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Democratic Charter has fallen short in Latin America

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Significance

It has proved more effective in cajoling smaller states in the region than the larger ones and, under the stewardship of Secretary-General Luis Almagro, has been used primarily to attack left-wing governments more than those of the right.

Impacts

  • The lack of strong party systems in many countries will limit the appeal of representative democracy.
  • Deep social divides, coupled with ethnic tensions in several countries, will persist.
  • Other interested outside actors, such as China, will contribute little to debates about democracy.
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