South America

People wait in line to receive the first dose of the Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19 at the Plaza Murillo in La Paz, Bolivia, on Jan. 6.

Omicron Spells the Return of Pandemic Political Calculus

South America is the world’s most vaccinated region. Will that be enough to contain the new variant?

From left to right, Guyana’s ambassador to Chile, George Talbot; Bolivia’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Carmen Almendra; Paraguayan President Mario Abdo Benitez; Colombian President Iván Duque; Argentina’s then-president, Mauricio Macri; Chilean President Sebastián Pinera; Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro; Ecuador’s then-president, Lenín Moreno; Peru’s then-president, Martín Vizcarra; Uruguay’s then-foreign relations vice minister, Ariel Bergamino; and Suriname’s then-ambassador to Chile, Marciano Edgar Armaketo, pose for a picture during the launching of the Prosur regional initiative at La Moneda presidential palace in Santiago, Chile, on March 22, 2019.

Will 2022 Reboot Latin American Regionalism?

Increased cooperation could spur policy shifts from migration to medical manufacturing.

Supporters of the Honduran opposition and members of the leftist Liberty and Refoundation party celebrate in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, on March 30, after Tony Hernández, the brother of the President Juan Orlando Hernández, pictured in the poster, was sentenced to life in prison for drug trafficking offenses in New York.

Will Honduras’s Hernández Face Justice in New York?

Extraditing the outgoing president won’t be easy, but it’s what many citizens want.

Chilean President-elect Gabriel Boric speaks with President of the Constituent Assembly Elisa Loncon on Dec. 21 in Santiago.

Gabriel Boric Bookends a Year of Demands for a New Social Contract

This year, voters from Chile to Honduras to Peru elected leftist leaders who promised to ease endemic inequality.

Presidential candidates Gabriel Boric of the Social Convergence party and José Antonio Kast of the Republican Party pose before a presidential debate in Santiago, Chile, on Dec. 13.

In Chile’s Presidential Race, Kast and Boric Are Not Equally Dangerous Extremes

Far-right candidate José Antonio Kast threatens to politicize the country’s constitutional rewrite.

Supporters of the Confederation of Indigenous Nationalities of Ecuador take part in a protest march after their leaders met with Ecuador’s President Guillermo Lasso at the Carondelet Palace in Quito, Ecuador, on Oct. 4.

Meet the Indigenous Leaders Reshaping Ecuador’s Politics

They have slowly but steadily attained political power. What will they do with it?

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi attends the Forum of China and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States virtually from Beijing on Dec. 3.

Latin America Could Profit From U.S.-China Competition

“Active nonalignment” is on display in a busy week of summits with both Beijing and Washington.

International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan delivers a statement at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace offices in Bogotá, Colombia, on Oct. 27.

The ICC Doesn’t Look So Interventionist After All

Serious domestic efforts at justice in Colombia have led the court to suspend its longest-running examination to date.

U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House in Washington on Dec. 6.

The Democrat’s Playbook

Biden’s Summit for Democracy must go on the offensive.

A boy holds a toy gun.

Lockdowns Produced a New Generation of Child Soldiers

In Colombia, armed groups have treated the pandemic as a recruitment opportunity.

Koko the gorilla with trainer Penny Patterson

Nature Is Becoming a Person

How to make sense of the new global trend that grants legal rights to animals, plants, and rivers.

A health worker holds a vial of the Sputnik V vaccine at the Lumiere movie theater, used as vaccination center, in Rosario, Santa Fe province, Argentina, on March 26.

How Sputnik V Helped Bring Down Argentina’s Peronists

President Alberto Fernández was an early champion of the jab. Now he’s paying the political price.

Greicy Estefania, the 6-year-old daughter of ex-combatant Esmeralda Ranjel, and her friend Desiree ride their bicycles past a mural of female ex-combatants of the Colombian rebel group the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in Pondores, Colombia, on Oct. 3.

As Colombia’s Peace Crumbles, Female Guerrillas Wonder What’s Left for Them

Many joined the FARC to escape traditional gender roles. Now they’re being forced back.

Chilean Environment Minister and COP25 president Carolina Schmidt (center) meets with delegates from Indigenous communities during the COP26 U.N. climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, on Nov. 3.

Deforestation Déjà Vu at COP26

Past conservation efforts have floundered. Latin American nations will decide whether the new pact succeeds.

Helicopters stand at the Carepa military base, close to where the drug lord Dario Antonio Úsuga was captured, in Antioquia department, Colombia, on Oct. 24.

What a Gangster’s Takedown Says About Colombia’s Fragile Peace

The Gulf Clan grew in areas where implementation of the country’s 2016 peace deal has lagged.

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