Historias 25 - Abbey Steele on democracy and displacement in Colombia's civil war

Dr. Abbey Steele joined Dave and Steven to discuss her book Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War, published in 2017 by Cornell University Press. In this important work, Abbey explores the idea of collective violence, in which a particular group of people – not based on race or ethnicity – are targeted in an attempt to cleanse them from an area. The Colombian example is a cautionary tale of the unintended consequences of an earnest attempt to transition to democracy after the end of violent civil conflict.
Be sure to check out the extra time conversation with Abbey as she talks social science methods and conducting research using surveys in Colombia.


Additional resources:
Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War
Democracy and civil war: The case of Colombia,” Conflict Management and Peace Science, (with Livia I. Schubiger), first published August 6, 2018
Abbey’s twitter feed

Historias 24 - Amy Erica Smith on Brazil's presidential and congressional elections

Yesterday, Sunday, October 7, 2018, well over 100 million Brazilians cast their votes in presidential and congressional elections, with a sizable number voting en blanco or destroying their ballots. Of the presidential aspirants, the top two vote-getters were Congressman Jair Bolsonaro of the Social Liberal Party and former education minister and Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad of the Workers Party. Bolsonaro’s rise also led to an impressive display for his party in the congressional elections, earning a projected 51 seats in the lower Chamber of Deputies. Previously, his party had fewer than 10 seats.

Dr. Amy Erica Smith, an associate professor of political science at Iowa State University, joined Steven to make sense of yesterday’s election. Dr. Smith said that the Brazilian electorate made a clear statement to the political class.


Additional resources:

Amy Erica’s Religion and Brazilian Democracy: Mobilizing the People of God

Amy Erica on Twitter

Amy Erica (with Ryan Lloyd) in Vox, “Top Pentecostal leaders supported the far right in Brazil’s presidential campaign,” (Oct. 8, 2018)

Brazil’s Official Election Logo

Historias 17 - Jürgen Buchenau on AMLO and the Mexican Presidential Election

Dr. Jürgen Buchenau joined Steven at the Cervecería Untertürkheim in Buenos Aires to discuss the convincing victory of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Sunday’s Mexican presidential election. Jürgen also talks AMLO’s roots, his course as a politician over the past quarter century, and what his presidency may mean for Mexico and its future.

Additional resources:

AMLO’s official website

Morena’s website

Jürgen’s Mexico’s Once and Future Revolution: Social Upheaval and the Challenge of Rule since the Late Nineteenth Century (with Gil Joseph)

Jürgen’s Plutarco Elías Calles and the Mexican Revolution

Source: ine.mx

Historias 15 - Steven Taylor on Colombia's runoff presidential election


In this hot take edition of Historias, Dr. Steven Taylor of Troy University talks with Steven to unpack Ivan Duque’s win in Colombia’s presidential runoff election this past Sunday. They also talk about its impact on the peace process and the challenge of the humanitarian crisis and political instability in Venezuela.

Historias 13 - Abbey Steele on Colombia's presidential elections

What do the results of yesterday’s presidential elections in Colombia reveal about this country attempting to exit decades of civil war?

Dr. Abbey Steele, an assistant professor in the department of political science at the University of Amsterdam, joined Dave and Steven to discuss the results in this hot take edition of Historias. Dr. Steele’s book Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War (Cornell, 2017) explores the violent, tragic consequences of democratic elections and the forced migration of folk in the countryside.

Additional resources:

Abbey Steele, Democracy and Displacement in Colombia’s Civil War (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2017)

Abbey’s twitter feed
Abbey’s personal website
Abbey’s departmental page

Historias 4 - Steven Taylor

How will the recent congressional elections in Colombia influence the ongoing peace process? Political scientist Steven Taylor speaks with Carlos and Steven about FARC’s participation in the elections, the looming presidential elections, and what challenges remain for fully implementing the peace deal championed by outgoing president and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Juan Manuel Santos.

Additional resources:

Steven Taylor’s 2016 article “Colombia: On the Brink of Peace with the FARC?” in Origins: Current Events in Historical Perspective

Steven Taylor’s Voting Amid Violence: Electoral Democracy in Colombia (via Google books)

Alto Comisionado para la Paz (en español)

Colombia Peace: Monitoring Progress in Peace Dialogues (Washington Office on Latin America)

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