One year on from the political crisis that engulfed Peru in December 2022, with protests almost daily on the streets of Lima, the country is still facing a staggering number of risks in both politics and the economy. 12 months after then-President Pedro Castillo tried to illegally dissolve Congress and was removed from office, his replacement, Dina Boluarte, is now facing potential charges related to her government’s heavy-handed repression of protests. On the economic front, most analysts say Peru is in recession. In this episode, we try to understand what is happening and explore if things will improve soon. Our guest is Luis Miguel Castilla, a political consultant, a former finance minister between 2011 and 2014, and a former ambassador to the United States.
On this episode:
Luis Miguel Castilla is a political consultant. He served as finance minister (2011-14) under President Ollanta Humala and as Peru’s ambassador to the U.S.
Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly.
If you’d like to know more:
Peru’s Next Generation of Leaders Is Leaving by Andrea Moncada
What Caused Peru’s Economic Downfall? by Alfredo E. Thorne
Pacific Alliance Rift: Chile Tries to Mend Ties Between Mexico and Peru by Patricia Garip
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