Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

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

How Transnational Crime Is Mutating in the Age of COVID-19 in Latin America

An overview of the region's challenges, and what governments can do about them.

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.


Companies Should Examine Their Troubled Pasts – Before Courts Do It for Them

A 20-year-old case in Colombia illustrates the growing push for accountability.


How Honduras Complicates Biden’s Policy Reset in Central America

The longtime U.S. partner will test the administration’s anti-corruption push.


Inside Chile’s World-Class Vaccination Campaign

Chile’s success on vaccines started in the pandemic’s early months, says Dr. Izkia Siches, a leader of the country’s strategy.


The Self-Defeating Politics Behind Bolsonaro’s Pro-Gun Agenda

Brazil’s president tries to please his base ahead of the 2022 election – to their likely detriment.


Blackout Politics: AMLO’s Energy Plan Will Backfire

AMLO’s push to expand state control over energy markets is misguided and harmful.


Leopoldo López: Venezuela Needs Unity at Home and Abroad

“Venezuelan democrats have an obligation to reunify,” writes a leader in exile.


Colombia Went Big on Migration. Will Others Follow?

Duque’s plan to expand protections for Venezuelans could set a precedent for the region.


Vaccine Diplomacy: A New Cold War

Russia and China have stepped up their influence in Latin America, complicating President Biden’s hopes of hemispheric dialogue.

El Salvador

Surprise: El Salvador’s Anti-Corruption Commission Is Alive. But Can It Succeed?

Bukele is strengthening his grip on the country amid renewed political violence. 


WEBCAST: How Organized Crime Is Evolving in Mexico & Central America

AS/COA and FIU host a discussion on organized crime and its effects on migration.


AQ Podcast: A Tale of Two Colombias

One of Colombia’s most experienced foreign correspondents gives us a 360-degree view from a country feeling “rudderless.”


AQ’s Winter 2021 Playlist

A new collaboration has led to Ecuadorian singer Mariela Condo’s first album in five years.


Book Review: Conquistadores: A New History

Fernando Cervantes’ detailed examination of history allows for a timely reframing of Columbus’ conquest.


Film Review: Eduardo & Mônica

René Sampaio directs an unlikely love story inspired by the lyrics of late composer Renato Russo.


The Deportation of Venezuelan Kids Should Stop

The Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, close to Nicolás Maduro, is separating families.

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