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Bolivia Leaderless After Evo Morales Resigns

November 12, 2019

Episode Notes:

On November 10, Bolivian President Evo Morales resigned. Weeks of protests triggered by an election dispute — and a public rebuke from the military — forced his hand. Morales fled the country and has been given asylum in Mexico.

Bret Gustafson — Associate Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis and author of New Languages of the State: Indigenous Resurgence and the Politics of Knowledge in Bolivia — joins the Warcast to explain why Morales resigned, the role of the military in the current crisis, and what to expect in Bolivia going forward.

Follow Bret on Twitter: @bretgustafson

[ 1:10 ] Why Morales resigned

[ 1:50 ] Causes of nationwide protests

[ 4:10 ] Politics of “indigenousness” in Bolivia

[ 6:30 ] Role of military in Morales resignation

[ 7:25 ] Future of Bolivian politics and Morales himself

[ 9:22 ] How Bolivia’s political situation compares to other South American countries

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