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Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.
Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.

Peru’s Democracy Is Dying

Pedro Castillo promised leftist reform. His incompetency has left his country’s democracy on its last legs.

Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.
Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.

Part III: Who’s in Charge?

Tracing the journey of squid—a $500 million industry in Peru—hundreds of miles from home isn’t as simple as it seems.

Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.
Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.

Part II: Pota in Paita

From local markets to a processing plant, our team heads to one of the most important squid fisheries in the world: Paita, Peru.

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How Squid Explains the State of Our Oceans

Foreign Policy’s new six-part narrative series on global fishing.

Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.
Castillo sits in a dark room beside other people, with a slight frown on his face.

Part I: Out to Sea

The race to catch squid off the coast of Peru is increasingly pitting local artisanal fishers against huge multinational fleets.

An aerial view of cleaning crews in white suits working on a shore to remove oil from a beach.
An aerial view of cleaning crews in white suits working on a shore to remove oil from a beach.

How Peru Laid the Groundwork for an Oil Spill Disaster

The nation’s unsustainable development model has ignored serious environmental risks.

Peruvian President Pedro Castillo arrives to address the U.N. General Assembly.
Peruvian President Pedro Castillo arrives to address the U.N. General Assembly.

Can Pedro Castillo Save His Presidency?

The Peruvian president’s first months in office have been characterized by chaos, extremism, and—critics say—sheer incompetence.

Pedro Castillo arrives for a press conference.
Pedro Castillo arrives for a press conference.

Peru’s Democracy Is at a Breaking Point

Pedro Castillo, who takes office this month, will likely face a renewed governability crisis as president.

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

Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Castillo delivers a speech to supporters from a balcony at his campaign headquarters during his closing rally in Lima on June 3, ahead of the June 6 runoff election against Keiko Fujimori.
Peruvian presidential candidate Pedro Castillo delivers a speech to supporters from a balcony at his campaign headquarters during his closing rally in Lima on June 3, ahead of the June 6 runoff election against Keiko Fujimori.

Peru’s New President Will Polarize the Country

Peruvians may gamble on a leftist political unknown or bring a controversial right-wing politician into office.

General view of Peruvian presidential candidates during the third and final televised debate organized by the National Electoral Jury in Lima on March 31.
General view of Peruvian presidential candidates during the third and final televised debate organized by the National Electoral Jury in Lima on March 31.

South America’s Election Super Sunday

“None of the above” is a popular vote in Ecuador and Peru, spelling legitimacy troubles.

Supporters of Hernando de Soto attend a campaign rally.
Supporters of Hernando de Soto attend a campaign rally.

Peru’s Election Is About to Make Its Problems Worse

This weekend’s vote will deepen the pandemic-ravaged country’s impasse.

Former Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra
Former Peruvian President Martín Vizcarra
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.
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.

A military guard salutes newly appointed interim President Francisco Sagasti in Peru
A military guard salutes newly appointed interim President Francisco Sagasti in Peru

Peruvian Presidents Are Becoming an Endangered Species

Political chaos has produced leaders with little power and no support.

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.
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.

A worker wearing protective equipment pushes a hand truck with an oxygen tank in Lima, Peru.
A worker wearing protective equipment pushes a hand truck with an oxygen tank in Lima, Peru.

The Peruvian Poor Can’t Breathe in the Pandemic

The mountainous country is the hardest-hit in the world, partly thanks to a critical lack of oxygen.

People protest against corruption in Lima on January 3, 2019.
People protest against corruption in Lima on January 3, 2019.

How to Tackle Coronavirus Corruption

Latin American governments have a chance to model a better version of the inspector general, with even greater autonomy, to address graft in the public health sector.

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