Articles

  • Slow tally

    12 June 2016

    A description of how the voting system is organised.

  • Candidates less than explicit on key social and environmental issues

    12 June 2016

    What were the key issues in the election from a social and environmental perspective? What did the two second round candidates have to say about these? What are the challenges that lie ahead for the next government?

  • The election: what's left?

    6 June 2016

    In many ways, the Peruvian election has proved a shot in the arm for the Peruvian left. It is by far the best electoral result for the left in the last 30 years

  • Analysis of first round voting

    6 June 2016

    We include a reference here to a very useful article published in the Washington Post by Tomás Dosek and Martiza Paredes on the background to the second round.

  • Camisea: Report slams its social impacts

    6 June 2016

    In a piece written for The Guardian, David Hill picks up on an annual report written by a panel of experts on impacts at the Camisea gasfields.

  • Keiko under sustained attack over Ramírez drug scandal

    30 May 2016

    With one week to go until the second round, Keiko Fujimori continues to be surrounded by problematic figures. The scandal of Joaquín Ramírez has now escalated to include her vice-presidential candidate and spokesman, José Chlimper.

  • Bad week for Keiko

    22 May 2016

    --- Fuerza Popular boss steps aside over drug allegations

    --- Keiko and husband under investigation

    --- Death in Puno

  • Rapporteurs take up indigenous rights issues

    16 May 2016

    The UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples,  the UN Special Rapporteur on Toxic Waste, and the Inter-American Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, all met in Lima last week to take part in an international seminar on indigenous peoples and international trade.

  • The battle for the 12%

    16 May 2016

    With only twenty days to go to the second round vote, it is still not clear who will finally win the presidential elections. On 13 May pollsters CPI gave Keiko Fujimori a five-point lead in their latest poll. On 15 May, Ipsos-Apoyo had them neck-to-neck at 44.1% to 43.8%, with 12.1% still undecided. Irrespective of which poll provides a better reflection of reality, these are the 12% that Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski need to convince.

  • Tanaka's election take

    7 May 2016

    The election campaign has been full of surprises, and more may be in store. This was the central message of a talk given by Martín Tanaka to Peruvian students in Oxford this week. Polls still put Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Keiko Fujimori neck and neck in voter preferences. A GfK poll this week put Kuczynski marginally ahead with 50.1% to Keiko’s 49.9%.

  • Historical Overview

    Over the past century Peru has suffered a series of autocratic governments and a civil war in which nearly 70,000 people died. Many of the country's ongoing political and social problems are a legacy of its somewhat turbulent past. 

  • Society and Conflict

    Peru’s indigenous and peasant communities continue to suffer political marginalisation and discrimination. Insufficient consultation with such groups over political and developmental decisions has fostered feelings of disenfranchisement and led to elevated levels of social conflict.

  • Climate Change

    Two important reports on the impacts of climate change, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC ) Special Report on Emissions Scenarios and the Stern Review, place Peru as one of the countries that will be most affected by the effects of climate change.

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