• Fujimori, Fujimorismo and the shift to the right

    27 May 2014

    A recent poll by Datum suggests that Keiko Fujimori leads the list of voting intentions for the next presidential election with 30%, followed by Pedro Pablo Kuczynski with 22% and Alan García with 8%. The shift to the right in Peruvian politics appears to be an established fact.

  • Geographies of Conflict: Mapping Overlaps (Extractive Industries & Agriculture)

    29 April 2014

    Report: Geographies of Conflict: Mapping Overlaps between Extractive Industries and Agricultural Land Use in Ghana and Peru. Oxfam Research Report, Oxfam America 2014

  • García's oversized political ego

    29 April 2014

    The long saga of whether García will be able to stand for president (yet again) in 2016 passed another chapter at the end of March when Judge Hugo Velásquez nullified a congressional report into alleged corruption during García’s second government (2006-11).

  • Unpicking what climate change may mean for Peru

    24 March 2014

    In December this year, Peru will host the COP-20 meeting on worldwide climate change.  Peru accounts for just 0.7% of global greenhouse gases, but it is one of the countries most seriously threatened by the impacts of climate change. It is to be hoped therefore, that the hosting of COP-20 will galvanise public opinion and force the political class to think more purposefully long-term in devising ways of mitigating the likely effects.

  • Government threatens weakening environmental controls on gas and oil exploration

    24 March 2014

    The new minister of energy and mines, Eleodoro Mayorga, announced on March 6 that the government ‘was going to eliminate the requirement for Environmental Impact Studies [EIAs] for seismic exploration’ for oil and gas.A storm of protest has since erupted,

  • Mining and Undermining

    24 March 2014

    In recent weeks, attacks have been launched in the Peruvian media against European organisations which – supposedly – want to frustrate Peru’s bid to attract foreign investment into the country’s mining sector.  These organisations have been described as ‘anti-mining’. 

  • Battle over mining tax for regions as elections near

    28 FEBRUARY 2014

    Sharp falls are strengthening calls for reform of a system that benefits only a few areas, but can vested interests be overcome to smooth regional budgets?

  • Protests and film challenge closure of forced sterilisation inquiry

    28 FEBRUARY 2014

    Women who faced forced sterilisation in 1990s Peru have taken action against the closure of an investigation into former president and ministers.

  • Climate change at home: Peru readies for global negotiations

    28 January 2014

    As Peru prepares to host this year's UN climate summit, the Environment Minister discusses action to address pollution, logging and forest peoples' rights.

  • President Humala at the half-way mark

    28 January 2014

    At the midpoint of Humala's administration, we examine whether any of Humala's promised 'transfomation' has arrived

  • 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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