Latin America’s Moment

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

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Bogota, Colombia on May 22, 2024.
Bogota, Colombia on May 22, 2024. Luisa Gonzalez/ Reuters

Stagnant Urban Productivity Stunts Latin America’s Economic Growth, Plus Chinese Lenders Turn Away From Latin America

Stagnant urban productivity stunts Latin America’s economic growth; Chinese lenders turn away from Latin America. Read More

Latin America
Amazon Deforestation Down But Little to Show for COP28, Plus Venezuela-Guyana Tensions
Region will struggle to maintain progress on deforestation. In Dubai, pledges don’t match financial commitments for Latin America. Maduro uses self-manufactured Essequibo crisis to crack down on the opposition.
Petro's Total Peace Strategy Faces Challenges, Plus USMCA Brings Judgments But Not Punishments
Petro’s Total Peace strategy faces its greatest obstacle yet; USMCA brings judgments, even as countries delay enforcement
United States
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
    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.
  • Mexico
    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.