Martín Tanaka

Martín Tanaka is Peruvian, Doctor in Political Science and Master in Social Sciences (FLACSO Mexico), holds a bachelor’s degree and Licenciado title in Sociology from the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú. He is researcher in the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos and professor in the Department of Social Sciences at the Universidad Católica.

Updated April 2009

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Fujimori’s Conviction

After reading former president Fujimori’s guilty verdict and the debates that ensued, it seems important that we avoid a knee-jerk defense of the verdict or a quick rush to discredit it.

If one searches for “solid evidence” in the verdict (in the same manner that Federico Salazar or José Luis Sardón did in their last columns), in which Fujimori created and directed the Grupo Colina, or that the former president personally ordered the massacres at Barrios Altos and La Cantuta; in effect, you are not going to find such evidence. If one reads the verdict searching for direct ...

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The Judgment of Fujimori

This article will be published on Tuesday, April 7th, the day in which the Supreme Court’s Special Criminal Section will announce the verdict in the case against the former president, Alberto Fujimori. I write this essay, therefore, without knowledge of the verdict. I am like most people in Peru who thinks the trial proceeded admirably; the prosecutor’s office, the defense team, and those representing the victims also agree with that sentiment. The case will be heard on appeal where Judge Duberlí Rodríguez will preside. He enjoys the recognition and confidence of all of the parties involved.

We ...

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La votación del fujimorismo

En las últimas elecciones1  se registró un voto fujimorista “duro”, que se expresó en una relativamente constante intención de voto de alrededor del 20%.  Esto ha llevado a decir que era “previsible” el paso de Keiko2 a la segunda vuelta3, y que el fujimorismo siempre tuvo un importante respaldo popular. Sin embargo, creo que aquí estamos también ante un caso de determinismo retrospectivo.

Al derrumbarse el fujimorismo en el 2000, sus posibilidades de supervivencia estaban seriamente en cuestión. En el 2001 Carlos Boloña4 obtuvo apenas el 2% de los votos, su lista ...

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