Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Americas Quarterly (AQ) is an award-winning publication dedicated to politics, business and culture in the Americas. Borrowing elements from The Economist and Foreign Affairs, but with a focus on Latin America and the Caribbean, AQ reaches more than 1 million people per year through its digital platforms, magazine and podcast. Its influential, agenda-setting audience includes CEOs, senior government officials and thought leaders. Founded in 2007 and based in New York City, AQ is an editorially independent, not-for-profit publication of Americas Society/Council of the Americas, which for more than 50 years have been dedicated to dialogue in the Western Hemisphere.

Editorial Board


Our Staff

Brian Winter

Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and a seasoned analyst of Latin American politics, with more than 20 years following the region’s ups and downs. He lived in Brazil, Argentina and Mexico as a correspondent for Reuters before taking on his current role in New York, where he is also the vice president of policy for the Americas Society and Council of the Americas. He has been called “the best foreign expert on Brazil of this moment” by GloboNews. Brian is the author of several books including Why Soccer Matters, a New York Times bestseller he wrote with the Brazilian soccer legend Pelé; The Accidental President of Brazil, co-authored with President Fernando Henrique Cardoso; and Long After Midnight, a memoir about trying (and failing) to learn to tango in Argentina. He is a regular contributor to television and radio, the host of the Americas Quarterly Podcast and a prolific barbecuer and chef. Proficient in Spanish and Portuguese, Brian speaks frequently about Latin America’s past, present and future to investors and general-interest audiences. Follow him on X @BrazilBrian.

José Enrique Arrioja is the managing editor of Americas Quarterly. A Venezuelan-American journalist, he has been covering financial markets and politics in Latin America for the last 23 years through print, radio and television. He spent 19 years at Bloomberg based in New York and Mexico City, starting as a television reporter covering markets and becoming executive producer and anchor for daily and weekly broadcasts on Bloomberg TV Spain and Latin America. He also pioneered Bloomberg’s Latin America Summits, organizing the first in 2009. In 2020, he launched his own multimedia startup: Zignox.com, a financial information platform focused on Latin America. Prior to Bloomberg, José Enrique worked at The Wall Street Journal Americas in New York, and before moving to the U.S., he established himself as an enterprise reporter at El Nacional and El Universal in Venezuela. He was also a founding reporter at Economía Hoy—a milestone in Venezuela’s media landscape as the country’s inaugural economic newspaper. José Enrique holds a bachelor’s degree in social communication from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Caracas, Venezuela. He resides in New Rochelle, New York, with his wife and two children. Follow him on X @ArriojaJoseE.

Donald Partyka is creative director of Americas Quarterly, which he helped launch in 2007. He has designed and consulted on numerous magazines, including Linguafranca, Poets & Writers, and Revista Perspectiva. Donald is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design and Cooper Union, and currently teaches at the City College of New York. His work at Americas Quarterly has been recognized by Latin American Fotografía, American Illustration and The Society of Publication Designers. Follow Donald on X @donaldpartyka.

Emilie Sweigart is an editor at Americas Quarterly and a policy manager at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. She has written for AQ about electoral politics, foreign policy and the rule of law. Prior to joining AQ, Emilie was a contributing editor for Southern Pulse – Networked Intelligence and worked at the Council on Foreign Relations. A graduate of Tufts University, she holds a master’s degree in Latin American and Caribbean Regional Studies from Columbia University. Follow her on X @EmilieSweigart.

Rich Brown is an editor and production manager at Americas Quarterly. Prior to joining AQ, Rich was a senior editor at a risk analysis firm and a Li Center for Global Journalism-Pulitzer Center Fellow reporting on land conflict and migration in Guatemala, where he was based for six years. Rich holds a master’s degree in political reporting from Columbia Journalism School, where he was awarded the Gordon Gray Fellowship for International Reporting. He was previously co-editor-in-chief of EntreMundos in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala, and as a freelance reporter he has published in English and Spanish for outlets like The Guardian and Plaza Pública. Follow him on X @richmattbrown.

Nick Burns is editor and social media manager at Americas Quarterly. Nick writes for AQ on politics in Argentina and Chile, as well as on conservative movements across Latin America. He edits AQ’s culture section and has written for publications including The New York Times, New Left Review and the New Statesman. A graduate of Stanford University, he also holds a master’s degree from University College London. Follow him on X @NickBurns.

Luiza Franco is an editor and the producer of the AQ Podcast. She is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Before joining AQ, Luiza worked for BBC Brazil and Folha de S.Paulo. She holds a master’s degree in political reporting from Columbia University. Follow her on X @luizavmf.

Anais Gonzalez is the assistant art director at Americas Quarterly. She is a graduate of the City College of New York and also works as a freelance graphic designer and illustrator. She has designed online and print publications for organizations including the Atlantic Council and Equis. Anais is also a coder with experience in exploring the use of HTML, CSS, and p5.js as creative tools for typographic art and design. As a 2021 Google Summer of Code Participant with the Processing Foundation, she made coding and virtual reality resources more accessible to artists and educators by improving the p5.xr augmented and virtual reality JavaScript library.

Michelle Sicard is an editorial assistant at Americas Quarterly. A Colombian-American graduate of Johns Hopkins University, her areas of interest include U.S.-Latin America relations in immigration, organized crime and politics. Prior to joining AQ, Michelle was a legal counselor at the Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center and LATAM healthcare research analyst at Frontierview. Throughout her studies, she has lived in Bahia, Brazil and Bologna, Italy. She will complete her master’s degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies in May 2025. Follow her on X @MichSicard.

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