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Visitors stand on a salt mound at an Albemarle Corporation lithium mine in the Atacama Desert, Chile, on Aug. 24, 2022.
Visitors stand on a salt mound at an Albemarle Corporation lithium mine in the Atacama Desert, Chile, on Aug. 24, 2022.

How Chile’s Politics Are Shaping the Global Energy Transition

Chile’s rightward lurch is an opportunity to expand the supply of lithium, a critical battery resource.

Three people hold protest signs with slogans in Spanish denouncing Giammattei. One sign depicts Giammattei with red devil horns.
Three people hold protest signs with slogans in Spanish denouncing Giammattei. One sign depicts Giammattei with red devil horns.

Guatemala’s Anti-Corruption Star Dims

Once a laboratory for U.S.- and U.N.-backed anti-corruption efforts, the country is now backsliding.

Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso speaks during his impeachment trial at the National Assembly in Quito on May 16.
Ecuadorian President Guillermo Lasso speaks during his impeachment trial at the National Assembly in Quito on May 16.

Lasso’s Last Resort

For the second time in six months, an Andean president has dissolved Congress.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attends the welcome session at the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attends the welcome session at the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon.

How to Understand Brazil’s Ukraine Policy

Like it or not, Lula’s stance reflects legitimate misgivings about the global order.

Supporters of Chile’s far-right Republican Party celebrate the victory of their candidates during an election to choose members of a new constitutional council in Santiago on May 7.
Supporters of Chile’s far-right Republican Party celebrate the victory of their candidates during an election to choose members of a new constitutional council in Santiago on May 7.

Chile’s Constitutional Whiplash

Progressives championed a rewrite. Now right-wing parties are in control.

Paraguayan President-elect Santiago Peña celebrates with members of his Colorado Party after winning the Paraguayan presidential election, in the capital of Asuncion on April 30.
Paraguayan President-elect Santiago Peña celebrates with members of his Colorado Party after winning the Paraguayan presidential election, in the capital of Asuncion on April 30.

Paraguay’s Political Machine Triumphs Again

An anti-establishment candidate surged in the polls, but it’s still the Colorado Party’s game.

Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva holds a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez at Moncloa Palace in Madrid on April 26.
Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva holds a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez at Moncloa Palace in Madrid on April 26.

Brazil Is Ukraine’s Best Bet for Peace

The nonaligned country has strong diplomatic traditions—and its president is a pro at building global coalitions.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro speaks during the opening of an international conference on Venezuela held in Bogotá on April 25.
Colombian President Gustavo Petro speaks during the opening of an international conference on Venezuela held in Bogotá on April 25.

Petro Pushes to Restart Venezuela Talks

At Colombia’s urging, the United States gets explicit about sanctions relief to woo Maduro back to the negotiating table.

Military members guard the outside of Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 14, the scene of one of Ecuador's worst prison massacres in years.
Military members guard the outside of Guayas 1 prison in Guayaquil, Ecuador, on April 14, the scene of one of Ecuador's worst prison massacres in years.

China Is Exploiting a U.S. Police Void in Latin America

Washington is the region’s top military partner but lags on civilian security.

A man carries a flag with the faces of former Peruvian presidents Alberto Fujimori, Alejandro Toledo and Alan Garcia, former first lady Nadine Heredia and her husband, former president Ollanta Humala, and current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, while thousands march against corruption through the streets of downtown Lima on February 16, 2017.
A man carries a flag with the faces of former Peruvian presidents Alberto Fujimori, Alejandro Toledo and Alan Garcia, former first lady Nadine Heredia and her husband, former president Ollanta Humala, and current President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, while thousands march against corruption through the streets of downtown Lima on February 16, 2017.

Justice in Peru Is a Danger for Its Politics

The extradition of a former president is a big risk for an already teetering political system.

Lula and Xi walk side by side in front of a military honor guard.
Lula and Xi walk side by side in front of a military honor guard.

Why Lula’s Visit to Beijing Matters More Than Macron’s

The world’s economic dynamism is shifting to the global south.

Activists raise green headscarves during a demonstration demanding the legalization of abortion in San Salvador, El Salvador.
Activists raise green headscarves during a demonstration demanding the legalization of abortion in San Salvador, El Salvador.

When Abortion Bans Are Too Popular to Overturn

A court may soon rule against El Salvador’s anti-abortion law. But will that make a difference?

An aerial view shows a mining site in Para state, Brazil.
An aerial view shows a mining site in Para state, Brazil.

Will Brazil Destroy the Amazon to Save the Climate?

Brazil’s mineral wealth could power the energy transition, but mining is a very dirty business.

Brazilian Finance Minister Fernando Haddad speaks during a news conference at the Brazilian Embassy in Beijing on April 14.
Brazilian Finance Minister Fernando Haddad speaks during a news conference at the Brazilian Embassy in Beijing on April 14.

Brazil Courts China to Boost Tech Ties

Lula believes Beijing can help—not hinder—Brasília’s industrial ambitions.

Maduro, wearing a red shirt, gives a speech in a crowd.
Maduro, wearing a red shirt, gives a speech in a crowd.

Why Maduro Is Courting Evangelicals Ahead of the 2024 Election

Their support could be key to Venezuela’s president regaining international recognition.

Colombian senator and opposition leader Gustavo Petro delivers a speech under the rain during a political rally in Medellin, Colombia, on November 19, 2021.
Colombian senator and opposition leader Gustavo Petro delivers a speech under the rain during a political rally in Medellin, Colombia, on November 19, 2021.

Colombia’s President Is a Difficult U.S. Ally—Except on Climate

Tensions are high between Colombia and the United States—but climate policy offers a way out.

An aerial view of a lithium mine that shws tripes of white and gold, and a crane in one of the stripes.
An aerial view of a lithium mine that shws tripes of white and gold, and a crane in one of the stripes.

The 21st-Century Gold Rush

Will there be a new cold war over lithium?

Argentine Economy Minister Sergio Massa gives a thumbs-up before a group match between Tigre and São Paulo soccer clubs during the 2023 Copa Sudamericana tournament at José Dellagiovanna Stadium in Buenos Aires on April 6.
Argentine Economy Minister Sergio Massa gives a thumbs-up before a group match between Tigre and São Paulo soccer clubs during the 2023 Copa Sudamericana tournament at José Dellagiovanna Stadium in Buenos Aires on April 6.

Argentina and the IMF Agree to Disagree

The fund has shown rare tolerance for the country’s unorthodox economic management.

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