Our 1998 issue, “Militarized Democracy in the Americas,” documented the expansive role of armed forces as the “guardians” of Latin America’s new democracies. Whether in the name of fighting drug trafficking, protecting borders, boosting security, or containing popular discontent, militaries remained at the ready to defend and expand the increasingly neoliberal order. In this issue, we return to scrutinizing the role of militaries as guarantors or saboteurs of political processes, and how their power has morphed—or refracted—over time.
Read the full editor’s introduction.
Cover artwork by Citlali Potamu aka Clara De Webo