A special report on Latin America’s armed forces – why they're ascendant again, what they really want, and what it means for democracies.

Past Issues


Latin America's 21st-Century Militaries

“It’s Complicated”: Inside Bolsonaro’s Relationship with Brazil’s Military

Brazil’s military still plays a major role in Bolsonaro’s government. But after a wave of firings and public disputes, some say the relationship is in trouble.

After Chile, It's Clear Militaries Evolved Less Than We Thought

A wave of abuses suggests some soldiers never really adapted to democracy.

How Chávez Broke Venezuela's Military

The transformation of the armed forces has direct implications for the country's crisis— and a possible transition.

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