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About Justin Vogler

Justin Vogler works as a freelance journalist based in Chile, teaches political science in the socioeconomics department of Valparaiso University.

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Adam Bychawski is an editorial assistant at openDemocracy.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Chile and Britain: left alliances, right futures

Chile’s two decades of political experience until the election of a centre-right president in 2010 hold lessons for Britain’s divided and wounded centre-left, says Justin Vogler.

Chile: politics of an earthquake

The epic wave of destruction on 27 February 2010 has tested the character of the Chilean nation and the reputation of two of its presidents. A month on, Justin Vogler recalls the moment and assesses the tragedy's political fallout.

Chile’s political turn

The result of Chile’s presidential election reflects less the achievement of the rightwing candidate than the failure of the centre-left coalition, says Justin Vogler.

Chile’s inheritance struggle

The outcome of Chile’s presidential election is more open than at any time since its return to democracy in 1990.

Chile’s inheritance struggle

The outcome of Chile’s presidential election is more open than at any time since its return to democracy in 1990, writes Justin Vogler.

Chile always surprises

A youthful maverick is galvanising Chile's elite-dominated electoral contest to choose a successor to the popular Michelle Bachelet. Is this the end of Latin America's most effective governing coalition, asks Justin Vogler.

(This article was first published on 17 August 2009) 

Chile: the politics of patriarchy

Michelle Bachelet has an impressive record as Chile's president. The country's old political elite is too busy to notice as it seeks to ensure that an antiquated baron will succeed her, says Justin Vogler.

Bolivia nears the precipice

Bolivia's current round of political turmoil has seen peasants massacred, diplomats expelled and gas reserves contested. Justin Vogler asks if South American diplomacy can save the country from implosion.

(This article was first published on 17 September 2008)

King Juan Carlos vs President Hugo

There is political sadness as well as spectacle in Hugo Chávez's spat with the king of Spain, reports Justin Vogler in Santiago.

Chile: Pinochet’s ghost, Bachelet’s swamp

The full exposure of the Augusto Pinochet network's crimes offers only temporary respite for Chile's embattled president, Michelle Bachelet. Justin Vogler, in Santiago, reports.

Argentina and Britain: the lessons of war

Argentina’s democracy and commitment to global peace are the most important legacies of the Falklands war, argues Justin Vogler.

For someone born after the Beatles split up, I have surprisingly clear memories of the Falklands/Malvinas war, which started on 2 April 1982 when Argentina's military dictator Leopoldo Galtieri seized the islands, and ended seventy-four days later with the humiliating surrender of the Argentinean forces.

Bienvenido, Señor Bush

A close scrutiny of George W Bush’s five-nation Latin American tour reveals the degree of political calculation behind the stirring rhetoric, says Justin Vogler.

Augusto Pinochet: chronicle of a death foretold

Augusto Pinochet's death closes an era in Chile but leaves a nation still split over the ex-dictator's legacy, reports Justin Vogler in Santiago.

General Augusto Pinochet, who died on Sunday 10 December 2006 aged 91, continues to divide Chile. Less than two hours after his death a crowd of over 3,000 had gathered in Santiago's Plaza Italia to celebrate. Simultaneously, two kilometres away in the upmarket district of Providencia, 2,000 mourners had congregated in front of the military hospital where the general's body lay.

Democratising globalisation: Joseph Stiglitz interviewed

It's time to move from critique to reform of globalisation –and politics is key, Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz tells Justin Vogler.

South America: towards union or disintegration?

The Mercosur summit in Cordoba, Argentina, on 20-21 July comes at a key moment in South America's integration process. To understand its significance, Justin Vogler talks to the leading Brazilian historian, Luiz Alberto Moniz Bandeira.

Mapuche: the other Chile

As four Mapuche activists imprisoned under draconian anti-terrorist laws spend over two months on hunger-strike, Justin Vogler looks at the troubled relationship between the Chilean state and "the oldest of Chileans".

Ollanta Humala: a Peruvian gamble

The first round of Peru's presidential election makes maverick nationalist Ollanta Humala the favourite. Justin Vogler profiles him.

Latin America: woman's hour

Michelle Bachelet's inauguration as Chile's president is only the most prominent example of a womanpower wave in Latin America, finds Justin Vogler. 


Small-country power: Chile and the Iraq war

Two new books cast light on the diplomatic pressures exerted by the United States and its British ally to win support for the military option in Iraq. Justin Vogler in Santiago talks to the authors. 

Michelle Bachelet's triumph

Michelle Bachelet has ended the male dominance of Chilean politics and shown how democratic pluralism is blossoming in the post-Pinochet era, reports Justin Vogler in Santiago. 
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