Latin America’s generals, back in the political labyrinth

By: Gustavo Flores-Macías,  in The Washington Post
Wed, 11/13/2019

Gustavo Flores-Macías, associate professor of government, writes in this Washington Post opinion piece about how civilian control over the armed forces is faltering in Latin America.

"After two decades of relative democratic stability, the recent upheaval in a few countries seems to herald a return of military control under tutelary democracy: a system in which civilian authorities run the daily affairs of the government but the military has ultimate veto power and makes the country’s important decisions," he writes. "Tutelary democracies maintain the trappings of democracy — competitive elections and a free press — but the real power lies in the military apparatus, which reserves the right to intervene whenever its leaders deem the country to be going in the wrong direction."

Read the entire opinion piece.

  Gustavo Flores-Macias