South America

President Jair Bolsonaro speaks with supporters in Brasília on April 19.

Why Jair Bolsonaro’s Coronavirus Denialism Won’t Hurt Him

The Brazilian president is banking on popular outrage at lockdowns if the economy falls apart—and elite fears of his vice president.

Posters against the International Monetary Fund in Buenos Aires

Argentina’s Friendships Could Jeopardize Its Debt Relief

Facing a coronavirus-aggravated economic downturn, Argentine President Alberto Fernández is walking a foreign-policy tightrope between Bolivia, Venezuela, and the United States.

Relatives of patients in Venezuela

Venezuela’s Health Care Crisis Now Poses a Global Threat

The collapsing medical system can’t handle a coronavirus outbreak on its own. It’s time for the international community to step in.

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.

Argentine President-elect Alberto Fernández

U.S.-Argentine Relations Can Survive Trump’s Tariff Threat

Since Alberto Fernández’s election, the U.S. president hadn’t antagonized the incoming leftist administration—until the announcement of new tariffs on steel and aluminum this week.

People demonstrate under pouring rain in Bogotá on Nov. 21.

Colombia Joins Latin America’s Wave of Protests

After hundreds of thousands of anti-government demonstrators took to the streets, President Iván Duque’s administration faces calls to address a range of demands.

A supporter of former Bolivian President Evo Morales

Evo Morales’s Chaotic Departure Won’t Define His Legacy

History won’t remember him for the ongoing unrest, but for the enfranchisement of Bolivia’s indigenous population.

Demonstrators march through Santiago, Chile, on Nov. 12.

Chile’s Protesters Have Won a Path to a New Constitution

Here’s why they want to replace the dictatorship-era document.

Venezuelans line up to cross into Cúcuta, Colombia, on June 8.

Don’t Let Venezuela’s Crisis Take Down Colombia Too

Washington should do more to address the worsening humanitarian situation in the region.

Argentine President Mauricio Macri speaks during the second debate for presidential candidates in Buenos Aires on Oct. 20.

Mauricio Macri Was Bound for Disaster

Argentina’s president, who is widely expected to lose Sunday’s election, had no options to save the country’s economy that would have let him stay in power.

Demonstrators march in Santiago, Chile, on Oct. 23.

Why Chileans Are Still Protesting Despite Reform Promises

In Santiago, demonstrations over economic inequality are expected to continue after President Sebastián Piñera promised reforms.

Venezuelan migrants walk along the border of Peru and Ecuador.

Don’t Let Venezuela Join the United Nations Human Rights Council

Costa Rica has announced its candidacy to stop Nicolás Maduro’s tyrannical government from winning a coveted seat at the U.N.

An activist holds a sign depicting Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro with the slogan “Exterminator of the Future,” during a protest about the fires in the Amazon rainforest in Cali, Colombia, on Aug. 23.

Threats Worked in Brazil—and They Might Elsewhere, Too

Do the Amazon fires point the way for future international efforts to combat climate change?

Demonstrators demand the resignation of Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernández, in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on Aug. 7

Honduran Protesters Have Little Cause for Hope

Even if President Juan Orlando Hernández were to leave office, the country’s problems would persist.

A woman and children walk past an armored vehicle in Rio de Janeiro on March 7, 2018.

Brazilian Organized Crime Is All Grown Up

And now Bolsonaro’s iron-fisted approach risks worsening the problem.

A former member of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), now a member of the Common Alternative Revolutionary Force (FARC) party, takes part in a protest in Bogotá on March 18.

Colombia’s Uneasy Peace

A few years after Bogotá struck a deal with the FARC, challenges to the agreement risk undermining it.

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