Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

AQ Podcast | Former President Solís on Central America: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

A comprehensive look at challenges to democracy but also reasons for hope in the region
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The backsliding of democracy is a reality in many parts of the world, and Central America has been no exception. Nicaragua is under an authoritarian regime. El Salvador’s President has announced he will run for reelection despite his country’s constitution forbidding it. And even in Costa Rica, once seen as a bastion of stability, there have been worrying signs. What is pushing this trend in the region, and what are the efforts to reverse it? In this episode of The Americas Quarterly Podcast, Brian Winter and former President of Costa Rica Luis Guillermo Solís analyze the political scenario in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica and Guatemala.

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Luis Guillermo Solís is a former President of Costa Rica


Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly

Supplemental reading: 

Three Reasons to Be Optimistic About Central American Democracy by Luis Guillermo Solís

Central America May Need an Embrace, Not a Wagging Finger by Brian Winter

AQ Podcast: El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele: Strong and Getting Stronger

What’s Behind China’s Growing Push into Central America? by Luis Guillermo Solís

Tags: AQ Podcast, Central America, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nayib Bukele, Nicaragua
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