Articles

  • The Cost of Conflict

    27 April 2015

    Internationally, mining companies are feeling the draught because of the decline in world prices for commodities like copper, silver, zinc and lead. They are being forced to slow down the development of new projects, and in some cases abandon them altogether.

  • Labyrinths of corruption

    27 April 2015

    To what extent does corruption affect the political responses of voters? How bad does it have to get for candidates accused of corrupt activities to be blacklisted by the electoral authorities? Are Peruvians so inured to corruption in public life that it becomes just something that is considered ‘normal’. To what extent have drug trafficking mafias penetrated key institutions of state? These are some of the questions that gain salience with respect to the upcoming presidential and legislative election whose first round is due to take place in just under a year’s time.

  • Pluspetrol: the price of clean-up

    27 April 2015

    As Pluspetrol, the Argentine oil and gas company, prepares to hand back its 20-year concession of Block 192 in the north-east of the country (Loreto region) to the state, the issue of remedial payments to offset the effects of pollution looks like becoming a thorny one.

  • García shifts his ground

    18 April 2015

    With twelve months to go before next year’s first round of presidential elections, it seems that twice former president Alan García is seeking to distance himself and APRA from the pro-Fujimorista bloc in Congress. On April 14 García announced that APRA would give its support to Cateriano when next week he seeks a vote of approval for the new cabinet chief and his ministers.

  • Palm oil expansion threatens the environment

    14 April 2015

    The threat posed to the Amazon and beyond by expansion of the palm oil business in the Amazon region is highlighted in a recently published report from the international campaigning organisation, Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA).

  • Peru's National Intelligence Service in the spotlight

    14 April 2015

    On Monday 9 February 2015, Peru suspended its National Intelligence Service (Dirección Nacional de Inteligencia or DINI) for 180 days following revelations that it had been spying on opposition politicians and on Vice-President Marisol Espinoza.

  • Leaked TPP document sparks row over foreign investment privileges

    30 March 2015

    The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is being negotiated between Peru and eleven other countries (including the United States). Last week, Wikileaks published a draft text of the chapter on investment to a number of newspapers in TPP aspirant countries, including Peru’s La República. The text expands on the faculties granted by Peru to foreign investors under the provisions of the FTA with the United States. It allows, for instance, for arbitration by international mediators in investment disputes even while local courts may still be engaged in seeking settlements.

  • Environmental protests lead to 'scrapping' of Tia Maria

    30 March 2015

    An 'indefinite' strike was called on Monday, March 23 against the Tia María copper and silver mining project in the Valle del Tambo in the Arequipa region of southern Peru. Demonstrators blocked the Pan American highway and violent clashes followed with the police. There appear to have been some injuries. On the following Friday (March 27) came a shock announcement from the company, Southern Peru Copper, that it was scrapping the project and terminating its investment in the area.

  • Andahuaylas electricity protest

    22 March 2015

    Andahualas last week made news when, after six days of protest by locals against a huge hike in electricity prices, the government finally intervened to cancel the increase.

  • Petroperú sidelined

    22 March 2015

    The abrupt dismissal last week of the president of Petroperú, appears to put an end to a long-running argument as to whether the state oil company should actually be involved in producing crude. Its role now seems destined to be no more than a refiner of largely imported crude for the domestic market.

  • 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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