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Unisa Centre for Latin American Studies

1. About theUnisa Centre for Latin American Studies (UCLAS)

UCLAS was established in the 1980s and became defunct in the late 2000s and Unisa has decided to revive it in response to the growing importance of understanding the Latin America and the Caribbean region in a changing global south and how this impacts on Africa. The IGD is mandated to lead the process of revitalizing the UCLAS in partnership with other stakeholders inside and outside Unisa.

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Defending Democracy in the Americas

defDemocinAmericasCommodity busts have traditionally produced political change and instability in Latin America, so it is not surprising that while the recent boom led to unprecedented (though unsustainable) prosperity in the region since the turn of the century, the bust would lead to discontent with democracy across the continent. While voters where able to express their anger at incumbents within the institutional framework in Argentina, Bolivia and Peru, citizens in Venezuela are facing a government unwilling to accept new realities. The result is one of the worst constitutional crises in years, which is set to keep regional leaders busy for years, and taints Latin America's image in the world.

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Brexit creates EU-Britain nightmare for the Caribbean

212195 w304The 12 English-speaking independent countries of the Caribbean Community (Caricom) have, at the most, two years to formulate a plan for dealing with the serious consequences of the British exit (Brexit) from the European Union (EU).

Indeed, the time may be less if the current mood of the leadership of the EU intensifies. They want Britain gone “as soon as possible”. The presidents of the European Council, Commission and Parliament — Donald Tusk, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz respectively — and Mark Rutte, the prime minister of the Netherlands, which holds the EU’s rotating presidency, are reported as saying any delay to Britain’s exit would “unnecessarily prolong uncertainty”.

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Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery in Latin America and the Caribbean

SikhumbuzoServitude or slavery has been a pervasive problem in the world throughout history and even though it was officially eliminated in the nineteenth century, it still exists today. Human trafficking has been categorized as a modern form of slavery.

Drawing from the definition laid out in Article 3(a) of the Trafficking in Persons Protocol, “human trafficking entails the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons, by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person for the purpose of exploitation.”

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Brazil’s neo-liberals threat to Brics

zondiWhat should we make of the change of leadership in Brazil? What are the implications for the agency of the global south in this long battle to decolonise world affairs?

We have watched as the political drama in Brasilia unfolded towards the removal of Ms Dilma Rousseff from the presidency.

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Reflecting on our Chilean Experience

lona nalediWe (Lona Gqiza and Naledi Plaatjies), former Research Assistants at the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) were recently awarded the AGCI Nelson Mandela Scholarship to pursue Master’s Degrees at the Universidad de Concepción, Chile. We arrived in Chile on the 11th of March 2016 to start intensive Spanish classes for six months. We will thereafter pursue our Master’s Degrees in Politics and Governance in August. This paper serves as a reflection of the experiences gained on foreign land thus far and cements the important role the Institute for Global Dialogue played.

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Panama Papers should transform global economic governance

zondiLeaks have become the best way to cause global authorities to act on crimes of the global elite, writes Siphamandla Zondi.

The release of the Panama Papers on April 4 has caused the world to look again at unethical conduct by global business and the political elite. It has revived the question of the dark underbelly of global capitalism: the rich getting richer at the expense of the poor.

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Venezuela’s legislative change leads to ideological battle; what does this mean for the people?

nalediplaaitjiesFor the first time in 17 years the Venezuelan socialist Partido Sociolista Unido de Venezuela PSUV party under the leadership of Maduro lost its legislative majority in the December 2015 elections. Economic depression and high inflation rate led to the victory of the Mesa de la Unidad Democrática (MUD) opposition, comprised of a coalition of more than 20 parties. This piece serves to analyze the political atmosphere in Venezuela following the appointment of a new legislature.

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About The Project

UCLAS was established in the 1980s and gained a high profile through its activities in service of the needs of the government of the day and the publication of its Bi-Annual Journal, the Latin American Report. The centre emerged as a DFA intiative, to advance relations with Latin America through the centre, as well as the element of counteracting the isolation of SA during the 1980s.

UCLAS was conceived as a transdisciplinary centre of research, information and community engagement on political, economic and social/cultural dynamics in Latin America and the Caribbean in the context of the changing global south and how these impact South Africa and Africa. Its mandate is to promote scholarly research and exchanges, policy engagement, business interactions and cultural contact between South Africa/ Africa and the region.

 

Editors

  1. Pieter Rall, Unisa Press, South Africa
  2. SiphamandlaZondi, Institute for Global Dialogue associated with Unisa, South Africa
  3. MologadiMomoMalatsi, Unisa Press
  4. Dr Philani Mthembu, Institute for Global Dialogue ssociated with Unisa, South Africa
  5. Mr Francis Kornegay, Institute for Global Dialogue associated with Unisa, South Africa

Section Editors

  1. Dr Philani Mthembu, Institute for Global Dialogue ssociated with Unisa, South Africa
  2. Mr Francis Kornegay, Institute for Global Dialogue associated with Unisa, South Africa

Layout Editor

  1. LubabaloQabaka, Unisa Press

Copyeditor

  1. Dr Na-iemDollie, South Africa
Editorial Team
International Advisory
  • Paulette A. Ramsay, Ph.D.
    Head, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Faculty of Humanities & Education, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Kingston 7, Jamaica

  • Adriana Erthal Abdenur
    Professor, Instituto de Relações Internacionais, PUC-Rio, Rio de Janeiro

  • Daniel Cardoso

  • Prof. Gladys Lechini
    Professor. International Relations, National University of Rosario, Argentina.

  • Professor Jo-Ansie van Wyk
    Professor, Department of Political Sciences, Unisa Department of Political Sciences

  • Prof. Dr. André Thomashausen MAE
    Manager, Centre for Foreign and Comparative Law (CFCOL)

  • Prof. Érico Duarte
    Visiting fellow, Institute for Peace Studies and Security Policy – IFSH, Doctoral Program on Strategic and International Studies, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
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Contact details
Address:   3rd Floor Robert Sobukwe Building
263 Nana Sita Street
Pretoria
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PO Box 14349
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      Telephone:   +2712 337 6082
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