Latin America's Moment

Latin America’s Moment analyzes economic, political, and social issues and trends throughout the Western Hemisphere.

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U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris speaking alongside president of Guatemala, Alejandro Giammattei Carlos Barria/Reuters

The Fight Against Corruption in Central America Needs to Get Ugly

When the region’s governments are such problematic partners, going around and after them is the only solution. Read More

Chile’s Constitutional Rewrite: A Difficult Path Ahead, but a Recipe for Inclusion
Regardless of the challenges to meeting demands for an overhaul of Chile’s neoliberal economic system, the country’s new constitution could facilitate the lasting inclusion of marginalized groups in political processes.  
More Than a Few Good Women: Improving Hemispheric Security by Advancing Gender Inclusivity in Military and Police
Latin America and the Caribbean remains the most violent region in the world. Overwhelmed police and military forces stand to improve their effectiveness and accountability by unleashing a secret weapon: more female recruits.
Central America
Making Anti-Corruption Reforms Stick in the Northern Triangle
The Biden administration made a bold commitment to support the region’s prosecutors in their fight against impunity. But corrupt courts, business associations, and legislatures could derail the progress if they are not reformed in time.    
  • Argentina
    Argentina’s Latest Anti-Speech Scandal: Free Press on the Rocks?
    Already the most dangerous region in the world for journalists, press freedom in Latin America is under attack. A recent case in Argentina underscores the pressures journalists face in speaking truth to power. 
  • LGBTQ+
    Are Latin American Nations Turning Their Backs on LGBTQ+ Rights?
    Despite much progress over the past decade, the tide may be shifting. But U.S. partnership can help revitalize the expansion of LGBTQ+ protections in the Western Hemisphere.
  • Americas
    Protection Without Protectionism
    Getting Industrial Policy Right
  • Americas
    Biden Can’t Pick Up in Latin America Where Obama Left Off
    Four years of malign U.S. neglect and continental upheaval will require a rethink of U.S. policy.
  • Transition 2021
    U.S.-Mexico Partnership Will Get More Prickly
    Beyond his bluster on migration and trade, Donald Trump actually asked little of Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. That will change under Joe Biden.
  • Americas
    The Pandemic Is Eroding Bolivians’ Trust in Democracy
    Interim President Jeanine Áñez’s decision to postpone Bolivia’s election twice has sparked protests, revealing the threat COVID-19 poses to democratic governance worldwide.
  • Americas
    Mexican Migration Could Be the First Crisis of 2021
    The pandemic has worsened all the factors driving migrants north, not least from Mexico.