Greg talks with Ana Isabel López García, who is Assistant Professor at El Colegio de la Frontera Norte in Tijuana and Visiting Research Fellow, German Institute of Global Affairs and Area Studies. She does research on Latin American democratization and political institutions. She recently published an article on corporatist organizations and political parties in Mexico in The Latin Americanist, and they discuss the dynamics of corporatism and democratization.
Greg talks with Harold Trinkunas, who is Senior Research Scholar and Associate Director at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University. Among other things, he’s done a lot of research on Venezuela, including a book on civil-military relations. Last week he gave testimony at a hearing for the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee of the House Foreign Affairs Committee about Venezuela, and that was the topic of our discussion.
Greg talks with Michelle Bonner, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria in Canada. She studies democratization and human rights in Latin America. We discuss the state response to mining protests. How does the ideological of the government matter? What is “dialogue”? What does this tell us about democracy and repression in Latin America?
Greg talks about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, as a sort of postscript to his appearance on WFAE’s Charlotte Talks on the same day. What are the chances of congressional action?
Greg talks with Steven Hyland, an assistant professor in the Department of History and Political Science at Wingate University. He specializes in modern Argentina and international migration. He has a new book coming out entitled More Argentine Than You: Arab-Speaking Immigrants in Argentina with University of New Mexico Press. They discuss Muslim immigration to Argentina how that fit with Peronism, and broader patterns across Latin America.
Greg talks with Mervyn Bain, who is Lecturer in Politics and International Relations and Head of School of Social Sciences at the University of Aberdeen. He has published extensively on the relationship between Russia and Cuba. They talk about the continued strength of that relationships, the role of the United States, and what the future might look like.
Greg talks with Hannah Dreier, who has just finished three years as Venezuela correspondent for The Associated Press. She is the recipient of the 2016 James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for her coverage of the Venezuelan crisis. In July she’ll join ProPublica and cover immigration. We discuss the challenges of being a reporter in Venezuela, the type of coverage that Americans see, and how different it is to be a foreign versus local reporter there.
Greg talks with Mike Allison, who is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Scranton (and who will forever be known as the first repeat guest on the podcast). He also blogs at Central American Politics. The general topic is Central America and Trump, so we cover the upcoming international conference, immigration, and the outlook for Central America policy.
Greg talks about the new Foreign Relations of the United States volume and how it raises questions about Central American migration and comparisons to Venezuela today.
Greg talks with Jan-Albert Hootsen, who is Mexico Correspondent for the Committee to Protect Journalists, Trouw and America Magazine. As you might guess, he’s been focusing a lot on how dangerous it is to be a journalist in Mexico, and that’s the topic of conversation. Apologies for a few Skype issues in the middle.