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Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar, on Nov. 22.
Lionel Messi of Argentina is challenged by Salem Al-Dawsari of Saudi Arabia during the 2022 FIFA World Cup match between Argentina and Saudi Arabia at Lusail Stadium in Lusail City, Qatar, on Nov. 22.

What Lionel Messi Reveals About Geopolitics

Gulf states have embraced the soft power of Latin American soccer in their campaign for global influence.

Two men in suit sit side-by-side. One is pointing past the camera.
Two men in suit sit side-by-side. One is pointing past the camera.

Argentina’s Junta Trial Was About More Than a Few Good Men

Relying on Hollywood clichés, “Argentina, 1985” offers a pat, sentimentalized view of history.

Lula, wearing a gray sweater, stands and speaks into a microphone.
Lula, wearing a gray sweater, stands and speaks into a microphone.

Latin America’s New ‘Pink Tide’ Is a Mirage

Lula’s reelection in Brazil does not prove that Latin America is turning left again.

Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva poses for a photo with representatives of his country’s Indigenous people during the U.N. climate change conference in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt, on Nov. 17.

From BRICS to BIC

At COP27, Lula paints his foreign-policy aspirations green.

Environmental activists protest against the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, sometimes abbreviated as the TTP, in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 11.
Environmental activists protest against the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, sometimes abbreviated as the TTP, in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 11.

Boric Is Trapped on Trade

Resource-rich Chile stands to profit off the energy transition—if its leftist president signs a deal despised by his base.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Colombian President Gustavo Petro pose for a photo after a meeting at Casa de Nariño in Bogotá on Oct. 3.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Colombian President Gustavo Petro pose for a photo after a meeting at Casa de Nariño in Bogotá on Oct. 3.

Why Colombia Should Fully Legalize Cocaine

Both Gustavo Petro and Joe Biden misunderstand how supply and demand work. A more radical approach is needed to reduce drug-related crime.

Lula wins in Brazil
Lula wins in Brazil

Latin America’s Pink Tide Is an Opportunity for Washington

With Lula’s victory in Brazil, the Western Hemisphere is now dominated by left-of-center governments.

Petro stands before a backdrop of the Colombian flag wearing a yellow, blue, and red sash.
Petro stands before a backdrop of the Colombian flag wearing a yellow, blue, and red sash.

Can Colombia’s President Achieve ‘Total Peace’?

Gustavo Petro wants to solve 70-odd years of conflict in his four-year term. Here are the obstacles he’ll face.

Aerial view of a thermosolar power plant in Antofagasta, Chile, the first in in Latin America, on September 22, 2021.
Aerial view of a thermosolar power plant in Antofagasta, Chile, the first in in Latin America, on September 22, 2021.

The United States’ Easiest Climate Win Is in Latin America

Washington has the money for Latin America's energy transition—if it weren’t for the bureaucratic fine print.

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva flashes the "L" (for Lula) sign after casting his vote during the presidential run-off election in Sao Paulo.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva flashes the "L" (for Lula) sign after casting his vote during the presidential run-off election in Sao Paulo.

Can Lula Save the Amazon?

What his victory means for Brazil’s economy and climate policy.

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Can Lula Save the Amazon?

Plus: What has Olaf Scholz been up to?

Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks after defeating incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff at the InterContinental hotel in São Paulo on Oct. 30.
Brazilian President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva speaks after defeating incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in a runoff at the InterContinental hotel in São Paulo on Oct. 30.

Brazil Is Back

Foreign leaders have rallied around Lula after his win. How will he navigate a changed world?

Venezuelan migrants stand by a fence at an improvised shelter in Panama City, on Oct.23.
Venezuelan migrants stand by a fence at an improvised shelter in Panama City, on Oct.23.

To Halt the Venezuelan Migration Crisis, Stop Banning Venezuelan Oil

The Biden administration’s policies on sanctions and asylum-seekers are making the country's humanitarian situation worse.

A worker carries a bag of coca leaves.
A worker carries a bag of coca leaves.

Colombia’s Radical New Approach to Cocaine

The Petro administration plans to pour money into rural communities to stop the drug trade at its source.

U.S. President Joe Biden and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend a bilateral meeting at the 9th Summit of the Americas.
U.S. President Joe Biden and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend a bilateral meeting at the 9th Summit of the Americas.

How Team Biden Tried to Coup-Proof Brazil’s Elections

Sunday’s election in Brazil will be a test for more than Jair Bolsonaro’s integrity.

Combine harvesters crop soybeans in a field at Salto do Jacui, Brazil, on April 7, 2021.
Combine harvesters crop soybeans in a field at Salto do Jacui, Brazil, on April 7, 2021.

What Xi’s Third Term Means for Latin America

Slower Chinese growth and heightened tensions with Washington will echo in the region.

A man walks past towels with images of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro for sale in Brasília, Brazil, on Oct. 21.
A man walks past towels with images of former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro for sale in Brasília, Brazil, on Oct. 21.

Brazil’s High-Stakes Hustle for Swing Voters

Undecided and apathetic voters could determine the Lula-Bolsonaro showdown—if they turn out.

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Latin America Brief Chat: Brazil Decides

A space for subscribers to submit questions to FP’s Catherine Osborn on the Brazilian elections.

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