There is an unmistakable trend in Latin American politics today: the left is in charge in some of the region’s largest countries — Chile, Bolivia, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico. Brazil, the biggest economy, could soon join this cohort if former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva wins the October election. This in many ways recalls the original pink tide of the 2000s. In this episode of The Americas Quarterly Podcast, international relations expert Oliver Stuenkel discusses what he expects from this new wave of leaders and what they represent for the region’s major economies and diplomatic relationships. He also gives his assessment of the presidential campaign in Brazil and what a Lula victory could mean for the region and for the new pink tide.
Oliver Stuenkel is a contributing columnist for Americas Quarterly and teaches International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas in São Paulo
Luiza Franco is a writer, editor and podcast producer at Americas Quarterly
Latin America’s Second Pink Tide Looks Very Different from the First by Oliver Stuenkel
Petro, Lula and the Future of Latin American Integration by Oliver Stuenkel
A New Era for US-Colombia Relations by Cynthia Arnson
Latin America’s Parliamentarism Problem by Will Freeman
Tags: AQ Podcast, Latin America, Left-wing leaders, Leftist Presidents