Latin America

Coping with the Legacy of the Civil War in El Salvador

Coping with the Legacy of the Civil War in El Salvador

The Commission on the Truth for El Salvador partly failed but has also reached significant successes.

To What Extent are Gangs Sources of Security or Insecurity in the Global South?

To What Extent are Gangs Sources of Security or Insecurity in the Global South?

In certain communities, gangs may appear to be providers of security, while in others, their violent measures to achieve their goals generate fear for millions.

Negotiating the Convention on Cluster Munitions: Lessons Learnt

Negotiating the Convention on Cluster Munitions: Lessons Learnt

The Convention on Cluster Munitions is a model for future disarmament negotiations due to its patience and focus on humanitarianism and broad engagement.

What is the Principal Object of the International Legal System?

What is the Principal Object of the International Legal System?

Individuals & organizations are increasingly gaining traction in a state-dominant international legal order, a piecemeal process that may result in a global constitution.

The WTO Has Failed as a Multilateral Agency in Promoting International Trade

The WTO Has Failed as a Multilateral Agency in Promoting International Trade

Institutionally dominated by the powerful interests of Western elites, the WTO can never achieve real, substantial change or progress for developing nations.

The “Racialized” Construction of the Colombian Nation

The “Racialized” Construction of the Colombian Nation

The criollo elites in New Grenada crafted a complicated and sometimes contradictory ideological endeavor to organize the peoples and territories they aspired to rule.

The Arts as Healing Power in Transitional Justice

The Arts as Healing Power in Transitional Justice

The arts may hold healing power in transitioning societies, as they provide a means for survivors of atrocities to deal with the past and tell their stories in a creative way.

The Rise of the Contemporary Left in Latin America

The Rise of the Contemporary Left in Latin America

Neoliberal reforms, a changing workforce, and a dramatic economic downturn in the late 1990s led to a mass overthrow of rightwing incumbents and the ascendency of the left.

To What Extent Does History Determine the Foreign Policies Of the BRICS?

To What Extent Does History Determine the Foreign Policies Of the BRICS?

The BRICS today are undeniably concerned with creating multipolarity in a globalised world, but the extent to which historical conditions determine their foreign policies remains contested.

‘Do No Harm’ Revisited: Assessing the Challenges of Its Relevancy in Post-Earthquake Haiti

‘Do No Harm’ Revisited: Assessing the Challenges of Its Relevancy in Post-Earthquake Haiti

Though this study shows that Anderson’s ‘Do No Harm’ can identify the shortcomings in the provision of aid, it also stresses that DNH cannot be entirely applied to every context.

Are Mexican Drug Cartels Transnational?

Are Mexican Drug Cartels Transnational?

Mexican drug cartels have taken on many functions of the state, and should thus be analysed as political entities. Engaging with them in a political manner should help reduce violence.

What Implications Does Rising Chinese Influence Have for Latin America?

What Implications Does Rising Chinese Influence Have for Latin America?

The economic implications resulting from the rising Chinese influence in Latin America are differentiated from country to country, but also within each country’s economic sector.