Articles

  • Plus ca change - How Peruvian elites stay on top

    3 July 2016

    As Peru prepares for a change of government on July 28, the question once again poses itself as to how Peruvian elites, particularly those linked to extractive industries, maintain their dominance over policy-making in the economic sphere.

  • Las Bambas: one step forward

    19 June 2016

    On 15 June, El Peruano (the official government gazette) published an important new norm governing the difficult proceedings at Las Bambas, the potentially huge Chinese-owned copper mine in Apurímac

  • PPK walks mining tightrope

    19 June 2016

    The coming weeks and months will be crucial for Peru's future. How will the new team work on the tension between, on the one hand, reassuring mining investors, securing new projects and confirming hesitant firms already half involved, while, on the other, reassuring communities affected by mining that their interests will be taken fully into account?

  • Award for Víctor Zambrano

    19 June 2016

    The work of Víctor Zambrano from the Madre de Dios region has been given international recognition last week by winning the National Geographic Award for Leadership in Conservation.

  • Slow tally

    12 June 2016

    A description of how the voting system is organised.

  • Candidates less than explicit on key social and environmental issues

    12 June 2016

    What were the key issues in the election from a social and environmental perspective? What did the two second round candidates have to say about these? What are the challenges that lie ahead for the next government?

  • The election: what's left?

    6 June 2016

    In many ways, the Peruvian election has proved a shot in the arm for the Peruvian left. It is by far the best electoral result for the left in the last 30 years

  • Analysis of first round voting

    6 June 2016

    We include a reference here to a very useful article published in the Washington Post by Tomás Dosek and Martiza Paredes on the background to the second round.

  • Camisea: Report slams its social impacts

    6 June 2016

    In a piece written for The Guardian, David Hill picks up on an annual report written by a panel of experts on impacts at the Camisea gasfields.

  • Keiko under sustained attack over Ramírez drug scandal

    30 May 2016

    With one week to go until the second round, Keiko Fujimori continues to be surrounded by problematic figures. The scandal of Joaquín Ramírez has now escalated to include her vice-presidential candidate and spokesman, José Chlimper.

  • 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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