American politics will suffer a blow, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen in an article in Bergens Tidende 7 April 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 10, 2018 3:02 PM

This is not an obituary to commemorate the deceased, but to remind ourselves of how bad things can turn out when we do not stop tyranny in time, writes Susanne Normann, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 6 April 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 4, 2018 10:47 AM

The Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU) has announced the possibility to apply for funds for cooperation with partners in Brazil, and countries in other parts of the world, under three programs: INTPART, UTFORSK and InternAbroad.

Published Apr. 4, 2018 10:09 AM

Next week, Erna Solberg will go on an official visit to Colombia and Mexico. Both countries need more than investors: they need more external players to raise questions about human rights, the environment, social inclusion and how to fight corruption and impunity, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 3 April 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 4, 2018 10:08 AM

What does the assassination of Rio de Janeiro councilmember Marielle Franco—a prominent LGBTQI activist and socialist, outspoken critic of the police, and Rio’s only black councilmember—mean for the future of Brazil? ask Rafaela Cardoso, Pontifical Catholic University Rio de Janeiro, and  Margit Ystanes, University of Bergen, in an article in NACLA Report on the Americas 22 March 2018 (in English).

Published Mar. 23, 2018 4:24 PM

While Pope Francis had success with his visits to Cuba in 2015 and 2016, the visit to Chile in January this year and his role towards Venzuela have attracted criticism, writes Ole-Jakob Løland, University of Oslo, in an article in Vårt Land 22 March 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 13, 2018 2:12 PM

Maduro’s government has centered its social policy in a militarized food-distribution network geared toward political control, writes Antulio Rosales, University of Oslo, in an article in The Globe and Mail on 11 March 2018 (in English).

Published Mar. 13, 2018 2:08 PM

The inspiration for the world wide women's strike on March 8th did not come from Hollywood and #MeToo, but from Argentina and #NiUnaMenos, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 8 March 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 2, 2018 12:30 PM

In Latin America one country after another see popular leaders of the ever-stronger evangelical churches go into politics, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 27 February 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 1, 2018 1:37 PM

Without resolving Venezuela's political crisis, solutions to the humanitarian and economic crisis will not be found, write Benedicte Bull and Antulio Rosales, both at the  University of Oslo, in an article in Aftenposten 20 February 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 19, 2018 9:17 PM

The government of Venezuela goes unconventional ways to solve the economic crisis in the country. There are good reasons to believe it will fail, write Benedicte Bull and Antulio Rosales, both at the  University of Oslo, in an article at NRK Ytring 19 February 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 31, 2018 2:21 PM

Brazil badly needs a new leadership that can bring the country out of the economic crisis and restore confidence in political institutions, write Yuri Kasahara, Oslo Metropolitan University, and Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagens Næringsliv 29 January 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 23, 2018 3:15 PM

The giant corruption disclosure that has hit political and economic elites across Latin America, involves everything from heads of trade and industry to socialist presidents, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 23 January 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 9, 2018 10:25 AM

A deeply corrupt left-wing is unlikely to be an attractive alternative to right-wing populist governments, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 6 January 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 5, 2018 10:44 AM

Experience with Venezuela made me become a strong defender of traditional rather than alternative media, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 3 January 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 4, 2018 2:47 PM

In 2018 almost three quarters of Latin America’s population will get a new head of state, in elections marked by much uncertainty, contempt for politicians, and distrust of institutions as a result of corruption charges. And not a single country has a female candidate with real chances of winning, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 4 January 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 12, 2017 11:35 AM

Eight years after the spectacular "pyjamas coup", Honduras is again the scene of a democratic crisis with regional consequences, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 12 December 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 12, 2017 9:54 AM

At least 56 social leaders have been killed since the ratification of the peace agreement in Colombia, writes Cornelia Helmcke, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, in an article at forskning.no 11 December 2017 (in Norwegian).