Populism, development, coca, and energy, traditionally the most interesting subjects in Bolivia have taken a back seat to the Constituent Assembly. Under president Evo Morales, the progressive administration is set to change the country while the opposition is determined to stop them.


Behind the Morales Assassination Plot

(International Relations and Security Network, 26/05/2009)

A plot to kill the Bolivian president has turned into a political weapon to attack the opposition.


Ameripol comes to life

(International Relations and Security Network, 26/11/2007)

In a region where the military is often asked to perform police duties, a regional police force has formed to combat that tendency, but a number of challenges remain.


Protests Rock Bolivia, Again
(International Relations and Security Network, 29/08/2007)
After two years of relative calm, country-wide protests are again a regular occurrence, but they mark the passage of change that eventually will be in the hands of Bolivians, not their leaders, to decide.


Bolivia's Morales Faces Tough Second Term

(International Relations and Security Network, 08/02/2007)

President Evo Morales has managed to put out some serious fires so far, but striking a balance with the opposition remains an elusive goal.


New Bolivian Bases, Risky but Prudent

(International Relations and Security Network, 29/09/2006)

Venezuela's possible involvement in the creation of new military bases in Bolivia may be a cause for concern, but the realities of Bolivia's territorial integrity and drug-trafficking challenges made the bases a prudent move.


Andes Alternative Development: The Reality

(International Relations and Security Network, 08/09/2006)

Zero coca policies and a lack of security harm sustainable economic development and contribute to a poor history of alternative development in Bolivia and Colombia.


Bolivia Has the Right to Grow Coca

(International Relations and Security Network, 17/08/2006)

US decisionmakers should recognize Bolivia's right to grow coca and its progressive policies to control coca growth, rather than single out the country for a regional problem complicated by US drug demand.


The Myth of Eroding Democracy in Bolivia

(International Relations and Security Network, 14/07/2006)

Though critics of Bolivian President Evo Morales talk of the country's eroded democracy and liken him to Chavez and Castro, Bolivian democracy is in fact alive and well.


Bolivia's Energy Nationalization Causes Concern in Brazil and Argentina

(Power and Interest News Report, 08/05/06)

Evo Morales propelled Bolivia into South America's geopolitical spotlight when he announced on May 1 the nationalization of Bolivia's energy assets. His first significant geopolitical move as president of Bolivia left regional leaders concerned about the future of their gas supply.


Bolivia's Morales Makes First Slip

(International Relations and Security Network, 07/04/2006)

Morales has filled his most radical supporters with doubt, faces legal disputes with international oil companies, and has done little to convince international investors that Bolivia has returned to stability and prosperity - a considerable task considering Morales sits on the region's most lucrative source of natural gas.


Politics and Energy Crisis in South America

(International Relations and Security Network, 30/09/2005)

Political challenges hinder the regional integration of natural gas networks, considered a route to increased regional energy security, in South America.


Uncertainty Taints Bolivian Elections

(International Relations and Security Network, 19/09/2005)

The poorest and most instable country in South America has an opportunity to finally find solid ground but political turmoil may push Bolivia closer to state failure.


Bolivia's Morales Takes Lead in Opinion Polls

(International Relations and Security Network, 19/09/2005)

Bolivian Movement Towards Socialism (MAS) presidential candidate Evo Morales has surged to a lead of 28 per cent of potential votes ahead of December elections, according to a recent poll conducted by an independent research firm.


Bolivian Protesters Bring La Paz to a Halt

(International Relations and Security Network, 16/09/2005)

Protests again brought the Bolivian capital La Paz to a halt on Wednesday as students and labor union members took to the streets to demand jobs and a greater share of the country's oil and gas revenues.


Bolivia's Morales Makes Bid for Center-Left

(International Relations and Security Network, 09/09/2005)

Bolivian presidential hopeful, Evo Morales, has renewed his push to win votes from Bolivia's center-left. Yet the Bolivian elections still may serve to repeat history.


Instability Shakes Heart of South America

(International Relations and Security Network, 20/06/2005)

Regional shifts in gas production and distribution follow in the wake of Bolivia's political crisis.


South America's Balancing Act: Socialism vs. Fiscal Conservatism

(InfoAmericas, 18/05/2005)

Countering the demands for more populist policies is the sobering reality for most political leaders that South America's reliance on foreign markets and capital requires fiscal conservatism.



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