Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas
Surveillance Technology Is on the Rise in Latin America
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Officials scrambling to address crime—and, sometimes, spy on opponents—are turning to surveillance technologies with little oversight.

AQ Podcast: China’s Learning Process In Latin America
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Rebecca Ray on how patterns of trade and investment in Latin America have evolved in recent years.

Gustavo Petro’s Biggest Crisis Yet

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While many details remain unclear, a scandal involving two former aides could permanently paralyze Petro’s agenda.


What Lula Means for Latin America

Under Lula, Brazil Can Take On Regional Leadership. Will It?
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A diplomatic heavy hitter is back at the helm of Latin America’s largest country—but the path to an influential international role is full of obstacles.

Q&A: Brazil’s Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira on the “Lula Doctrine”
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An exclusive interview with Brazil’s top diplomat, on the relationship with China, the U.S., the need for multilateral reform, and more.

Thinking Abroad: Latin America’s Foreign Policies
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AQ tracks priorities in external relations, including positions on Venezuela and China, in eight countries.


Guatemalan journalist is escorted after a legal hearing, reflecting crack downs on journalists and other anti-corruption investigators, including judges and government prosecutors.
Ahead of Guatemala’s Elections, an Exodus Continues
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Journalists, judges and prosecutors are leaving the country as repression is expected to intensify, regardless of who wins the June 25 election.


Bogotá’s 80-Year Quest for a Metro May Have a Happy Ending
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After years of delays and disagreements, construction is finally moving forward. How did it happen?


AQ Podcast: The Politics Of Migration In Latin America 
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The Migration Policy Institute’s Andrew Selee on recent trends in the region and how they’re affecting politics


President Dina Boluarte of Peru has managed to restore some stability, but the economy is hurting and poverty is rising.
How Long Can Peru’s Economy Remain Resilient?
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The extended political crisis is leading to more poverty, postponed investments and the risk of an even worse downturn.


Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva meets a leader from the Netherlands even as he has been criticized for his stance on the war in Ukraine and his lack of leadership on regional integration in Latin America and especially South America.
Lula’s Fraught South America Summit
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Brazil’s effort to restart regional dialogue is good news. The challenge will be to keep it going once the second pink tide starts to ebb.


Argentina's President Fernández and Chile's President Boric shake hands. The two countries have much in common, and Argentine politicians still look at Chile as a model.
Surprisingly, Chile Is Still a Role Model for Argentina
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At a time of acute crisis in Argentina, politicians on both left and right have cited their neighbor as an example to follow.


AQ Podcast | Venezuela: A View From The Ground
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Caracas-based journalist Ana Vanessa Herrero on what Venezuelans are thinking about the Nicolás Maduro regime, the economy and elections that are scheduled for next year


In Ecuador, Has Correísmo Changed Its Tune?
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Snap elections could return Rafael Correa’s movement to power—but it may have learned few lessons from its wilderness years.


President of Ecuador Guillermo Lasso speaks during his impeachment trial the day before dissolving the county's legislature.
REACTION: Ecuador’s Lasso Dissolves Congress
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President Lasso invoked a never-before-used mechanism as his impeachment trial progressed.


Bolivian Finance and Economy Minister Marcelo Montenegro is facing a dollar shortage and a potential economic crisis.
Bolivia’s Faded Star
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Finance Minister Marcelo Montenegro received accolades for an impressive pandemic recovery, but his recent missteps may have exacerbated Bolivia’s crisis of uncertainty.

Arms Trafficking

The Mexican army destroys guns as part of attempts to stop increasing gun flows to Mexico and Latin America.
Behind a Rise in Latin America’s Violent Crime, A Deadly Flow of Illegal Guns
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Weapons diverted from the U.S. and from militaries are plaguing the region. Governments can do more to combat the phenomenon.


AQ Podcast: Explaining Chile’s U-Turn
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Patricio Navia on why the political pendulum seems to have swung right in Chile


former first lady of Brazil greets supporters the day her husband returned to Brazil after a short self exile in the US.
Another Bolsonaro Takes Center Stage
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Once shy of the spotlight, former first lady Michelle Bolsonaro has embraced a more active role in conservative politics. What’s her next move?


Chilean police officers grieve the murder of officer Daniel Palma, one of several police officers killed in recent months as crime rates have risen.
In Chile and Elsewhere, Crime Is the New Corruption
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Sunday’s election shows how violent crime is dominating the political debate throughout much of Latin America, writes AQ’s editor-in-chief.


The U.S. Should Have Moderate Expectations for Venezuela’s Election
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Upcoming elections can help the opposition reconnect with voters, but they won’t resolve everything and could come with downsides.

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