The Heat: Military presence in Latin America governments

The Heat

It may seem ironic, but Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro just named a military general to be the minister of the civil house, a role similar to chief-of-staff.

It is the latest example of a trend in Latin America: the militarization of the civilian government.

During the 1960’s and 70’s, many countries in the region were under military rule.  Fast-forward to recent years, and we’re seeing a growing military presence in the governments of Latin America.

 CGTN’s Paulo Cabral reports from Sao Paulo.

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To discuss all of this:

  • Eric Farnsworth is the vice president of the Council of the Americas.
  • Thiago de Aragao is the director of strategy for Arko Advice.
  • Carina Solmirano is a professor of International Security at the Universidad of San Andres.
  • Lucas Koerner is a political analyst and editor for

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