Articles

  • Regional Elections in Puno

    29 November 2014

    With only days to go before the 7 December second round of regional elections, one of the most interesting contests is taking place in Puno, in the south-east of the country on the border with Bolivia.

  • Cusco goes to a second round

    16 November 2014

    Cusco is one of the many regions of Peru where a second round of elections for regional president is due on December 7 but it looks improbable that the quality of governance will improve over the next four-year period.

  • The next Human Rights Ombudsman:continuing delay

    2 November 2014

    Almost four years since Beatriz Merino formally stepped down as Human Rights Ombudsman in 2011, Congress has once again failed in its duty to appoint someone to this important public role.

  • Cajamarca's Santos and the Conga mining project

    26 October 2014

    One of the most striking victories in the recent election of regional presidents was that of Gregorio Santos in Cajamarca. He won over 50% of the vote from his prison cell, having effectively turned the regional election into a plebiscite on Conga, the giant mining project. But the elections also saw widespread victories for other candidates critical of mining projects in their areas.

  • Electoral tea-leaves

    18 October 2014

    It’s a year and a half to the next presidential elections. Though this may sound a long time in Peruvian politics, the main political actors are now moving into gear for the big fight in 2016, now that the municipal and regional elections are over.

  • State Capture or the 'Reprivada'

    28 September 2014

    With municipal and regional elections imminent, Peruvian voters may be forgiven for wondering about the value of democratic institutions in their country. What you vote for is far from being any guarantee of what you get.

  • Law and Order and the temptation of right-wing populism

    31 August 2014

    The lack of a feeling of citizen security in Peru has long been one of the top concerns of potential voters when consulted by the various polling agencies whose surveys have become a staple of newspapers and television.

  • Investment versus the environment: the need for a new approach

    31 July 2014

    With investment rates in extractive industries falling, what is the best way to reverse this trend? Surely rescinding existing environmental legislation is not the way to do it. But this is the path on which the Humala administration – under constant lobbying pressure from the investor community – appears resolved to pursue.

  • Corruption besmirches decentralised government

    28 June 2014

    Corruption has never been far from the surface of Peruvian politics, but with the October local elections approaching, the scale of corruption has become depressingly clear in sub-national levels of government throughout much of the country. Regional governments in as many as 19 of Peru’s 25 regions are under investigation for corruption.

  • Education for All

    27 May 2014

    Peru´s Education system is bottom of the list in Latin America and globally, according to the 2013 PISA report (Program for International Student Assessment) for developed and more advanced developing 65 countries. Prime Minister René Cornejo has announced measures to raise educational standards in 2015.

  • 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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