How Biden’s “Democracy Summit” Might Actually Benefit the Americas

By Oliver Stuenkel

Debates should focus on home-grown threats to democracy such as inequality, fake news and the militarization of politics – rather than outside challenges.

SÃO PAULO - Most observers agree that democracy in Latin America is facing its worst crisis in decades. Ranging from the consolidation of autocracies in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Venezuela to the rise of authoritarian-minded populists in Brazil and Mexico, there is a growing sense that democratic leaders are on the backfoot and that a further erosion of democracy – including in the United States – is a very real possibility. Initially seen as an aberration, Trump, Bolsonaro, Bukele and López Obrador, may turn out to be, some fear, the new normal. In this deeply worrisome context, a...

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