Politics, Business & Culture in the Americas

Inside the dramatic turnaround that made Colombia’s second city a model for water management.

MEDELLÍN— For much of the 20th century, the Medellín River was an open sewer, collecting the untreated human and industrial waste of the Aburrá Valley. Stretching through the valley’s center, Medellín — a fast-growing city with a reputation for entrepreneurship— turned its collective back and closed its collective nose. Warehouses and rail tracks buffered the city from the rank … Read more


The Next Frontier in Latin America’s Anti-Corruption Drive

This article is adapted from AQ’s latest issue on Latin America’s anti-corruption movement. It is hard to overstate the importance of international collaboration for investigating corruption in Latin America. Simply put, operations like Brazil’s Lava Jato would probably not have existed without the information and technical assistance provided by the U.S. or Switzerland—in particular, the sharing … Read more

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