The Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies


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In this issue:

- Sergio Fajardo is teaching his country Colombia a new kind of politics;
- Berkeley scholars Peter Evans and Elizabeth McKenna look at the "legislative coup" in Brazil and its aftermath;
- The photography of Susan Meiselas of crises in Nicaragua in both 1979 and 2018

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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken highlights the Fall 2015 issue of the Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies’ analysis on the status of US-Cuba relations, Guadalupe Rivera’s reflections on the life of her father Diego, and the future of a post-neoliberal Latin America.
Cuba experts Valerie Wirtschafter and Julia Sweig discuss the negotiations that led to the historic détente with Cuba and what to expect moving forward after Obama and Castro leave office.
Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Charles Ferguson explains the dire threat that Latin America and the world face as a result of climate change and the options available to avoid ecological catastrophe.
What’s next for Latin America after the Washington Consensus? Political scientists Manuel Castells and Fernando Calderón analyze the development model currently evolving in the continent as the region undergoes an economic and political transition.
After several years of economic boom and being seen as a rising power, Brazil is now in the midst of a severe political and economic meltdown. Elizabeth McKenna examines how this happened.

Half a century after its founding, Chile’s Movement of the Revolutionary Left (MIR) is still not widely understood. Historian Marian Schlotterbeck shares personal stories she encountered from former MIR members.

Guadalupe Rivera, daughter of Diego Rivera, sheds new light on the life and times of Mexico’s most famous artist.
Clientelism is a political reality in much of Latin America. Political scientist Thad Dunning examines its modus operandi in Latin America and beyond.
Despite the image of a united Cuban society presented by the ruling Communist Party, ethnomusicologist Rebecca Bodenheimer reveals the deep divisions, including a marked regionalism, that shape political and personal relations on the island.
Professor Sergio Aguayo places the conversation on organized crime within a larger geopolitical frame, examining the history of the drug trade and looking towards its future in Latin America.
“Rape on the Night Shift” explores the hidden truth of the abuse and sexual violence that immigrant women in the janitorial industry face in the workplace.
Argentine artist Claudia Bernardi shares how the traumatic experiences faced by children fleeing violence in Mexico and Central America can tell their story through art they themselves create.
Margaret Hellweg, part of a research team funded by a CLAS/CONICYT grant, shares their findings on earthquake prevention technology in Chile and California.