Latin America

German Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with French President Emmanuel Macron prior to the start of an EU summit at the European Council building in Brussels on July 18.

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Children talk with soldiers in a municipality of Chocó, Colombia, on June 9, 2017. The area has grown used to the sight of heavily armed soldiers and continues to see swarms of villagers displaced by clashes between armed groups.

In Colombia, the Pandemic Provides Fertile Ground for Illegal Armed Groups

Criminal bands and fighters are capitalizing on fear to expand their control in vulnerable communities.

A volunteer disinfects an area inside Santa Marta Favela in Brazil

Latin America Can’t Survive the Coronavirus Crisis Alone

Countries are too rich to access conventional aid, but they can’t cope by themselves.

A health worker at Carrasco International Airport near Uruguay's capital, Montevideo

Uruguay Emerges as a Rare Pandemic Winner in Latin America

Despite the border with hard-hit Brazil, the coronavirus is well under control in the country.

Indian Malaria Fumigation

Malaria May Still Be 2020’s Biggest Killer

The coronavirus has shut down large-scale treatment and prevention programs around the globe, which could send malaria deaths skyrocketing this year.

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega (left) and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif at a meeting in Managua on July 22, 2019.

Iran Is Working Hard to Revive Anti-U.S. Operations in Latin America

Reactivating old alliances in America’s soft underbelly is not as easy as it seems.

Workers carry a casket to its burial site as a family member (far right) records the moment on his phone at the San Lorenzo Tezonco public cemetery in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, on May 19.

Mourning in Mexico

As the coronavirus death toll mounts, interrupted mourning rituals leave families unmoored.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro

Brazil Is Suffering. Bolsonaro Isn’t.

The Brazilian president is proving that right-wing populism has ways of overcoming self-inflicted disasters.

Peruvian Army soldiers stand guard during an operation to blow up a landing strip used by drug smugglers in the Amazon jungle, near Oxapampa, Peru, on Oct. 31, 2019.

The Pandemic Has Triggered Dramatic Shifts in the Global Criminal Underworld

Drug cartels are facing broken supply chains, shrinking revenues, and shifting markets. Rising violence is just one effect.

A burial takes place in a new cemetery area recently opened for suspected and confirmed coronavirus victims in Manaus, Brazil, on April 22.

In the Coronavirus Era, Trump’s ‘America First’ Means ‘Latin America Alone’

The Trump administration’s response to the pandemic in Latin America perfectly illustrates why U.S. relations with the region are on life support.

Alma Rosa Preciado marches with a photo of her disappeared daughter and granddaughter in Poza Rica, Veracruz, on Feb. 21.

‘We’re Doing What the Government Won’t Do’

In Mexico, a growing citizen movement is searching for thousands of victims of forced disappearance in the absence of enforcement of government policies.

A man wears a face mask as he walks past a mural depicting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega in Managua on April 9.

Nicaragua Is Stumbling Into Coronavirus Disaster

An aging autocrat and an already wrecked health care system are a dangerous combination.

Two men greet each other by touching elbows.

Poor Countries Need to Think Twice About Social Distancing

Policies imposed in rich countries to fight the coronavirus could have adverse effects in low-income nations—potentially endangering more lives than they save.

A woman wearing a face mask walks in an empty market during the outbreak of the coronavirus, in Mexico City, on April 3.

The Coronavirus Will Cause New Crises in Latin America

The region’s economic and political systems were already under strain. In 2020, the virus may push them to a breaking point.

A man and his family walk past closed vegetable stalls.

The Coronavirus Could Topple Governments Around the World

The coronavirus pandemic might not disrupt politics in wealthy Western democracies, but it is likely to unleash political instability—and even regime change—in developing countries already suffering from an economic crisis.

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro attend the 11th BRICS Summit in Brasilia, Brazil, on Nov. 14, 2019.

The Coronavirus Is the Biggest Emerging Markets Crisis Ever

The pandemic is starting to topple one of the pillars of the globalization era.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani greets Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro

Iran May Be Eyeing the United States’ Soft Underbelly

When Iran takes revenge for the killing of Qassem Suleimani, history suggests it could happen in Latin America.

Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg

No, Pete Buttigieg Is Not a CIA Asset

The agency’s history of bloody-handed bungling abroad has come back to haunt U.S. politics.

Venezuelan migrant Johan Castillo receives cakes on his birthday from members of the Red Cross in Bucaramanga, Colombia, on Dec. 17, 2019.

Could Venezuela’s Loss Be Latin America’s Gain?

The world’s second-largest refugee crisis could change North and South America for the better, but host countries can’t shoulder the burden without international help.

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