Great Decisions Discussion Group

Politics in Latin America

Our next “Great Decisions” topic for discussion will be “Politics in Latin America.” We will meet on Monday, June 26, at 6:00 p.m. in the Walpole Town Library.

Suggested reading is the article “Political Trends in Latin America,” by Jorge Castaneda, available at the library. Also available at the library is the Master Class on DVD, “Politics in Latin America,” with which we will begin our meeting on June 26.

This is a complex topic to tackle, with dictatorships, social democracies and populist governments rising and falling. What does democracy look like in Latin America? Why have left-wing governments been popular? Can the new governments overcome problems of extreme income inequality, gang violence and leadership corruption? How well do we understand our southern neighbors, their contemporary elections, our own culpabilities, the growing influence of China and the plight of migrants seeking asylum?

All are welcome to join this public forum at 6:00 p.m. on Monday, June 26, either in person in the Hubbard Meeting Room at the Walpole Town Library or via Zoom. For the Zoom link, please contact Jane Malmberg in advance of the meeting:

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