Articles by: Lucas Silva Lopes

Brazil: Temerity, Impeachment and Temer

Brazil: Temerity, Impeachment and Temer

September 18, 2017 at 2:35 PM

    Michel Temer is in deep trouble and could be the second president impeached within just one year.  The presidency represents the pinnacle to any politician’s career. Desired by many, yet fitting for very few. It has the potential to either make or break a political career. In noRead More

No redemption for Mercosur?

No redemption for Mercosur?

September 28, 2016 at 10:13 AM

Alphabetically speaking, it is Venezuela’s turn to lead the Southern Common Market, the Mercosur. According to Chapter II Article 12 of the Treaty of Asuncion, the presidency of the Common Market Council “shall be exercised through the rotation of the member states in alphabetical order for periods of six months.”Read More

Cunha Falls: The “House of Cards”is falling?

Cunha Falls: The “House of Cards”is falling?

August 2, 2016 at 12:18 PM

  The list of politicians under investigation by General Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot and Supreme Court justice Sergio Moro contains some very familiar names: president Dilma Rousseff, interim president Michel Temer, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, senator Aecio Neves, president of the Senate Renan Calheiros and last but notRead More

Peru and PPK: Held back by a backpack?

Peru and PPK: Held back by a backpack?

July 12, 2016 at 10:57 AM

“La Muy Grande Mochila”: The Shadow Of Fujimorismo And The Defeat Of Keiko Fujimori The philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The famous quote by Mr. Santayana is very fitting to describe the outcome of the Peruvian presidential election andRead More

The fall of the Populists: The churn in Latin America

The fall of the Populists: The churn in Latin America

June 14, 2016 at 5:27 AM

Populists are losing ground in Latin America. Their decline started in Argentina with the fall of Cristina Kirchner and her Front for Victory coalition in 2015. It followed with Brazil and the influence peddling charges against former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva that put a dent in his hopesRead More

Can Temer learn from 1992?

Can Temer learn from 1992?

May 30, 2016 at 6:58 AM

Michel Temer finally got what he wanted: the presidency. Never mind the titles “Acting President” or “Interim President” for it is highly unlikely the Federal Senate will not convict president Dilma Rousseff once the 180 days the Constitution stipulates for convicting or absolving the president are up. Whether the peopleRead More