Articles

  • 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%.

  • Election of an ombudsman

    7 May 2016

    Once again Congress is scheduled to make a final vote on a new human rights Ombudsman, this time on 18 May. The preliminaries being over, Congress has proposed two candidates for the position: the sitting interim Ombudsman, Eduardo Vega, and the jurist and former member of both the National Council of Magistrates (CNM) and the National Jury of Elections (JNE), Gastón Soto Vallenas.

  • And what is Fujimorismo today?

    1 May 2016

    The electoral advance of the Fuerza Popular in the 10 April elections raises the question – a key topic in the ongoing fight for the presidency – as to what Fujimorismo is 16 years on from the collapse of the regime of Alberto Fujimori in 2000.

  • Battle lines drawn

    1 May 2016

    In the three weeks since the first round, both Pedro Pablo Kuczynski and Keiko Fujimori are attempting to delineate their battle lines. Both have tried to present themselves as having some ideas in common with the Frente Amplio that nearly made it into the run-off.

  • Education programmes

    1 May 2016

    The battle between Keiko Fujimori and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski for the second round in June highlights the need for close scrutiny of their policies in fields other than those that have tended to predominate: economic management, fighting insecurity and tackling corruption. Education is an issue that tends to be left aside in the public debates so far.

  • Property concentration "affects democracy"

    24 April 2016

    In an interview published in La República, Germán Alarco, professor at the Universidad del Pacífico in Lima and former vice-minister of economy, criticised the degree of concentration of property ownership in Peru, and argued that this is detrimental to democracy.

  • Rodrik sceptical about return to high growth

    24 April 2016

    Dani Rodrik, the Harvard economist, was in Peru last week for a conference on the future of the Peruvian economy. He said he was sceptical about the possibility of Peru returning to the sort of high growth rates it achieved in the decade between 2002 and 2012.

  • And they're off, again...

    24 April 2016

    Two weeks after the 10 April first-round elections, the battle for the second round (on 5 June) is now well under way. Three opinion polls predict a tight race between Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (Peru por el Kambio, PPK) and Keiko Fujimori. 

  • Inter-American Commission considers Tintaya complaints

    24 April 2016

    On 8 April, in Washington, representatives of indigenous and human rights organizations attended a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on the ‘Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples and Campesino Communities in Espinar, Cusco, Peru’.

  • Can dialogue happen at Las Bambas?

    17 April 2016

    The all-important Mesa de Dialogo at the Las Bambas mine is due to resume on Thursday 21 April. However, the situation remains confused and tense. A fresh strike has been declared in Challhuahuacho.

  • 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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