Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas
The Coming Crisis for Latin America’s Left-Wing Leaders
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Social democrats now rule much of the region—but anti-incumbency, weak parties and more may soon make them an endangered species.

AQ Podcast: Who’s Who in Ecuador’s Election
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A look ahead to the runoff on October 15. What can we expect from the candidates and what is at stake?

Republican Threats on Mexico Could Carry a Huge Cost

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Even if it’s just rhetoric, Republican candidates’ discussion of military force against Mexican cartels risks souring relations across the region.



The Dramatic Cyberattack That Put Latin America on Alert
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The region is the world’s most vulnerable to cyberattacks—and essential state services aren’t safe. What can be done?

Cybersecurity: The Next Frontier of U.S.-China Competition in the Americas
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The U.S. can do more to shield Latin America and the Caribbean from cyber threats—and ensure it remains a preferred partner.

Why Is Latin America So Vulnerable to Cyberattacks? We Ran the Numbers.
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The region’s digital adoption is high, but security measures are lacking, AQ’s rundown of key cyber indicators reveals.


Two Issues That Will Reveal the Real Claudia Sheinbaum
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Mexico’s unusually high fiscal deficit and the complex energy sector demand a clearer vision from the presidential hopeful ahead of 2024.


What Caused Peru’s Economic Downfall?
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Social cleavages have turned politics into a fight for spoils, draining the country’s productive potential, writes a former minister of economy and finance.


AQ Podcast: Mexico’s Moment?
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Is the country taking full advantage of the nearshoring trend, or could it be doing better?

Rule of Law

Supreme Electoral Court Justice Benedito Goncalves, left, speaks with Supreme Federal Court President Cármen Lúcia Antunes Rocha in court in Brasilia in June at the trial of former President Jair Bolsonaro.
Courts, a Last Line of Defense for Latin American Democracies
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Judiciaries have, with some exceptions, been a check on leaders trying to concentrate power.

Foreign Policy

What the World Gets Wrong About Latin America’s Foreign Policy
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Assumptions about the region’s homogeneity and limitations on the international stage don’t hold up, writes one expert.


President Alejandro Giammattei and president-elect Bernardo Arévalo at a government transition event.
The Tough Road Ahead for Guatemala’s President-Elect
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Recent raids show the daunting challenges facing Bernardo Arévalo as his anti-corruption strategy takes shape.


Javier Milei is one of Argentina's leading presidential candidates. He is a populist who calls for sweeping policies like dollarization.
Milei’s Path to Dollarization: Riddled with Doubts
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Replacing the Argentine peso with the U.S. dollar might take years if it happens at all, experts say.


AQ Podcast | Chile: What the 50th Coup Anniversary Tells Us About Politics Today
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A political scientist on how commemorations have exposed divisions in Chilean society


Chile’s constitution has been under surgery in a second attempt to recast the fundamental rights that will bring Latin America’s fifth-largest economy into the modern era.
A Last Hope for Chile’s New Constitution?
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The ultra-conservative Partido Republicano has a large influence over the constitutional process, and President Boric has already said this will be the final attempt during his term.


Slavery Reparations in the Caribbean: What to Expect?
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Caribbean activists helped make reparations a mainstream concept. Now they hope ex-colonial powers will commit to paying, even if it’s not the trillions of dollars slavery is estimated to have cost.


AQ Podcast: Is Bolsonaro Done? New Dynamics in Brasília
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A political columnist on what the future holds for the Brazilian right-wing movement, and what this means for Lula


Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) and Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Gustavo de Oliveira Pascotto pose next to the Saab's Gripen F-39 fighter jet at the Embraer factory in Gaviao Peixoto, some 310 km from Sao Paulo, Brazil, on May 9, 2023. At the Embraer factory, 15 of the 36 Gripen F-39 fighter jet units will be produced by Brazilian engineers and technicians who underwent theoretical and practical training at the headquarters of the Swedish company Saab in Linkoping. The forecast is that in 2027 the last Gripen F-39 fighter jet will be delivered. (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA / AFP) (Photo by NELSON ALMEIDA/AFP via Getty Images)
Brazil Feels Almost Normal Again
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After January’s chaos, Brazil’s economy and politics seem to have returned to a more solid footing, writes AQ’s editor-in-chief.


Cai Wei is the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Director-General for Latin America.
The Quiet Official Behind China’s Policy in Latin America
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What Cai Wei’s travels tell us about China’s priorities in the region.


How BRICS Expansion Will Impact South America
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The BRICS transformation into a Beijing-led alliance poses a challenge for Brazil and Argentina.


AQ Podcast: A Turning Point for Latin America’s Economies 
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The head of economics for the region at Citigroup on why analysts are boosting forecasts for Mexico and Brazil

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