Bhavani Castro is the South America Research Manager at ACLED. She holds a M.A. in International Security from the Institut d´Études Politiques de Paris – Sciences Po Paris, and a B.A. in International Relations from University of São Paulo. Her research interests include ethno-nationalist conflicts, communal violence, and non-state armed groups and gender. She is fluent in Portuguese, English, and French and is based in São Paulo, Brazil.

Regional Overview: South America
22-28 November 2020

Last week in South America, demonstrations slightly decreased across the region. Demonstrations over women’s rights were held in several countries, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, while anti-abortion protests were held in Argentina. In Chile, Brazil, and Peru, citizens demonstrated over government policies and called for institutional changes. Violence levels…

Regional Overview: South America
8-14 November 2020

Last week in South America, demonstrations significantly increased across the region. Tensions increased in Peru following the impeachment of President Martin Vizcarra. In Argentina, anti-government protests were held across the country. Protests against the government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic were reported in Chile. In Colombia, farmers protested to demand government support amid an agricultural…

Regional Overview: South America
27 September-3 October 2020

Last week in South America, demonstrations over coronavirus-related issues decreased across the region. Political killings continued to be reported in Colombia, while upcoming elections and referendums increased tensions in Brazil, Chile, and Venezuela. In Peru, protests by indigenous groups were reported. In Brazil, armed clashes continued between criminal groups and state forces. The number of…

Regional Overview: South America
13-19 September 2020

Last week in South America, demonstrations over coronavirus-related issues increased across the region. Political killings continued to be reported in Colombia, as well as an increase in political tensions in Bolivia over the upcoming presidential elections. In Chile, indigenous militia activities remained high, while in Brazil, armed clashes continued to take place between criminal groups…

Regional Overview: South America
2 August-5 September 2020

Last month in South America, demonstrations over coronavirus-related issues continued across the region. Meanwhile, political killings in Colombia significantly increased, as did political unrest in Chile, Venezuela, and Guyana. In Brazil, armed clashes continued to take place between criminal groups and state forces. The number of pandemic-related demonstrations significantly increased across the region in the…

CDT Spotlight: Elections Postponed in Bolivia

Repeated rescheduling of Bolivia’s elections amid the coronavirus pandemic has triggered unrest around the country, with critics accusing the current government of attempting to tighten its grip on power. ACLED Research Analyst Adam Miller and South America Research Manager Bhavani Castro assess the latest political crisis. This infographic is part of our special CDT Spotlight series. ©…

Regional Overview: South America
19-25 July 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: a decline in demonstrations over coronavirus-related issues across the region; increased political unrest in Bolivia, Peru, and Chile; political killings in Colombia; and continued armed clashes between criminal groups in Brazil. The number of pandemic-related demonstration events decreased in the region last week. In Argentina, kindergarten owners…