Civil-Military Relations and Military Missions in Contemporary Latin America: Argentina’s Sinuous Path Towards a Democratic Defense Policy (2011-2016)
After three decades of democratic reforms, the literature on Latin American civil-military relations has shifted its focus from the military towards civilian elites. Following this trend, this article offers a contribution to the study of the ‘civilian variable’ by examining two controversial decisions taken by Argentina since 2011: the empowerment of an army official who gained influence over key areas of national defense; and the involvement of the armed forces in anti-drug operations. While the literature often relates setbacks in […]
Between Autonomy and Dependency: the Place of Agency in Brazilian Foreign Policy
The article examines the construction of the concept of autonomy in Latin America and discusses to what extent it can be applied to contemporary Brazilian foreign policy. The article first examines classical definitions of the concept, and then looks at the ways in which it has been used to analyze Brazilian foreign policy for over half a century. We then reaffirm the importance of agency and how power relations vary from one thematic area to another. In doing so, the […]
Women’s movements and their influence on policies
This article aims to determine whether and in what ways women’s movements vary their strategies in order to influence the political agenda according to different political scenarios. It uses a qualitative small-N comparison in four South American countries. The findings suggest that women’s movements collaborate with the state. However, this collaboration presents variations that depend on the political scenario at the time: critically, the status of the women’s policy agency, the leaders’ views and background, and the composition of the […]
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?
(Allison, Graham. Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap? New York: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2017) What is ‘Destined for War’s’ main argument? In sum, the impact of a rising China on the United States and the global order under American hegemony are leading these two nations toward an avoidable violent clash, which neither one wants, because they risk falling into what the author calls ‘Thucydides’s Trap’. […]