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Published Nov. 9, 2017 4:18 PM

Few predicted ten years ago what is happening now in Latin America: Democracy is in crisis, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 7 November 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 9, 2017 10:31 AM

In the shadow of USA’s blunders and historically poor reputation, Russia and China is fighting for natural resources and influence in Latin America, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 3 October 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Sep. 11, 2017 4:12 PM

When assessing the legacy of the Olympic Games in Rio, human sufferings caused by evictions must be included, writes Margit Ystanes, University of Bergen, in an article in Dagsavisen 4 September 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Sep. 4, 2017 1:01 PM

The Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August 2016 was a success as an event. But now, one year later, a dark image of the city is being revealed, writes Einar Braathen, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, in an article in Dagbladet 2 September 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Aug. 30, 2017 1:23 PM

The Guatemalan case shows that the fight against corruption and for peace is not a struggle that can be won once and for all, but must be fought every day, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 29 August 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Aug. 22, 2017 3:35 PM

On August 15th, it is 100 years since the most famous Catholic martyr in Latin America was born. He is referred to as the voice of the voiceless, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article in Vårt Land 15 August 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published July 25, 2017 1:41 PM

The net seems to be closing in on President Nicolás Maduro, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 25 July 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published July 25, 2017 12:41 PM

Nicolás Maduro's grip on power is increasingly dependent on repressing the protests by force of arms. The test of strength in Venezuela is approaching a climax with two competing referendums in two weeks, writes Aslak J. Orre, Chr. Michelsen Institute, in an article in Aftenposten 21 July 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published July 18, 2017 10:47 AM

Brazilian President Michel Temer visits Norway, but his environmental and indigenous policies are not welcome, writes Yuri Kasahara, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, and Torkjell Leira, University of Oslo, an article in Dagsavisen 22 June 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published June 20, 2017 9:50 AM

The Brazilian president Michel Temer’s visit to Norway might offer a welcome breathing space for the president himself, but it can put the Norwegian long-term Brazil engagement to the test, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 19 June 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published May 23, 2017 9:47 AM

Venezuela can be thrown into a conflict that might take decades to resolve, unless a negotiated solution is soon achieved, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 16 May 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published May 16, 2017 8:58 AM

Venezuela could become a new Cuba or a new Libya. The country is now at breaking point, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Morgenbladet 12 May 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Apr. 18, 2017 3:22 PM

A year after the grand celebration it is as if Cuba is stuck in the elevator, waiting for it to either go further upwards towards a modernization of the economy and democratization of politics, or for the wire to break and the elevator to plunge towards the abyss, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 11 April 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 14, 2017 11:09 AM

Several alarming previous incidents should have had this and similar institutions shut down long ago, writes Maren Christensen Bjune, PhD from University of Bergen, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 10 March 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Mar. 7, 2017 1:24 PM

If Ecuador manages to avoid that the end of a ten-year rule of a progressive but dominant leader descends into chaos, it could set an important example for other countries in the region, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 7 March 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 21, 2017 1:54 PM

Gone are the debates that Hugo Chávez was subject to. Since last year the Venezuelan dictatorship is a fact, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, in an article inVerdens Gang 16 February 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 21, 2017 1:52 PM

The newspaper Klassekampen, and especially journalist Peter M. Johansen, is a direct mouthpiece for Venezuela's increasingly authoritarian and brutal regime, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Oslo and University of Bergen, in an article on Minerva 15 February 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 6, 2017 3:24 PM

Donald Trump's first week in the office turned out worse than feared for Mexico, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 31 January 2017 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 2, 2017 2:00 PM

The Norwegian Latin America policy will require strategic innovation and a large portion of foreign policy courage, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 27 December 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 16, 2016 2:16 PM

It's time to stop talking about the great leader as if he were in a vacuum, as if he were an angel or a tyrant, and to start looking at him as a historical actor, writes Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in an article in Manifest Tidsskrift 14 Desember 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 6, 2016 3:52 PM

For a long time it was believed that Fidel's death was the moment when everything would change dramatically. The truth is that Cuba already is undergoing a comprehensive reform process, writes Ståle Wig, University of Oslo, in an article on NRK Ytring 4 December 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 6, 2016 3:47 PM

The Cuban Revolution split families and generations. These wounds are not healed, writes Hans Jacob Ohldieck, University of Bergen, in an article in Bergens Tidende 30 November 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 6, 2016 3:44 PM

This autumn millions of Brazilians have taken to the streets of Brazil's largest cities to protest against the non-elected president Michel Temer selling out national oil reserves far below market prices. Statoil is one of the buyers, writes Kjetil Klette Bøhler, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, in an article in Ukeavisen Ledelse 27 November 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 6, 2016 3:38 PM

Strictly speaking Fidel Castro was a typical Latin American strong leader, a macho caudillo, or populist, that the region had seen many of before him. But his speaking and leadership skills combined with the Cold War, US policy, and socialism made him bigger than himself, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in Verdens Gang 26 November 2016 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 25, 2016 3:00 PM

Latin America has already noticed the Trump effect. Uncertainty and disgust dominate after the elections, especially in Mexico, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 21 November 2016 (in Norwegian).