Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas
In Mexico’s Election, the Search for the Missing Should Be Front and Center
5 minute read

Presidential candidates need to prioritize the country’s disappeared and the mothers searching for them.

AQ Podcast | Panama: New President, Global Challenges
< 1 minute read

Panama sits at the intersection of several big global challenges. In this episode, an overview of what's ahead for the recently-elected José Raúl Mulino.

He Cruised to Reelection. Now Luis Abinader Has Choices to Make

3 minute read

The Dominican Republic’s president will weigh options for broader reforms and try to maintain momentum during his second term in office.

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Why the U.S. and China Suddenly Care About a Port in Southern Chile

Punta Arenas is at the intersection of changing shipping routes, new industries like green hydrogen, and the race for Antarctica. The U.S. and China have noticed.

Five Keys to Better Port Security in Latin America

The region’s maritime hubs face a range of challenges, from narcotics to cyberattacks. AQ asked experts how they can upgrade their defenses.

Susan Segal: Latin America Needs More Infrastructure to Seize Nearshoring Opportunity

Governments must set their infrastructure priorities and define a role for the private sector, writes AS/COA’s CEO.

Mexico

The public watches a presidential debate between Xochitl Galvez, Claudia Sheinbaum and Jorge Alvarez Maynez in Mexico City in April.
Mexico’s Post-Election Fiscal Reality Check
4 minute read

Sheinbaum and Gálvez are downplaying the country’s budget peril, while Pemex’s current path is unsustainable.

Haiti

Haiti's new Transitional Presidential Council takes the reins of a new interim government to choose Haiti's prime minister and Cabinet and guide the country to elections in 2026.
Haiti’s Transition Council Is Off to a Rocky Start
4 minute read

Internal divisions have already created chaos, but the country’s new leadership still hopes to stabilize the security crisis.

Brazil

Guilherme Boulos Wants to Be the Brazilian Left’s Next Big Star
4 minute read

The activist turned lawmaker is running for mayor of São Paulo. Can he score a win for the left in an age of rising conservatism?

Colombia

Colombia’s Uncertainty Is Sinking Investment and More
4 minute read

Economic and political instability could spell trouble for growth. However, the government has a new chance to put the country back on track.

Panama

José Raúl Mulino, the protege of President Ricardo Martinelli, won Panama's presidential elections and will be the next president.
REACTION: José Raúl Mulino Wins Panama’s Presidency
3 minute read

The former security minister and running mate of Ricardo Martinelli won with more than 34% of the vote. Analysts share what this means for Panama’s politics and economy.

Caribbean

The Caribbean’s Economic Future Depends on Building Climate Resilience
4 minute read

Uniquely vulnerable to extreme weather, island nations are seeking funding for projects to drive development while boosting resilience.

El Salvador

Claudia Ortiz is one of the few political opponents of El Salvador's President Nayib Bukele
The Lonely Life of El Salvador’s Opposition
4 minute read

Lawmaker Claudia Ortiz is leading the political dissent. Her recent campaign—and the ruling party’s attempts to defeat it—show what’s ahead for a backsliding democracy.

Latin America

A view of the Taiwan Strait, from the closest point in China to Taiwan’s main island, in Jan. 2024. China-Taiwan Tension, the Unseen Risk for Latin America
China-Taiwan Tension, the Unseen Risk for Latin America
4 minute read

The region is ill-prepared to confront the potential economic consequences of a conflict.

Podcast

AQ Podcast: What Biden 2.0 Would Mean for Latin America Policy
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A review of Biden’s policies towards the region and what might change if he is reelected in November

Ecuador

President of Ecuador Daniel Noboa arrives at Carondelet Palace in Quito.
Now Empowered, Noboa Can Still Avoid Authoritarian Drift
4 minute read

Ecuador’s president gained a resounding endorsement for “mano dura” policies against organized crime in Sunday’s referendum. A delicate democratic balance is at stake.

Visual Essay

When Mexico City’s Salsa-Dancing Pensioners Became Political Kryptonite
5 minute read

A showdown over dancing in a public plaza brought a halt to Sandra Cuevas’s rapid ascent—and continues to hang over her Senate campaign.

AQ Q&A

Q&A: Bringing End-of-Life Care to Rio’s Favelas
2 minute read

AQ talked to the founder of an organization that provides palliative care in the Rocinha and Vidigal favelas.

Cultura

A Son of Mexico’s Elite Bids for Literary Stardom in the U.S.
3 minute read

In Nicolás Medina Mora’s debut novel, a failed attempt at Americanization yields critical reflections on two North American elites.

Cultura

Why Was Argentina’s 2001 Default So Contentious?
3 minute read

A new book retraces the 15 years of grueling litigation that followed but doesn’t emphasize the contractual changes it provoked.

Cultura

AQ’s Spring Playlist: Hearing Voices
3 minute read

AQ’s music critic highlights the lingering power of the human voice in this roundup of tracks old and new.

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