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FY 2011/2012 Research Topic: 4-07
Political, Economic, and Social Issues in Latin America


Latin American countries have benefited greatly from the rise of primary commodity prices leading up to the middle of 2008. However, the global economic crisis has affected these countries significantly. Many leftist governments that were formed based on the criticism of neo-liberal policies introduced in the 1990s are now facing serious economic difficulties. After 2010, regional economies have recovered through an increase in primary commodity prices and domestic consumption. On the other hand, we can see examples of political diversification, such as the radical leftist Venezuelan government, moderate leftist Brazilian government and rightist Chilean government. Countries in these regions are faced with serious social problems such as drug abuse and poverty. Despite the seriousness of the situation, there is very little coverage in the Japanese media on Latin American current affairs. This project aims to analyze the actual situation in Latin American countries from the perspectives of political science, economics, sociology, and international relations. Based on these findings, we plan to publish two volumes of a journal titled, “Latin American Report”.


April 2011 - February 2012

Members of the Research Project

[ Organizer ] USAMI Koichi
[ Co-researchers ] YAMAOKA Kanako
UETANI Naokatsu
KONTA Ryohei
MURAI Tomoko (Library, IDE-JETRO)


  • Latin America Report vol.28 no.1 and no.2