Latin America Brief

A health worker holds a vial of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Lumiere movie theater, used as vaccination center, in Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina, on March 26.

How Sputnik V Helped Bring Down Argentina’s Peronists

President Alberto Fernández was an early champion of the jab. Now he’s paying the political price.

Chilean Environment Minister and COP25 president Carolina Schmidt (center) meets with delegates from Indigenous communities during the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3.

Deforestation Déjà Vu at COP26

Past conservation efforts have floundered. Latin American nations will decide whether the new pact succeeds.

Helicopters stand at the Carepa military base, close to where the drug lord Dario Antonio Úsuga was captured, in Antioquia department, Colombia, on Oct. 24.

What a Gangster’s Takedown Says About Colombia’s Fragile Peace

The Gulf Clan grew in areas where implementation of the country’s 2016 peace deal has lagged.

Demonstrators protest in front of the Planalto Palace in Brasília on Oct. 8, the day Brazil was expected to reach the milestone of 600,000 people dead of COVID-19.

Brazil’s Senate Accuses Bolsonaro of Crimes Against Humanity

It’s a new low for his government’s catastrophic pandemic response.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks during a joint news conference with Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard at the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City on Oct. 8.

The U.S.-Mexico Drug War Gets a Rebrand

Can the “Bicentennial Framework” be a turning point?

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera delivers a press conference a day after he was mentioned in the Pandora Papers, a media investigation exposing world leaders’ use of tax havens, at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 4.

Hips Don’t Lie (and Neither Do Receipts)

Latin American leaders—and pop stars—are ensnared in the Pandora Papers leak.

Chilean President Sebastián Piñera (right) and then-Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao speak after the signing of agreements at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on June 26, 2012.

Can the United States Rival China in Latin America?

The newly announced Build Back Better World initiative weighs its prospects in the region.

A U.S. Border Patrol agent on horseback tries to stop a Haitian migrant from entering an encampment on the banks of the Rio Grande near the Acuña-Del Rio International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, on Sept. 19.

The View From Haiti

Many decry U.S. policy toward the country—and its migrants—as anti-Black racism.

Public hospital nurses demonstrate to demand better salaries and the renewal of their contracts amid the COVID-19 pandemic in Asunción, Paraguay, on Aug. 25.

An Informal Economic Recovery

A surge in low-quality jobs may prime Latin America for social unrest.

Mapuche activist Elisa Loncón stands before the opening session of Chile’s Constitutional Convention in Santiago, Chile, on July 4.

The Other 9/11

Chile’s constitutional rewrite aims to extinguish the lingering legacy of the 1973 coup.

A view of a gas well drill at Campo Maripe—a field claimed by the Mapuche Indigenous community—in the Vaca Muerta Formation in Añelo, Argentina, on Nov. 27, 2019.

Argentina’s Unlikely Climate Push

Can urging from Washington make one of Latin America’s biggest polluters go green?

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso greets supporters as he leaves after his inauguration speech at the National Assembly in Quito, Ecuador, on May 24.

A Savvy Start for Ecuador’s New President

Reconciliation and vaccination have earned Guillermo Lasso a 73 percent approval rating. Can it last?

People walk over a pile of rubble from a collapsed building after a 7.2-magnitude earthquake in Les Cayes, Haiti, on Aug. 16.

A Non-Interventionist Region Reacts to Afghanistan

The factors that led to the country’s collapse find many parallels in Latin America.

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