The wave of Leftist governments that led Latin America in the last decade is receding, under accusations of corruption, weak economic performance and caudillo politics. In their place, conservative politicians are reasserting their dominance. Surprisingly, though, new Leftist movements seem to show the vitality of Progressive politics in the region, indicating perhaps a future turn of the swing. One of those movements is the Broad Front (Frente Amplio) of Peru, led by Verónika Mendoza.
With a wide platform combining social justice, feminism, secularism and environmentalism, the Broad Front obtained victories in a third of the 1600 districts of Peru, or about 20% of the popular vote. Also, the Front gained influence and contributed decisively to the ultimate defeat of Extreme Right Keiko Fujimori, daughter of the former strongman of Peru, Alberto Fujimori.
Come hear Verónika Mendoza share her perspectives about the challenges of the Left in the new Latin American scenario; her strong results in notoriously conservative Peru; and her vision of the future. She will be joined in conversation by Mariela Dreyfus (New York University), Jose Luis Rénique (CUNY Graduate Center), and Paula Garcia (Cornell University).
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