Articles

  • 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.

  • Second round to be disputed by right-leaning candidates

    17 April 2016

    On 10 April, Peruvians went to the polls and voted in favour of right-leaning candidates Keiko Fujimori (KF) and Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK). Third in the run-off was left-leading congresswoman for Cuzco, Verónika Mendoza (VM).

  • Elections: photo finish in first round

    9 April 2016

    Peruvians go to the polls this Sunday, 10 April. As we went to press, it was still far from clear who would be participating in the probable run-off on 5 June. In spite of a comfortable lead, with around 33%, Keiko Fujimori was unlikely to obtain the 50% +1 to prevent a run-off. The race for second place looked like being neck-and-neck between investor-friendly Pedro Pablo Kuczynski (PPK) and leftist congresswoman from Cuzco, Verónika Mendoza.

  • Election Special Newsletter

    30 March 2016

    Since restoring democratic government in 2001, Peru has seen four presidential and congressional election contests, the latest of which takes place on 10 April. Four successive elections represent a first in Peru’s republican history, dominated as it has been by military and/or authoritarian governments, and/or ones elected on a very restrictive franchise. This is a success for democracy.

  • Candidates and their plans for Amazonia

    20 March 2016

    What the five leading candidates in the presidential race and their parties say they will do in respect to key concerns for communities living in the Amazon jungle.

  • 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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