• 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.

  • 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’. 

  • 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. 

  • Human Rights

    Human rights violations were widespread during the twenty years after the initiation of armed conflict in 1980. Efforts to convict perpetrators since the war's end have made only limited progress. Today, concerns remain over the treatment of those engaged in social protest, particularly against strategically important investment projects.

  • 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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