The Zapatista Army of National Liberation said that it will choose an indigenous woman to run as an independent candidate in Mexico’s 2018 presidential election, marking a return to political life for the guerrilla group. In an email interview, Michael Danielson discusses indigenous rights in Mexico.
Bolivia was shaken in late August when its deputy interior minister was killed by striking miners. The government responded by hardening its position, and its interest in compromising with the politically important sector has seemingly been reduced, with implications for the country’s stability.
Peru has seen strong economic growth over the past two decades, and recently elected President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski hopes to maintain that ascent while helping more Peruvians benefit from it. But that will require tackling rural poverty, promoting sustainable development, and reforming Peru’s institutions.