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Lecture | Double lecture

Storm in the Andes: Assessing the current crisis in Bolivia and Chile

Thursday 28 November 2019
Van Wijkplaats
Van Wijkplaats 2
2311 BX Leiden

South America is currently experiencing an extremely stormy political scenario. Chile, from being an example of political stability and economic success in the region for the last 30 years, has suddenly become a veritable battlefield, dominated by continuous anti-systemic and violent demonstrations, demanding a radical reformulation of the very social, economic, political and constitutional foundations of Chilean society.  In Bolivia, the process of transformation led since 2006 by Evo Morales has abruptly come to an end, leading to the fall of his government and his forced exile in Mexico. Following Morales’ departure, Bolivia is facing a very uncertain social and political scenario, as violent clashes between adversaries and supporters of the deposed leaders continuous to dominate the political scene. It is still totally uncertain how and when a workable solution for the profound crisis affecting both South American nations can be found. What is clear is that in both countries, the political class and the democratic institutions (such as government and parliament) have lost most of their legitimacy in the eyes of broad sectors of the population.    

Soledad Valdivia and Patricio Silva (from the Latin American Studies Programme and members of the research group Politics, Culture and National Identities) will deliver a double lecture in which the recent Bolivian and Chilean crisis will be assessed in detail. Their aim is to identify the main social, political, ideological, and economic factors (and actors) that have been at the centre of the current crisis. They will also explore the possible role played by external factors in the crisis, as well as the direct impact of the current turmoil in both countries on the rest of the Latin American region. The lectures will be delivered in English.


Everyone is welcome. Cocktail afterwards at the Institute for History.

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