Analysis and opinions

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. 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).

Published Aug. 23, 2018 2:18 PM

Why does the left in Latin America support a dictator who sacrifices class struggle and human rights to stay in power? asks Mariel Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, in an article in Klassekampen 8 August 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published Aug. 23, 2018 2:14 PM

Unless violence is allowed for too long and creates too much hatred and polarization, there is still a basis for building a post-Ortega community. However, it requires action quickly, wisely and efficiently, nationally and internationally, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 24 July 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published June 29, 2018 1:43 PM

Uncritical emphasis on the decline in the number of people killed in combat contributes to hide the rise of violence in a whole region, namely Latin America, with consequences for reactions from the international community, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 29 June 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published June 20, 2018 9:38 AM

A victory for Andrés Manuel López Obrador and the left-wing party Morena in the elections in Mexico on July 1 could change the political landscape in Latin America significantly, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Dagsavisen 19 June 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published June 20, 2018 9:35 AM

Will he manage to focus on what unites Colombians, and not what divide them? asks Bård Drange, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, in an article in Dagsavisen 15 June 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published June 20, 2018 9:33 AM

In many poor countries, the business elites are not only concerned with profits, but also to secure power. Often the differences between private and public are unclear, writes Benedicte Bull, University of Oslo, in an article in Bistandsaktuelt 13 June 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published June 20, 2018 9:30 AM

The political party “Rødt” defends an authoritarian regime that commits crimes against humanity, writes Leiv Marsteintredet, University of Bergen, in an article in Aftenposten 12 June 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published May 24, 2018 9:41 AM

The Bolivar's 140-year-long history can soon be over - and the scarcity will be even worse, write Aslak Orre, Chr. Michelsen Institute, and Antulio Rosales, University of Oslo, in an article Aftenposten 20 May 2018 (in Norwegian).

Published May 24, 2018 9:39 AM

Despite economic growth and poverty reduction, Daniel Ortega faces a more divided Nicaragua. Pension cuts as well as alliances with the church and economic elites have eroded the president's trust among people and social movements, writes Mariel Aguilar-Støen, University of Oslo, in an article at Radikal Portal 21 May 2018 (in Norwegian).

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).