19/05/17 The political influence of the Latin American military
    Dirk Kruijt, Utrecht University

    The topics discussed in this lecture are the following:

    1. Basic characteristics of Latin America’s armed forces: relatively small, few interstate wars, certain preference for internal enemies, professional armies, dominance of the USA, duality of professional and political military.

    2. Political armies of the Right and Left: old-style dictatorship, Mexico’s exceptionality, Cuban influence and the Armed Left, institutional coups of the Right, reformist political armies.

    3. The military in democratic Latin America: exit strategies and reduction of budget and personnel, popularity of military leaders, new missions and structures.

    4. New security agendas: democratic credentials, internal security risks, ear on drugs, zero tollerance and US pressure.

    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, Amsterdam (on the 2nd floor)
    TIME: 15:30h

  • 23/06/17 Small scale gold mining in the Amazon
    Marjo de Theije, Vrije Universiteit / GOMIAM

    VENUE: CEDLA, Roetersstraat 33, Amsterdam (on the 2nd floor)
    TIME: 15:30h