Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas


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.


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.


WEBCAST: The Impact of COVID-19 on Illicit Trade Networks

On April 20, join AS/COA for a discussion of how transnational organized crime groups and illegal markets are evolving amid the pandemic.


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.

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