Uruguay has been a stable democracy since the end of the Cold War. Like many Latin American countries, it saw a period of economic stagnation and mass privatization in the 1990s. This was followed by a 15-year period of center-left political dominance, which saw the introduction of some of the most progressive politics in the continent.
Uruguay has one of the most eclectic pools of armored vehicles in the Americas. This includes modernized Belgian M41 Walker Bulldogs (designated M41A1U), Israeli Tiran-5Shs (captured and modified Soviet T-55s), Czechoslovak OT-64 SKOTs and BVP-1s, and Canadian LAV-I Cougars, among others. Uruguayan troops have distinguished themselves in UN peacekeeping missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.