South America

A donkey stands tied up next to a burnt area of Amazon rainforest reserve, south of Novo Progresso in Para state, on August 16, 2020.

Biden’s Back Channel on the Amazon

Rocky Brazil-U.S. diplomacy on protecting the rainforest approaches a pivotal moment.

Guillermo Lasso celebrates after runoff elections on April 11 in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Ecuador Just Voted Against Populism, but Its Democracy Is Far from Healthy 

Conservative Guillermo Lasso will take office as an isolated president with a weak mandate, tasked with restoring faith in the country's institutions.

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.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus takes off his glasses and rubs his eyes.

The World Needs a Post-Pandemic Health Treaty With Teeth

WHO has no power to demand openness or independently confirm data at present.

A photo from the film “The Mole Agent.”

Octogenarian Sherlock Holmes

Oscar-nominated “The Mole Agent” is a film noir take on life in a Chilean nursing home.

Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez (C), flanked by his Foreign Minister Antonio Rivas (L), and Finance Minister Benigno Lopez, delivers a speech during the first Mercosur Summit held via video conference due to the COVID-19 at the Central Bank headquarters in Asuncion, on July 2, 2020.

Latin America’s COVID-19 Fiasco Is Also a Crisis of Regional Integration

A spat at Mercosur’s 30th birthday marked a low point for regional cooperation.

A burnt area of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

In Brazil, Vaccine Diplomacy Can Help Save the Climate

Washington should bypass Bolsonaro and open a direct dialogue on Amazon deforestation with local leaders in regions hit hard by COVID-19.

Brazilian rescue workers after a mudslide in Rio de Janeiro.

Rio de Janeiro Faces Perfect Storm of Climate Change

Coastal cities need to experiment with different strategies to boost resilience.

Wind turbines run by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) are seen along a ridge line in Guanacaste, Costa Rica on March 26, 2015.

A Green Recovery in Latin America

Stimulus cash in the region aims to create environmentally friendly jobs, but there is room for far more.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador gestures during his daily morning briefing in Mexico City on June 10, 2020.

Latin America’s Two Biggest Populists Are Preparing for a Showdown With Biden

Dealing with Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador could be the biggest thing the U.S. president does this year.

Relatives of a coronavirus victim mourn in Brazil

The Cost of Brazil’s COVID-19 Chaos

As deaths shoot up, the country’s data blackout and new variant put the whole world at risk.

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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.

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