Will Chile Listen to Its People?

Sep 11, 2020

The country with the highest per capita infection rate of COVID-19 is in South America — but it isn’t Brazil. Chile, despite its high incomes and access to resources, has struggled to keep the pandemic under control and suffers from infection rates higher than the United States, which...

Can Colombia’s Former President Get a Fair Trial?
Sep 03, 2020

Can Colombia’s Former President Get a Fair Trial?

Latin Music Is Seducing the World All Over Again
Jul 29, 2020

Latin Music Is Seducing the World All Over Again

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

Will Paraguay’s President Abdo Benitez Redeem His Name?

The Brazilian Right’s Fight Against Its Leftist Boogeyman

The Brazilian Right’s Fight Against Its Leftist Boogeyman

Jun 16, 2020

The late Brazilian educator Paulo Freire (1921-1997) was a prominent figure in the 20th-century critical pedagogy movement and the celebrated author of the ground-breaking 1968 text, “Pedagogy of the Oppressed.” Freire’s seminal work proposes a dialogical method of teaching literacy that...

Brazil Struggles to Find a Unified Approach to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brazil Struggles to Find a Unified Approach to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Brazil’s President Jair Messias Bolsonaro seems to be trying to go down a different route than the rest of the world when it comes to the COVID-19 crisis. While the “Trump of the Tropics” has been following US policy on many fronts, Donald Trump has stepped back from his earlier claims that...

Brazil Is Heading Into a Perfect Storm

Brazil Is Heading Into a Perfect Storm

Apr 28, 2020

April has been a hard month for the largest and most populous Latin American country. While the whole world is engulfed in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed over 200,000 globally to date and unleashed an unprecedented economic crisis, Brazil has also been going through political upheaval....

Uruguay Turns Its Leftist Page

Uruguay Turns Its Leftist Page

In November 2019, Luis Lacalle Pou was elected president of Uruguay after defeating the ruling party candidate and former Montevideo mayor, Daniel Martinez, in the second round. President Lacalle Pou’s inauguration in March marked the end of a decade and a half of executive leadership by members...

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Be a Wake-Up Call for Honduras’ Political Class?

Will the COVID-19 Crisis Be a Wake-Up Call for Honduras’ Political Class?

The countries in Central America's Northern Triangle — Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala — do not have the public health infrastructure necessary to overcome the challenges of a pandemic. That is why these countries, which are used to seeing significant migratory transit, quickly shut their...

Chinese Ambitions for Latin America: What’s the Trade-Off?

Chinese Ambitions for Latin America: What’s the Trade-Off?

As the global COVID-19 pandemic engulfs the world, the grand strategy of revisionist powers will either falter or accelerate. At the dawn of the post-coronavirus world — whenever it might come — the Chinese Communist Party will push forward with its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which will...

El Salvador’s Young President Turns Up the Pressure on the Political Establishment

El Salvador’s Young President Turns Up the Pressure on the Political Establishment

Elected in 2019 as a political outsider to El Salvador’s two main parties, Nayib Bukele assumed the country’s presidency with the promise of ending gang violence and enforcing the rule of law in an institutionally weak nation. However, Bukele’s recent actions as president seeking to pressure...

Presidential Candidates Reveal a Wall of Ignorance When It Comes to Mexico

Presidential Candidates Reveal a Wall of Ignorance When It Comes to Mexico

Feb 17, 2020

After Iowa and New Hampshire, two states known for the homogeneity of their white populations, the Democratic primaries move west and south. The next venue is Nevada, a state with a significant Mexican minority. The pundits see this as the first test of the capacity of Democratic candidates to...

For Lenin Moreno, Ecuador’s Economy Is a Key to Staying in Power

For Lenin Moreno, Ecuador’s Economy Is a Key to Staying in Power

Last October, Ecuador witnessed some of the largest mass protests in its modern history. Concentrated mainly in the capital city of Quito and, less intensely, in Guayaquil, Cuenca and Portoviejo, the protests ignited on October 3, when President Lenin Moreno’s government announced the...

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions

Cubans Feel the Blow of US Sanctions

Jan 30, 2020

In Havana, Cuba, the effects of sanctions imposed by the Trump administration have seeped their way into daily life: the long lines of cars outside gas stations, the dwindling stock on store shelves, the increasingly common apagones, or power outages. In early September 2019, Cuba’s President...

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