Latin America Brief

A woman wearing a face mask reads inside a subway in São Paulo on May 7, 2020.

How Latin American Women Governed During the Pandemic

Female leaders saved more lives in Brazil and reinvented stimulus policy in Argentina.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazilian Chief of Staff General Braga Netto talk during the launch of a new campaign against domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on May 15, 2020.

Bolsonaro’s Teflon Wears Off

The unpopular Brazilian president suggests he could challenge the results of next year’s election.

People take part in a demonstration against the government of Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel in Havana on July 11.

Cuba’s Shockwave From the Street

Unprecedented nationwide protests are the product of economic strain—and newfound digital connectivity.

Members of the Haitian police and forensics look for evidence outside of the presidential residence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 7.

The Hit on Haiti’s President

International observers have stood by as Haiti’s political crisis escalated.

A woman fills containers with water from a public water pump, to take them home carried by her donkeys, in Santa Cruz Acalpixca, Xochimilco mayorality, Mexico City, on April 16.

Historic Droughts Drive Up Prices in Mexico and Brazil

Historic dry spells are straining life and business in the two countries, where presidents are aloof to climate change.

A man gets off a bus used as a vaccination center after being inoculated against COVID-19 in Santiago on June 22.

The Third-Dose Debate in the World’s COVID-19 Epicenter

Vaccine champion Chile is already considering booster shots, underscoring the bumpy road to herd immunity.

People hold Nicaraguan flags and shout slogans outside the Church of San Miguel in the Nicaraguan town of Masaya, during a mass to commemorate the third anniversary of the beginning of the protests against the government of President Daniel Ortega, on April 18.

The Race to Avert a ‘Second Dictatorship’ in Nicaragua

The Western hemisphere is weighing how to respond to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s jailing spree.

Peruvian leftist presidential candidate Pedro Castillo of Peru Libre waves to supporters from his party headquarters balcony in Lima on June 8.

Peru’s Electoral Earthquake

A slate of weak parties has brought a little-known political organizer to the brink of the presidency.

Residents hang red rags in their windows as a distress signals for government aid during the COVID-19 pandemic in Bogota on May 13, 2020.

How to Escape the COVID-19 Debt Trap

This crisis may be a turning point for how the IMF treats indebted nations.

President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador gestures during the daily briefing at Palacio Nacional in Mexico City on May 5.

Mexico’s MORENA Referendum

Homicide-laced midterm elections highlight the shortcomings of Mexico’s ruling coalition.

Employees work on the production line of CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech's vaccine against COVID-19 coronavirus at the Butantan biomedical production center, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 14.

Latin America’s Vaccine Stars and Struggles

Technology transfers to produce shots are slowly underway in the region.

A woman walks past electoral posters ahead of this weekend’s elections in Santiago, on May 12.

Chile’s New Founding Mothers

Chile prepares to elect constitutional authors with 50 percent being women, a global milestone.

Demonstrators clash with riot police during a protest against President Ivan Duque's government at the Bolivar square in Bogota on May 5.

Unrest Returns to Colombia Over COVID-19 and Police Violence

The pandemic has increased debt in Latin America, and paying up may stoke social tensions.

Employees work in the telemarketing department at the startup company Hotel Urbano in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on May 5, 2015.

The Latin American Start-Ups Winning the Pandemic

Venture capital investors continued to bet on the region amid the COVID-19 slump.

A woman wearing a face mask walks by a banner with pictures of leaders of the Cuban Revolution and President Miguel Diaz-Canel, in Havana on March 3.

A Post-Castro Cuba

Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel faces the country’s worst economic slump since the fall of the Soviet Union.

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