Mexico’s President Lopez Obrador’s Experiment with Democracy

Written by: Harry Colvin Throughout March and early April, Mexico City was filled with fliers, signs and billboards encouraging the public to vote on whether or not President Manuel López Obrador, often referred to as AMLO, should remain in office or not. One flier supporting AMLO’s stay in office read, “If you don’t participate, the…

Germany’s New Governing Coalition 

Written by: Cameron Yonan Germany’s new government coalition is facing its first major hurdle: The Omicron COVID-19 variant. Will Germany survive another lockdown, or are mandatory vaccines the answer? The incoming government coalition will have to decide a course of action as COVID-19 cases skyrocket in Germany, mainly credited to the emergence of the Omicron…

Daniel Ortega Clinches Nicaraguan Presidency in a “Sham” Election on November 7th: Will the Biden Administration’s Sanctions Impact his Reign?

Written by: Elena Cata All eyes have been on Nicaragua in recent weeks as recent presidential campaigns culminated in the general election on November 7th. Unsurprisingly, incumbent Daniel Ortega triumphed and assumed his 4th consecutive term as the country’s president. In the months leading up to the election, Ortega’s attempts to punish dissent and quell…

Interpreting the German Election

Written by: Cameron Yonan Germany’s election results this past September were historic. Candidates from various backgrounds, including six new members under the age of 25, were elected. Germany has six major federal parties on a spectrum between left and right and like most countries, in recent years, younger representatives are getting elected. In the Bundestag,…

Brazil: Democracy or Autocracy

Written by: Christopher Ploumidis In one year, Brazilian politicians will be facing off for the most powerful offices in the nation.   The 2022 Brazilian Presidential election is beginning to closely mirror the 2020 U.S. Presidential election in some frightening ways. Known as the “Trump of the Tropics,” presidential incumbent Jair Bolsanaro has been sowing…

A Broad Look at Angela Merkel’s Legacy

Written by: Graham Brown After a razor-thin German parliamentary election in September that left more questions than answers, one thing is known: whoever is in charge, it will not be the “Queen of Europe.” As Angela Merkel exits stage right following an unprecedented sixteen-year reign, she leaves behind a more powerful European Union, an unchecked…

Ecuador’s New President Faces Compromise with Rising Indigenous Party

Written by: Peter LaBelle On April 10, Ecuador held the second round of its presidential election, which delivered a surprise victory to the conservative former banker Guillermo Lasso over the leftist Andres Arauz. Though Lasso had only narrowly made it into the runoff over another leftist candidate, Arauz may have been harmed at the polls…

Brazil Struggles with Racial Redefinition in Office

Written by: Kamika Patel In part because of growing awareness of racial inequality and in part because of growing global recognition of the Black Lives Matter movement, more attention has been paid to the self-declaration of candidates’ race in the 2020 elections in Brazil. Electoral candidates have been required to declare their “color/race” in Brazil…