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
17-30 May 2020

Over the past two weeks in South America, key developments include: protests led by health workers around the region; demonstrations over the economic impact of the coronavirus in Argentina, Ecuador, Chile, and Venezuela; political killings in Colombia; demonstrations in Bolivia calling for general elections; occupation of a private mine by local workers in Suriname; and demonstrations against quarantine measures in Brazil, as well as continued armed clashes between criminal groups and state forces.…

Regional Overview: South America
10-16 May 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: demonstrations around the region over the economic impacts of the pandemic, as well as protests led by health workers; clashes involving the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Colombia; demonstrations in Bolivia calling for general elections; intensified indigenous militia activities in Chile; and demonstrations both for and against quarantine measures in Brazil, as well as continued armed clashes between criminal groups and state forces.…

Regional Overview: South America
3-9 May 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: protests led by health workers around the region; a failed coup plot in Venezuela; intensified indigenous militia activities in Chile; insurgent activity in Paraguay; increased political tensions in Guyana as a ballot recount begins; and demonstrations against quarantine measures and in support of President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil, as well as continued armed clashes between criminal groups and state forces.…

Regional Overview: South America
26 April – 2 May 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: demonstrations in Colombia and Venezuela over government aid; political killings in Colombia; prison riots in Peru and Venezuela; increased demonstrations in Chile; protests against quarantine measures in Brazil, as well as continued armed clashes between criminal groups and state forces; and protests led by health workers around the region.…

Regional Overview: South America
19-25 April 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: demonstrations in Colombia and Venezuela over governmental aid; prison riots in Argentina, Chile, Ecuador, and Peru; intensified Mapuche militia activities in Chile; protests against quarantine measures in Brazil and protests in favor of military intervention, as well as continued armed clashes between criminal groups and state forces; and protests led by health workers around the region.…

Regional Overview: South America
12-18 April 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: an increase in the number of demonstrations in Colombia and Venezuela; clashes between members of dissident Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) groups and military forces in Colombia; prison riots in Colombia, Chile, and Peru; intensified Mapuche militia activities in Chile; and protests both for and against quarantine measures in Brazil, as well as continued armed clashes between criminal groups and state forces.…

Regional Overview: South America
29 March-4 April 2020

Last week in South America, key developments include: a decrease in the number of demonstrations in most countries; political killings in Colombia; attacks on opposition supporters in Venezuela; protests both for and against quarantine measures in Brazil, as well as continued armed clashes between criminal groups and state forces; and steps taken by indigenous groups in Suriname and French Guiana to lockdown their communities to avoid the spread of the coronavirus.…