1 September 2001

Argentina: Menem's Star Falls

Hugo Estrella

Hugo Estrella Tampieri is a political analyst and freelance writer based in Cordoba, Argentina.

The election of carlos menem in 1989 was supposed to usher in a new political era for Argentina. Although democracy had returned to the country with the election five years earlier of Menem's predecessor, Raul Alfonsin, Argentina was still plagued by spiraling violence, economic chaos, and political turmoil left behind by years of military rule.