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A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela
A motorcycle passes in front of an oil-themed mural in Caracas, Venezuela

Democracy Is Not a Commodity

The United States shouldn’t bargain away Venezuela’s future for oil.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks during an event to announce his pre-candidacy for the October presidential elections with running mate Geraldo Alckmin at Expo Center Norte in São Paulo on May 7.

Lula’s Tricky Comeback

The Brazilian leftist has crafted an unusual alliance with the center. Will it sully or save him?

Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation
Pro-Choice demonstrators celebrate outside the Justice Palace in Bogota after the Constitutional Court voted in favor of decriminalizing abortion up to 24 weeks of gestation

How Latin American Feminists Won Abortion Rights

Many argue abortion is not just an issue of individual choice but also of social justice.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a meeting of the National Confederation of Industry in Brasília, Brazil, on Dec. 7, 2021.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro gestures during a meeting of the National Confederation of Industry in Brasília, Brazil, on Dec. 7, 2021.

Bolsonaro Is Already Undermining Brazil’s Upcoming Election

The populist president and his devotees are casting a dark cloud over the October vote.

U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the first North American Leaders’ Summit since 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 18, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden speaks during the first North American Leaders’ Summit since 2016 in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Nov. 18, 2021.

Biden Is Setting Himself Up for Embarrassment in Los Angeles

The upcoming Summit of the Americas could be the gravestone on U.S. influence in the region.

Art collectives march in Buenos Aires to commemorate the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice.
Art collectives march in Buenos Aires to commemorate the Day of Remembrance for Truth and Justice.

Will Argentina’s Stolen Generation Be Forgotten?

Far-right leaders want to erase the memory of the junta’s disappeared. The fight to remember them is now in the hands of Argentine youth.

Argentine President Alberto Fernández and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador talk during the commemoration of Mexico’s Flag Day and the 200th anniversary of the enactment of the Iguala Plan at Cerro del Tehuehue in Iguala, Mexico, on Feb. 24, 2021.
Argentine President Alberto Fernández and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador talk during the commemoration of Mexico’s Flag Day and the 200th anniversary of the enactment of the Iguala Plan at Cerro del Tehuehue in Iguala, Mexico, on Feb. 24, 2021.

Washington Learns to Live With Regional Differences on Ukraine

The White House is mellowing its public criticism of the stances Brazil, Argentina, and Mexico have taken on the war.

An aerial view of the first thermosolar power plant in Latin America in Antofagasta, Chile, on Sept. 22, 2021.
An aerial view of the first thermosolar power plant in Latin America in Antofagasta, Chile, on Sept. 22, 2021.

Chile Bets Big on Green Hydrogen

The country aims to lure investors and become a global clean energy hub.

Solar technicians from Alianza Ceibo/Amazon Frontlines help members
Solar technicians from Alianza Ceibo/Amazon Frontlines help members

Ecuador’s Distant Dream of a Green Recovery

The debt-saddled country is struggling to meet its climate goals under IMF austerity.

Migrants and asylum-seekers march to protest against the United States’ Title 42 policy on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on March 21.
Migrants and asylum-seekers march to protest against the United States’ Title 42 policy on the Mexican side of the San Ysidro crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, on March 21.

The End of Title 42 Doesn’t Mean Back to Normal

During the pandemic, Washington outsourced harsh migration management to its southern neighbors.

People cheer during a celebration after the number of signatures to call a referendum to repeal some portions of the Law of Urgent Consideration were achieved in Montevideo, Uruguay, on July 8, 2021.
People cheer during a celebration after the number of signatures to call a referendum to repeal some portions of the Law of Urgent Consideration were achieved in Montevideo, Uruguay, on July 8, 2021.

Uruguay’s Low-Key Drama

Latin America’s most stable democracy holds a high-stakes policy referendum.

Members of the Venezuelan army take part in a military parade in Tumeremo, Bolívar state, Venezuela, about 56 miles from the border with Guyana, on July 21, 2015.
Members of the Venezuelan army take part in a military parade in Tumeremo, Bolívar state, Venezuela, about 56 miles from the border with Guyana, on July 21, 2015.

Another Conflict Is Brewing in the Caribbean

Russia’s war in Ukraine stirs Venezuela’s dreams of conquest in oil-rich Guyana.

Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate for the Colombia Humana political party, celebrates after winning the primary for the leftist Pacto Historico coalition in Bogotá on March 13.
Gustavo Petro, the presidential candidate for the Colombia Humana political party, celebrates after winning the primary for the leftist Pacto Historico coalition in Bogotá on March 13.

Colombia’s Left Finds Its Footing

A leftist has never ruled Colombia. But after last week’s primaries, the country’s upcoming presidential election is Gustavo Petro’s to lose.

Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protest during a motorcade and demonstration in favor of the government in São Paulo on March 14, 2021.
Supporters of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro protest during a motorcade and demonstration in favor of the government in São Paulo on March 14, 2021.

Bolsonaro Is Learning All the Wrong Lessons From Jan. 6

The Trump-dominated GOP models how a violent effort to overturn an election—even if unsuccessful—can become a political asset.

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Argentine President Alberto Fernández at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Feb. 6.
Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Argentine President Alberto Fernández at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Feb. 6.

Washington Must Respond to China’s Growing Military Presence in Latin America

Colombia’s designation as a major non-NATO ally comes at a critical moment.

Chilean miner Juan Bugueño leaves the Kiara copper mine in Chile, after work on June 22, 2021.
Chilean miner Juan Bugueño leaves the Kiara copper mine in Chile, after work on June 22, 2021.

Why This Commodity Crunch Is Different

The last time prices soared, Latin American economies boomed. Now, trouble is ahead.

Maduro and Putin on a placard in Caracas
Maduro and Putin on a placard in Caracas

U.S.-Venezuelan Oil Deal Should Not Forget Democracy

A surprise trip to Caracas seems to have secured some energy relief—but needs to yield democratic benefits, too.

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Dec. 5, 2018.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets with Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on Dec. 5, 2018.

How the War in Ukraine Could Empower Maduro

Skyrocketing oil prices give Venezuela’s embattled leader less incentive to pursue sanctions relief.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 16.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin meet at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 16.

What Bolsonaro’s Huddle With Putin Says About BRICS

Founded in a bygone geopolitical era, the economic grouping complicates great-power competition today.

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