Under Lula, Brazil Can Take On Regional Leadership. Will It?
A diplomatic heavy hitter is back at the helm of Latin America’s largest country—but the path to an influential international role is full of obstacles.
Q&A: Brazil’s Foreign Minister Mauro Vieira on the “Lula Doctrine”
An exclusive interview with Brazil’s top diplomat, on the relationship with China, the U.S., the need for multilateral reform, and more.
Susan Segal: Lula’s Opportunity to Lead the Region
Brazil’s president is in a unique position to direct the region towards an integrated and productive future, writes AS/COA’s president.
Thinking Abroad: Latin America’s Foreign Policies
AQ tracks priorities in external relations, including positions on Venezuela and China, in eight countries.
Why Mexico Is a Quiet Presence on the World Stage
Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s insular foreign policy, in the region’s second-largest economy, is a missed opportunity.
Brazil Needs a Feminist Foreign Policy
Diplomacy has a major role to play in advancing a gender-conscious approach to trade—its benefits will impact the whole economy.
Iván Velásquez Is Facing His Toughest Challenge Yet
As Colombia's defense minister, the former anti-corruption crusader is challenging criminal groups—and the military tasked with confronting them.
Why Did Costa Rica Really Abolish Its Military?
Politics, not pacifism, led the country to eliminate its armed forces in a decision that still resonates today.
Fernanda Melchor’s Gritty Dispatches from Veracruz
In a darkly humorous collection of stories and “crónicas,” the Mexican writer channels life in this chaotic port city.
The Intergenerational Heartbreak of Bolivia’s Urbanization
Alejandro Loayza Grisi’s “Utama” looks at the human side of environmental crisis in the Bolivian highlands.
The Complex Legacy of Brazilian Explorer Cândido Rondon
The general was an early advocate for Indigenous people—but reality has fallen brutally short of his ideals.
Who Gets to Map Latin America’s Natural World?
A Peruvian artist’s ghostly landscapes raise questions about objectivity and authority in documenting the region’s environment.
AQ’s Spring Playlist: A “Most Unconstitutional” New Album Roundup
This selection of recent releases features desert-inspired guitars from Ecuador, folk wisdom from Chile and tongue-in-cheek Brazilian wordplay.
Q&A: The Chilean Architects Building High-Rises—Out of Wood
A 12-story wood building in Patagonia will be the first of its kind in the country.