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Observatory on Latin American Politics: Future Challenges with Luis Alberto Moreno
Amid the profound societal changes Latin America has been experiencing, the region’s middle class nearly doubled in size over the past decade, this year is also seeing many political transformations place.
Most significantly the upcoming presidential elections in the three biggest countries in the region —Brazil, Colombia, and Mexico— with populism closely linked to all, as well as the political changes that have taken place in others as Cuba or Peru. The president of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), Luis Alberto Moreno, visited IE School of International Relations in May, to give his take on the political, economic and social happenings in Latin American and the Caribbean.
From the get-go Moreno dived into an overview, looking at the trend lines and the set of challenges the region faces as a whole for economic development. The president of the IDB, a Colombian national, strongly advocated for greater trade and the need for better capacity to integrate the region in a more efficient way. “We have over 33 trade agreements in the region and we would benefit from a stronger coordination to become a major regional player. For example integrating regional trade blocs like Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance has a lot of support and could bring many benefits,” he said. In fact, he suggested the idea that Latin America and the Caribbean should follow Europe’s integration path.
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Rohingya Crisis and UN involvement
Why Pragmatism is Key to Humanitarian Resolve.
The United Nations’ half-hearted response to the Rohingya crisis in Rakhine State (Myanmar) is disappointing, but unsurprising. The Security Council’s failure to act decisively to react to today’s fastest growing humanitarian crisis is reminiscent of its attitude towards similar crises since the 1990s across the world. Despite the ever-extensive toolbox of UN policy makers to deal with large-scale human rights violations, ethnic cleansing campaigns, and acts of genocide, the Rohingya crisis reminds us of the fact that human security is always secondary to political interests. There is no use for idealism. Pragmatism is key.
The Rohingya Muslim minority in Western Myanmar has been subject to state oppression and internal conflict since Myanmar’s independence from Britain in 1948. The roughly one million Rohingya in the state of Rakhine have been effectively stateless since a citizenship law of 1982 which designated them as foreign Bengali from neighboring Bangladesh.
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