Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas
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Organized Crime in Times of COVID

Special Report View as PDF The Pandemic’s Big Winner? Organized Crime COVID-19 has been a bonanza for organized crime. Greater international coordination could ease at least some of the damage. School’s Out in Latin America. Gangs Are Thrilled. By JOHN OTIS With 97% of Latin American kids out of class, some criminal groups see a … Read more

Closing the Gender Gap

Special Report View as PDF How to Close Latin America’s Gender Gap by 2030 Five ideas for how Latin America can pursue the best post-COVID recovery plan possible: equality for men and women. How Banks Can Break Down Barriers for Women By ERNESTO TORRES CANTÚ Improving access to credit for women entrepreneurs can help Latin … Read more

5 Big Ideas for a Post-COVID Latin America

Special Report View as PDF 5 Big Ideas for a Post-COVID Latin America From universal health care to a revival of hemispheric trade talks, it’s time to be bold. Let’s Look Beyond GDP to Rebuild Latin America By ALICIA BÁRCENA Well-being, inequality and sustainability should be measured just as carefully as the monetary value of … Read more

The Migration Issue

Special Report The Urgent Effort to Integrate Latin America’s Migrants The pandemic only increases the need to welcome migrants with compassion. It will be hard. Class Is in Session: Inside the Brazilian Schools Welcoming Venezuelans By RICHARD LAPPER A school on the Venezuela-Brazil border offers lessons for the whole region. Colombia’s Migration Czar: The Goal Is … Read more


Latin America’s 21st-Century Militaries

Special Report Latin America’s 21st-Century Militaries In many countries, soldiers are again playing a prominent role in politics, security and the economy. Is this a restoration – or something entirely new? It’s Not the 1970s Again for Latin America’s Militaries. Here’s Why. By FRANK O. MORA and BRIAN FONSECA They’re back – but militaries have … Read more


The Politics of Water

Special Report Latin America’s Invisible Crisis Droughts and other water-related challenges pose a rising threat to millions of Latin Americans. But some governments and companies are pointing the way forward. Medellín’s Other Success Story: How the City Cleaned Up Its Water By SETH KUGEL Inside the dramatic turnaround that made Colombia’s second city a model … Read more


Falling Apart?

The Crackdown Continues Is Latin America’s Corruption Crackdown Falling Apart? Saving it will require courage, smart reforms – and honesty about its problems. A new issue of AQ explores why. What Latin America’s “Corruption Busters” Got Right – and Wrong By BRIAN WINTERAn overview of the popular but struggling movement, and ideas on how to … Read more

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