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Published Mar. 6, 2019 11:04 AM

Venezuela appealed to Putin in three ways: a willingness to recognize Russia as a great power, oil and gas, and markets for weapons, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 5 March 2019 (in Norwegian, behind paywall)

Published Mar. 1, 2019 3:29 PM

After five weeks of intense pressure on Nicolás Maduro's regime in Venezuela, it is highly unclear where a solution to the stalled crisis will come from, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Morgenbladet 1 March 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 25, 2019 2:02 PM

The weak organization of the Peruvian forest and environment sector destroys all attempts to stop deforestation. In such a situation, the weakening of the public control body Osinfor should arouse international anger. The Norwegian authorities should consider consequences for the agreement on rainforest support to Peru, write Camila Gianella, Chr Michelsen Institute, and Samson Kleven, University of Bergen, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 21 February 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Feb. 14, 2019 1:54 PM

The confrontation strategy of Guaidó and the United States increases the danger of an even deeper crisis. The more the confrontation escalates, the smaller becomes the room for manoeuvre for those who work for an alternative solution, writes Iselin Åsedotter Strønen, University of Bergen and Chr. Michelsen Institute, in an article in Aftenposten 13 February 2019 (in Norwegian)

Published Feb. 13, 2019 10:23 AM

The crisis in Venezuela has entered a phase where humanitarian aid has become a piece in a high-stakes political game about Maduro's resignation and the international community’s support, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 12 February 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 30, 2019 11:40 AM

The Pope's call for peaceful co-existence is now criticized as empty words in a precarious situation, writes Ole Jacob Løland, University of Oslo, in an article in Vårt Land 29 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 29, 2019 4:16 PM

The political movement that now prepare for a battle “in defense of Venezuela” against US interventionism has misunderstood, withheld information about or explained away the responsibility of Chavez and his movement for the disaster, write Aslak Orre, Chr. Michelsen Institute, and Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in Klassekampen 29 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 29, 2019 3:25 PM

The recent events in Venezuela are primarily about a national demand for a way out of an economic and social disaster. It is the world's responsibility to facilitate that, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 29 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 21, 2019 2:38 PM

The santions imposed by the West force Venezuela to look towards China and Russia, writes Even Sandvik Underlid, University of Bergen, in an article in Vårt Land 16 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Jan. 11, 2019 11:40 AM

Although a direct foreign military intervention is still unlikely, the increasingly stronger language has weakened the possibilities of dialogue, write Benedicte Bull and Antulio Rosales, University of Oslo, in an article in Aftenposten 9 January 2019 (in Norwegian).

Published Dec. 12, 2018 11:15 AM

The democracies are threatened in Latin America, not least from the United States, writes  Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 11 December 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 7, 2018 10:22 AM

Together with the example of Brazil, experience from Venezuela and Nicaragua shows that the business sector is poorly suited as a democracy activist, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 6 November 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Nov. 6, 2018 11:58 AM

The last weeks’ biggest news stories from Latin America have one thing in common: The role played by the Facebook-owned messaging service WhatsApp, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 6 November 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 29, 2018 2:30 PM

A total of 77 participants at the 10th conference of the Nordic Latin American Research Network (NOLAN 2018) in Oslo, 24-26 October, signed an appeal for international solidarity with the democratic forces in Brazil. See the appeal in English and Portuguese. Contact person: Einar Braathen, OsloMet: einarb@oslomet.no  

Published Oct. 23, 2018 5:12 PM

The Workers' Party’s task of convincing the voters that they represent the Brazilian people is tricky, but not impossible, writes Kjetil Klette Bøhler, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, in an article in Morgenbladet  17 October 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 15, 2018 2:37 PM

Óscar Romero will be canonised by Pope Francis, Sunday 14 October. He was a victim of the Cold War in Latin America, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article in Dagsavisen 11 October 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 15, 2018 2:35 PM

The Canonization of Archbishop Romero shows that Latin American liberation theology has evolved from regional phenomenon to universal theology, writes Hans Egil Offerdal, University of Bergen, in an article in Vårt Land 11 October 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 9, 2018 11:37 AM

The elections in Brazil are not, as many reporters argue, between "two extremes". It is between one extreme right candidate and one socially oriented democrat, writes Einar Braathen, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, in an article in Klassekampen 6 October 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 9, 2018 11:36 AM

A lot is at stake in the elections: The outcome will have enormous importance for the conditions for democracy, as well as the rights of women and gays, writes Lara Cortes, Chr. Michelsen institute, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 5 October 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 9, 2018 11:35 AM

Where is Brazil heading? And why does the right wing populist Jair Messias Bolsonaro lead the polls? asks Kjetil Klette Bøhler, OsloMet – Oslo Metropolitan University, in an article in Dagsavisen 5 October 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Oct. 2, 2018 1:39 PM

Bolsonaro's way to popularity and his hostility toward women, homosexuals and colored people are reminiscent of Trump, but the differences are equally striking and frightening as the similarities, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 2 October 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Sep. 25, 2018 2:11 PM

Gendered violence works as an obstacle to organizing, political organizing is a response to gendered violence, and political organizing is a cause of further gender-based violence, writes Kristin Bergtora Sandvik, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and University of Oslo, in a blog post in Latin America Policy Journal on 18 September 2018.

Published Aug. 28, 2018 11:29 AM

Two years after the peace agreement between the FARC and the government there is no peace in Colombia. Does Norway have responsibility for that? asks  Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 29 August 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Aug. 23, 2018 2:30 PM

The interruption of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro’s speech at a military parade in Caracas on 4 August by explosions, sheds light on new types of security challenges that result from the growing presence of drones in Latin American airspace, writes Bruno Oliveira Martins, Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) and Malmö University; and Kristin B. Sandvik, University of Oslo and PRIO on PRIO Blogs 11 August 2018.

Published Aug. 23, 2018 2:25 PM

"The next Venezuela?" Hardly, but the road to peace will be long and painful, writes Mariel Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 9 August 2018 (in Norwegian).