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From the late-1980s and throughout the 90s, Eastern Europe and Latin America were in a period of democratization. The once-powerful Soviet Empire was on the verge of collapse, the Solidarity movement in Communist Poland continued to gain momentum and by 1988, Brazil had adopted a new constitution. However, Jair Bolsonaro’s presidency has sparked concerns about democratic backsliding in Brazil. For six years, the country’s been involved in a major corruption scandal called Operação Lava Jato (which translates to Operation Car Wash). Which has allowed Bolsonaro, a far-right populist, to become president. The outcome of Brazil’s presidential election, in 2018, symbolizes…

Jackson Bewley

Foreign Affairs & Louisiana

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