Peru

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.

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.

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.

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.

Peru’s Election Is About to Make Its Problems Worse

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

A protester holds a sign  during a protest against corruption and hunger amid the coronavirus pandemic outside the presidential palace in Panama City, on June 25.

Latin America’s Wave of Protests Was Historic—Then the Pandemic Arrived

The coronavirus and lockdowns have worsened the region’s economic divides—and set the stage for more political upheaval.

A soldier speaks on a megaphone next to a worker from the Health Ministry during an operation to test employees of the Ciudad de Dios market for the coronavirus in Lima on May 11.

Peru’s Civil War Left It Vulnerable to the Pandemic

The country should address the worsening coronavirus crisis with policies that will also repair long-standing inequality.

People demonstrate in Lima on Oct. 3, 2019, after President Martin Vizcarra dissolved Peru's unicameral parliament.

Peru’s Vote for a New Congress Could Shape the President’s Legacy

After suspending the country’s Congress last fall, new legislative elections could give Martín Vizcarra the support he needs to confront corruption—or lead to renewed political gridlock.

Flags with the logo and the World Cup 2018 mascot Zabivaka are seen in front of Saint Basil's Cathedral in Moscow on June 30, 2018 during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament. (Photo by Vasily MAXIMOV / AFP)        (Photo credit should read VASILY MAXIMOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Read FP’s Coverage of the 2018 World Cup

War is politics by other means — and so is the World Cup.

Peruvian players huddle prior before the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group C match between Australia and Peru at Fisht Stadium on June 26 in Sochi, Russia. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Peru’s National Identity Was Bound Up With Conflict and Corruption for Decades — Then It Qualified for the World Cup.

On our podcast, how a country scores two goals in the soccer tournament and finds redemption.

Hezbollah supporters rally in Beirut, Lebanon, on Dec. 11, 2017. (AFP/Getty Images)

Why Is Trump Going Soft on Hezbollah?

Barack Obama did too little to curb the militant group, especially in Latin America. Donald Trump should do more.

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The Weekend Behind, the Week Ahead: Vive Le Pen, Don’t Take out Banners in Russia, and Maybe Cabinet Picks

From Mitt Romney to Marine Le Pen, Italian politics to a Colombian peace deal, here's what happened in the world this weekend.

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