Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas
Meet the Candidates: Peru

A runoff on June 6 will pit one of Peru's most recognized politicians against one of its least.

Meet the Candidates: Ecuador

An ex-banker prevailed over an ally of former President Rafael Correa in an April 11 runoff election.

Brazil’s Amazon Is Under Threat from Proposed Land-Use Laws

New legislation could worsen an already vicious cycle of illegal land invasion and clearing.

With Latin American governments distracted by the pandemic, transnational crime groups have continued to thrive. What can be done?


Past Issues


Organized Crime in Times of COVID

7 Big Players in Transnational Crime in Latin America

The region's criminal groups are increasingly sophisticated. AQ profiles some of the most visible.

NEW AQ: The Pandemic’s Big Winner? Transnational Crime

COVID-19 has been a bonanza for organized crime. Greater international coordination could ease at least some of the damage.

When Politics and Crime Collided in Peru

The rise and fall of a powerful governor allegedly shows the influence of criminal groups.

Elections 2021

Meet the Candidates: Peru

AQ profiled the candidates in Peru’s unpredictable 2021 presidential election.


AQ Podcast: Crisis on Venezuela’s Border

Caracas-based analyst Phil Gunson puts an outbreak of violence into Venezuela’s political context.

Women in Politics

Today’s Latin America Has No Female Presidents. It’s Not Going Well.

COVID-19 has reminded us – again – of the need for women leaders.


Letter to the Editor: Brazil’s Democracy Is Strong

Brazil’s ambassador to the United States responds.


How the Pandemic Is Accelerating Democracy’s Decade-Long Decline in the Americas

A deeper look at Freedom House data showing slow erosion in freedoms.


Meet Brazil’s Financial Guru for a New Generation

With lower-income Brazilians investing in record numbers, Nath Finanças has accumulated a huge following on YouTube and beyond.


An Insecure Bolsonaro Prepares for His Own January 6

Besieged by COVID-19 and a suddenly threatening Congress, Brazil’s president tries to protect himself.

The Growth Challenge

Latin America’s True Disaster May Be 2021

As new research shows huge setbacks to education and inequality, the region’s leaders seem to be “sleepwalking,” writes AQ’s editor-in-chief.


AQ Podcast: Peru’s Risky Election

Peru’s economy has long been largely safe from its unstable politics. The April 11 election could change that.

Climate Change and Politics

Much of Latin America’s Left Has a Blind Spot: The Environment

As center-left leaders in Europe and the U.S. prioritize the fight against climate change, the same cannot be said of their Latin American peers.


Luis Arce’s Broken Promise in Bolivia

The arrest of his predecessor on terrorism charges is the latest step by Arce’s government to set off alarms.

Central America

Can More U.S. Money Really Help Central America’s Northern Triangle?

A critical look at past U.S. aid efforts, and how to improve them going forward, by a former president of Costa Rica.


REACTION: Will Lula Run in Brazil’s 2022 Election?

Analysts react to the surprise court decision on March 8.


Brazilian Democracy Is Holding Up — But the Biggest Test Will Come in 2022

Jair Bolsonaro has so far fallen short of the worst doomsday predictions of becoming an authoritarian ruler.


Argentina and the IMF: Another Default in the Works?

A different outcome may still be possible, a leading emerging-market economist writes.

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