The military in Latin America

In search of a new role
For over a century running up to the 1980s the military leaders of Latin America saw themselves as men with a mission (for most of that time they were indeed men – since there were no, or very few, women in the ranks of the military).... Read More
What kind of military interventions in the politics of LAC countries have there been in the last two decades? Can any of them be described as constituting a coup d’etat? Is there some kind of pattern or are these ‘incidents and accidents’ completely heterogenous and unrelated? Here, we briefly examine some of these events.... Read More
To put the behaviour of Latin America’s military in context, it is useful to look at some indications of their size, budget, and staffing levels.... Read More
The military coups of the 1970s and 1980s deeply affected the thinking of analysts and policymakers across the region.... Read More
The role of the military is often determined by civilians, in more ways than one.... Read More
The US-based Wilson Centre in September published an interesting report on AMLO’s changing relationship with the Mexican armed forces, under the title ‘Militarisation a la AMLO: How Bad Can It Get?’ The author, Craig A Deare, highlights the key role played by military forces in the 1910-1917 Mexican Revolution, a period in which, according to the best historical estimates, somewhere between 1m and 2m people died in the violence.  Significantly, every single subsequent president, up to 1946, had played a role as an active service general during the revolutionary period.... Read More
Brazil was ruled by a succession of military governments between 1964 and 1985.... Read More
The powerful domestic political role achieved by the Venezuelan armed forces may, as suggested above, be an example of a particularly radical “stealth intervention”.... Read More
A recurring theme in this report is that anti-democratic interventions by the armed forces, whether fully-fledged ‘old-school’ coup d’etats, or the more recent phenomenon of more limited or stealth interventions, have all been carried out at the request and invitation of different civilian factions.... Read More
Perhaps more than at any other time in recent decades, the purpose and role of the armed forces is up for debate.... Read More
One main conclusion of this report, therefore, has to be simply put: the era of military intervention in Latin America politics is not over.... Read More

End of preview

Subscribers: Log in now to read the full article

Not a Subscriber?

Choose from one of the following options

Intelligence Research Ltd.
167-169 Great Portland Street,
5th floor,
London, W1W 5PF - UK
Phone : +44 (0) 203 695 2790
You may contact us via our online contact form
Copyright © 2022 Intelligence Research Ltd. All rights reserved.