Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas


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.

Public Health

Brazil’s Handling of COVID-19 Is a Global Emergency

Even with deaths at all-time highs, Bolsonaro continues to undermine efforts to address the pandemic.

Central America

It’s Not Just El Salvador. Democracies Are Weakening Across Central America.

Nayib Bukele isn’t the only reason to worry for regional democracies.


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.

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