Rank #1: Episode 68: Understanding the Bolivian Crisis
Greg talks with Miguel Centellas, who is Croft Instructional Associate Professor of Sociology & International Studies at The University of Mississippi. He does research on Bolivian politics and electoral politics and measuring democracy as well. He was on the podcast way back in December 2016. At that point, Evo Morales had decided to run despite the failed referendum. This time we discuss the current crisis, what the opposition is like, and the state of Bolivian democracy, complete with a Star Wars reference.
Here is a link to our last conversation: https://archive.org/details/Podcast18_201612
Oct 29 2019
Rank #2: Episode 67: China & Venezuela
Greg talks with Jason Marczak, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council. He’s been active in studying Latin America for a long time, previously with the Americas Society and Council for the Americas. Yesterday the council hosted an event “China, Oil, and Venezuela: Myths, Reality, and the Future.” In particular, they talk about what China’s interests are in Venezuela, and what role it might play in an eventual political transition.
Oct 23 2019
Rank #3: Episode 69: Understanding the Chilean Crisis
Greg talks with Pablo Rubio, a historian who is currently Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University and Investigador de la Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile. He researches the political transition in Chile and U.S.-Chilean relations. We chat about the effects of the transition, constitutional reform, police violence, and even how the right believes Venezuela is behind the protests.
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Dec 19 2019
Rank #4: Episode 71: Latin America, the U.S., and China
This is a different kind of episode, as it’s a recording of a talk Greg gave on Latin America, the U.S., and China on February 19, 2020 for the Great Decisions series, sponsored by the Office of International Programs at UNC Charlotte.
Feb 20 2020
Rank #5: Episode 70: Latin American Civil-Military Relations: What The &%$*&?
Greg goes it alone in this episode, feeling flashbacks to the 1990s and the continued relevance of civil-military relations in Latin America, to the detriment of democracy. He looks in general at the issue, with reference to El Salvador and Bolivia. Really, what the &%$&?
Feb 12 2020