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Latin American Governments Are Caught in the Middle of the U.S.-China Tech War

So far, policymakers have maintained strong ties with both nations. In 2021, they may face a point of no return.

A street vendor wears as mask a message of support for Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele in San Salvador on May 1, 2020.

New Ideas and Old Risks in El Salvador

President Nayib Bukele’s Nuevas Ideas party prepares for an electoral sweep.

Officials attend the signing of a declaration to kick off the Prosur regional initiative at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, on March 22, 2019.

In Latin America, U.S. Popularity Is Already Bouncing Back

Trump has been all but forgotten as the region looks to cooperate with Biden.

Dr. Silvia Gelvez makes a heart with her hands as she waits to be vaccinated against COVID-19 during the first days of Colombia’s vaccination campaign in Bogotá, on Feb. 18.

Mexico Slams Vaccine ‘Hoarding’

Pledges of global vaccine solidarity have been slow to produce results.

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 specialist inside a COVID-19 mobile unit set up by the Peruvian Ministry of Health at the Hipolito Unanue Hospital in Lima on Feb. 27, 2020.

A Fight Over a Trump Official Could Block Aid to Latin America

The largest provider of urgently needed aid is up for a bigger budget, but some Democrats first want to remove its Trump-nominated head.

A supporter of Ecuadorian Presidential candidate Yaku Perez holds a flag outside the Electoral Delegation building in Guayaquil, Ecuador on Feb. 10.

Ecuador’s Green New Left

After this week’s election, the country’s oil-fueled model of growth is facing a reckoning.

A Brazilian demonstrator takes part in a protest against mandatory COVID-19 vaccination in São Paulo on Dec. 22, 2020.

In Brazil, QAnon Has a Distinctly Bolsonaro Flavor

A deluge of online conspiracy theories is dividing an already polarized country.

Hundreds of people gather for a "Lights for Liberty" protest against migrant detention camps and impending raids by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in New York City, on July 12, 2019.

What to Expect From Biden’s Immigration Policies

Latin America expert Shannon O’Neil discusses Biden’s plans to reverse family separation, rebuild the asylum and refugee system, and give hope to “Dreamers” and their families.

Manifestation in Favor of Bolsonaro's Impeachment Amidst the Coronavirus (COVID - 19) Pandemic

Will Brazilians Ever Dump Bolsonaro?

Brazil’s president downplayed the risk of COVID-19, delayed the purchase of lifesaving vaccines, and dithered as citizens died in Manaus—but his hold on power remains strong.

Brian Nichols, then ambassador to Peru, speaks at an event.

Biden Eyes Career Diplomat as Top Envoy for Latin America

Brian Nichols, currently the U.S. ambassador to Zimbabwe, has experience throughout Latin America.

An airport worker uses a forklift to carry a container with doses of Sputnik V vaccine from Russia at Ministro Pistarini International airport in Ezeiza, Argentina on Jan. 16.

Sputnik V Takes Off in Latin America

How Argentina helped open the region for the Russian vaccine.

Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro speaks during a press conference at Miraflores Palace in Caracas on Feb. 14, 2020.

The EU Tries and Fails Again on Venezuela

Instead of issuing limp statements, Europe should join Washington to get Maduro’s regime to negotiate with the democratic opposition.

A man holds a flower and a flag reading “Peace” during the funeral of a man killed by alleged members of an armed group in El Tambo on Aug. 25, 2020.

Colombia’s Peace Court Charges Former Guerrilla Leaders

The response will indicate the future of the country’s fragile detente.

Honduran migrants, en route to the border with the United States, walk along a road in Camotan, Guatemala, on Jan. 16.

Biden’s First Steps on Latin America

Only days into his presidency, he’s already changed the game on immigration.

Then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Assistant Secretary of State Roberta Jacobson

Biden to Tap Seasoned Former Diplomat to Oversee Southern Border Policy

Roberta Jacobson, a former U.S. ambassador to Mexico, will join the NSC and help oversee an anticipated U-turn in U.S. policy on migration and asylum.

A man in a Donald Trump mask joins a Mariachi Band and an immigration rights activists rally in front of the White House on June 5, 2018 in Washington.

Never Give Strongmen a Second Chance

Latin American history offers a clear lesson to the United States: Ban Donald Trump from running for election ever again.

U.S. President Donald Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at a news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington on March 19, 2019.

Bolsonaro Is Following Trump’s Anti-Democracy Playbook

Brazil’s “Tropical Trump” is laying the groundwork to discredit his country’s electoral process.

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