Articles

  • Campaign: plagiarism charges could impact on Acuña

    1 February 2016

    With several new opinion polls due to be published in the immediate future, it looks like being an important week ahead in the race for the presidency. The fight for the middle ground separating Keiko Fujimori and the relatively large numbers of ‘also rans’ is intensifying.

  • Presidential campaigning and extractives

    1 February 2016

    The issue of extractives has entered the presidential campaign debate with force. As an exporter of primary materials products vulnerable to large variations in prices, the role these play in the economy is never far from public attention, particularly with respect to social conflicts they often generate.

  • Conflict on all sides: HudBay, the Constancia mine and promised dialogue.

    1 February 2016

    The Canadian-owned Constancia mine in Chumbivilcano, near Cusco, is once again in the news. A 72-hour strike was called this week by the Frente Unico de Defensa de los Intereses de Velille, in protest at what they see as the company's failure, over two years, to hold serious talks over its environmental and social responsibilities.

  • Memories from the other side

    1 February 2016

    The Place of Memory opened its doors to the Peruvian public at the end of last year as part of an effort to socialise, at least to a limeño public, memories of victims in the 20-year long war between Sendero Luminoso and the Peruvian armed forces.

  • Elections: the challenge of the micro-candidates

    24 January 2016

    Experience in previous presidential elections in Peru suggests that, to win, the most important thing is to reach the second round on an ascending popularity curve. Since 1990 it has been possible for candidates who only months previously were polling in single digits and who were written off as ‘no hopers’, not only reach to reach the second round but, indeed to win the presidency.

  • Campaign picks up on prior consultation

    24 January 2016

    The important topic of Prior Consultation (consulta previa) of indigenous peoples has been usefully brought into the foreground of the electoral debate this last week.

  • Social programmes: some significant advances

    24 January 2016

    The Ollanta Humala administration has been attacked from both left and right on its various shortcomings and its vacillating stance on a number of key issues, however, one area where it deserves some credit is in that of social policy.

  • Presidential race: 19 candidates put hats in ring

    18 January 2016

    The deadline for inscriptions passed at midnight on 11 January with an unprecedented number of would-be candidates throwing their hats into the ring for the 10 April elections. We list who they are, alongside their candidates for first and second vice-presidents respectively.

  • Toromocho: Chinese appear to be trying hard

    18 January 2016

    At Morococha, in the department of Junín, the idea of creating a ‘new town’ had been shelved when Chinalco took over the Toromocho project in 2007. The idea was swiftly resurrected, and today it appears that the majority of residents have chosen to move to the town of over a thousand rent-free houses and five schools.

  • Choosing names for Congress

    11 January 2016

    With just three months to go to election day on 10 April, Peru’s myriad parties and alliances are busy producing the lists of candidates they will put forward for Congress. Their number will be larger than ever. Candidates for the presidency had to register by midnight on Monday, 11 January.

  • 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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