If we can understand how Argentina, a country born of an international character similar to the U.S., fosters an international-leaning patriotism, maybe we can learn a bit about our own national identity as well and why patriotism doesn’t have to be us against the world.
While leaders have a role in inspiring and guiding politics, the real driving force is a type of healthy populism deeply embedded in the Argentine national identity. Politics — and therefore protest — are part of Argentina as much as the mountains are.
The TPP’s tariff reduction scheme, which planned to eliminate an estimated 18,000 tariffs amongst the dozen participant countries, would have opened the door to countries in Southeast Asia to compete with Central America.
Many Latin American countries have turned to Conditional Cash Transfer policies (CCTs) as a way to combat rampant inequality and poverty. The premise is simple: give poor families small sums of cash as long as they keep their kids in school, get them vaccinated, and seek regular medical checkups for children and mothers.
Lorena Peña’s proposed reform comes at an inopportune time, and will face strong public opposition from pro-life organizations and the Church.
International pressure and shifting global norms may encourage Latin American governments to make urban development more inclusive and peaceful.
Judging by the content of the deal, the political entities involved and the region’s geopolitical history, Santos’ peace was doomed to fail.