Latin America’s Moment

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

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The Customs and Port Administration building in Montevideo, Uruguay, on January 3, 2024.
The Customs and Port Administration building in Montevideo, Uruguay, on January 3, 2024. Mariana Greif/Reuters

Organized crime fuels Mexico’s election violence, plus Europe’s Southern Cone cocaine pipeline

Organized crime’s hold on local governments fuels record election violence; Europe’s cocaine pipeline shifting to the Southern Cone. Read More

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Peru’s Elections in Doubt Plus, APEP Kicks Off and the Protest Risk to the Green Transition
Peru’s unpopular congress and attorney general move to undermine 2026 elections; APEP kicks off, focus narrowed; Protests could hold back Latin America’s role in the green transition.
Guatemala's Protests Go National, Plus Meddling Ex-Presidents and a Thaw in U.S.-Venezuela Relations
Guatemala’s protest movement goes national; Latin America’s meddlesome ex-presidents; U.S. border crisis and geopolitical turmoil are taking the pressure off Maduro.
Latin America This Week: September 29, 2023
Mexico will define the success of the U.S. State Department’s new synthetic drug initiative; In the Dominican Republic, politics trumps economics; Brazilian military mostly supported democracy.
  • Latin America
    The GOP's Posturing Will Push Latin America Into China's Arms
    Reviving the Monroe Doctrine would take a time machine.
  • Brazil
    Latin America This Week: September 20, 2023
    At 32 years old, Mercosur faces an existential crisis; Petro signals a big shift on drug policy; Massa’s last-ditch election spending will hobble the next government.
  • Mexico
    Latin America This Week: September 14, 2023
    AMLO ups spending, favoring the middle class and the military; Uruguay’s financial stability attracts investment—and crime follows; Peru’s democratic backsliding is passing the point of no return.
  • Latin America Studies Program
    Latin America This Week: September 7, 2023
    Petro’s latest scandal could reenergize Colombia’s lackluster conservative opposition; foreign direct investment in Latin America defies global downturn.
  • Argentina
    Latin America This Week: August 31, 2023
    BRICS becomes BRICS+, though not all may join; Latin America looks West, not East, for its technology; more frequent droughts promise more slow downs in the Panama Canal.
  • Colombia
    Petro’s Total Peace Plan Turns One: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
    Petro’s peace plan is neither a total failure nor a total success, for now.
  • Guatemala
    Guatemala Chose a New Pro-Reform President. Can He Stem Corruption and Migration?
    Guatemala’s outsider, pro-reform candidate won against the odds, but can he govern?