Canadian Geopolitics in Post-Coup Honduras

Gordon, Todd and Webber, Jeffery R.. 2014. Canadian Geopolitics in Post-Coup Honduras. Critical Sociology, 40(4), pp. 601-620. ISSN 0896-9205 [Article]

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On 28 June 2009 moderately left-of-centre Honduran president, Manuel ‘Mel’ Zelaya, was overthrown in a military coup d’etat. The coup was followed by the systematic repression of anti-coup activists and the eventual election of current president, Porfirio ‘Pepe’ Lobo, amid that repression and in the absence of constitutional democracy. While critical scholarship on the international dynamics of the Honduran coup has discussed evidence of US involvement, Canada also actively intervened politically. Canada’s intervention has been marked by the bold promotion of the interests of Canadian capital operating in Honduras, as part of a wider geopolitical concern of the Canadian state to reproduce a political environment in Latin America amenable to the interests of Canadian investors. Using interviews with Honduran activists organizing against the coup and Canadian capital, as well as Canadian government documents obtained through Access to Information, this article explores the political-economic strategies of Canada’s post-coup intervention in Honduras.

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political economy, imperialism, Canada, Honduras, Latin America, development, human rights

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9 April 2013Published Online
1 July 2014Published

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