The military in Latin America

The era of intervention is not over

One main conclusion of this report, therefore, has to be simply put: the era of military intervention in Latin America politics is not over. Failures by a range of civilian institutions will continue to create ‘entry points’ for military intervention and some of these will be taken up. They are less likely to take the shape of ‘old school’ coup d’etats, where the armed forces take direct control of political power with the intention of holding on to it for a period of years. That type of intervention is less likely over the next ten years, although it cannot be entirely ruled out. More likely will be short term interventions to resolve disputes between civilians, as well as the wider phenomenon of ‘stealth interventions’ or behind-the-scenes militarisation.

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