Chilean President-elect Gabriel Boric speaks with President of the Constituent Assembly Elisa Loncon on Dec. 21 in Santiago.

Gabriel Boric Bookends a Year of Demands for a New Social Contract

This year, voters from Chile to Honduras to Peru elected leftist leaders who promised to ease endemic inequality.

Presidential candidates Gabriel Boric of the Social Convergence party and José Antonio Kast of the Republican Party pose before a presidential debate in Santiago, Chile, on Dec. 13.

In Chile’s Presidential Race, Kast and Boric Are Not Equally Dangerous Extremes

Far-right candidate José Antonio Kast threatens to politicize the country’s constitutional rewrite.

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 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.

People protest the Brazilian president.

The Pandemic’s Legacy Will Spur New Protests in Latin America

Increased economic inequality has only added to widespread discontent.

Chilean cyclists participate in a protest against Sebastian Piñera's government in Santiago on Nov. 24, 2019.

Chile Offers a Blueprint for Effectively Channeling Outrage

Too many Latin American countries are stuck in a cycle of protest and reaction.

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 Chilean holds a flag from the Comunist Party of Chile to celebrate victory after the end Constitutional Convention Elections weekend on May 16 in Santiago, Chile.

Chile’s Constitution Is Too New for Its Own Good

The path is clear for a social democratic revision of its political system—and for a severe backlash.

A volunteer records people who voted.

Chilean Voters Have Turned Their Backs on Traditional Coalitions. What’s Next?

In a blow to the groups that have governed since democratization, voters chose independent candidates and alternative coalitions to draft a new constitution.

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 hold a Chilean flag that reads 'Constituent Assembly to recover sovereignty' during the sixth day of protests on Oct. 23, 2019 in Santiago, Chile.

Meet the Candidates Who Might Write Chile’s New Constitution

Many Chileans are hopeful that the upcoming constitutional drafting process can address long-standing issues.

A photo from the film “The Mole Agent.”

Octogenarian Sherlock Holmes

Oscar-nominated “The Mole Agent” is a film noir take on life in a Chilean nursing home.

Wind turbines run by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) are seen along a ridge line in Guanacaste, Costa Rica on March 26, 2015.

A Green Recovery in Latin America

Stimulus cash in the region aims to create environmentally friendly jobs, but there is room for far more.

Women take part in a demonstration during the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women in Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 25, 2020.

Why Chile’s New Constitution Is a Feminist Victory

Activists built on years of organizing to achieve a groundbreaking gender-parity requirement in the upcoming drafting process.

A demonstrator supporting ousted President Martín Vizcarra holds a Peruvian flag during a protest against the government of then-interim President Manuel Merino in Lima on Nov. 14.

Peru Needs a New Constitution

The country went through three presidents in a week in November—and it might soon have another if it doesn’t pursue a constitutional referendum like neighboring Chile.

Residents of the Galápagos Islands hold a demonstration outside the court where the crew of a Chinese-flagged ship confiscated by the Ecuadorian Navy is attending a hearing, on Aug. 25, 2017.

China’s Hunger for Seafood Is Now Latin America’s Problem

Massively in debt to Beijing, countries in the region can’t stand up to China to protect their coasts.

People with Chilean flags take part in a rally ahead of Sunday's referendum, in Santiago, on Oct. 22. Chileans will be asked two questions: if they want a new constitution and who should draft it.

A Year After Protests Began, Chile’s Constitutional Referendum Goes Ahead

On Sunday, after months of protests, voters can choose to keep or begin a process of replacing the current constitution.

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