South America

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Brazilian Chief of Staff General Braga Netto talk during the launch of a new campaign against domestic violence during the coronavirus pandemic at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia on May 15, 2020.

Bolsonaro’s Teflon Wears Off

The unpopular Brazilian president suggests he could challenge the results of next year’s election.

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.

Military personnel offload COVID-19 doses.

U.S. Blunts China’s Vaccine Diplomacy in Latin America

The Biden administration ships millions of vaccines to the region as its public health crisis worsens.

Members of the Haitian police and forensics look for evidence outside of the presidential residence in Port-au-Prince, Haiti on July 7.

The Hit on Haiti’s President

International observers have stood by as Haiti’s political crisis escalated.

U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaks as Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei looks on during a press conference at the Palacio Nacional de la Cultura in Guatemala City on June 7.

Biden’s Dangerous Corruption Obsession

Rooting out graft may be good politics at home, but it won’t fix Latin America’s socioeconomic woes.

A woman fills containers with water from a public water pump, to take them home carried by her donkeys, in Santa Cruz Acalpixca, Xochimilco mayorality, Mexico City, on April 16.

Historic Droughts Drive Up Prices in Mexico and Brazil

Historic dry spells are straining life and business in the two countries, where presidents are aloof to climate change.

Smoke and flames rise from an illegally lit fire in the Amazon rainforest reserve in Brazil.

Only China Can End Brazil’s Climate Crisis

Deforestation is devastating the Amazon, but Beijing has the political and economic leverage to stop it.

A man gets off a bus used as a vaccination center after being inoculated against COVID-19 in Santiago on June 22.

The Third-Dose Debate in the World’s COVID-19 Epicenter

Vaccine champion Chile is already considering booster shots, underscoring the bumpy road to herd immunity.

Haitian migrants cross the Chucunaque River by boat to La Penita village, Darién province, Panama, on May 23, 2019.

The (Literal) Gap in U.S. Migration Policy

Kamala Harris’s recent trip to Latin America missed a brewing crisis in Panama’s Darién region.

Demonstrators use makeshift shields as they clash with riot police during a new protest against the government in Medellin, Colombia, on June 16.

Solutions for Colombia’s Social Unrest Are in Short Supply

As negotiations between the government and the strike committee stall, what can Colombia expect in the last year of Duque’s presidency?

Indigenous Minga leave the city of Cali, Colombia

Colombia’s “Progress” Leaves Millions Behind

Black and Indigenous citizens have been excluded from the country’s narrative of growth.

Pedro Castillo of Perú Libre waves to supporters.

Peru’s New President Isn’t as Radical as He Looks

Pedro Castillo ran as an anti-establishment leftist. Here’s why he won’t govern like one.

Chilean cyclists participate in a protest against Sebastian Piñera's government in Santiago on Nov. 24, 2019.

Chile Offers a Blueprint for Effectively Channeling Outrage

Too many Latin American countries are stuck in a cycle of protest and reaction.

Employees work on the production line of CoronaVac, Sinovac Biotech's vaccine against COVID-19 coronavirus at the Butantan biomedical production center, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on Jan. 14.

Vaccine Diplomacy Boosts China’s Standing in Latin America

Beijing has increased its leverage in the region—but Washington can still stage a comeback.

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.

An Iranian warship nears the Strait of Hormuz.

Why the United States Can’t Touch Iran’s Atlantic-Bound Warships

International law blocks direct action on sovereign vessels even if they’re violating U.S. sanctions.

Hospital workers install new intensive care beds

Argentina Is the Pandemic’s Latest Hot Spot

An overloaded health system struggles to deal with a deadly second wave of the coronavirus.

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