23 minutes | Dec 9, 2020

Bolivia: Surprising Reasons for Optimism

When Luis Arce swore in as Bolivia's president a month ago, he confronted a dizzying host of challenges: a public health emergency, a polarized electorate, and an economy crippled by the pandemic. But Arce's first weeks in office have left many cautiously optimistic, including journalist Raúl Peñaranda, who sees the emergence of a "minimalistic" government that's less vengeful than he expected. On this week's podcast, Peñaranda discusses Arce's first month, the return of Evo Morales, the encouraging judicial reforms on the horizon, and the challenges of vaccine distribution and getting kids back in school. Guests: -Raúl Peñaranda is a Bolivian journalist and director of the news portal Brújula Digital. -Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly. Supplemental Reading: "Will Luis Arce Rebuild Bolivia’s Broken Judiciary?" (https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/will-luis-arce-rebuild-bolivias-broken-judiciary/)
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