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

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The presidents of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay pose for a photo with representatives from Mercosur associate members, Guyana and Bolivia, at the Mercosur summit in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina on July 4, 2023.
The presidents of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay pose for a photo with representatives from Mercosur associate members, Guyana and Bolivia, at the Mercosur summit in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina on July 4, 2023. Handout/ Reuters

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. Read More

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Latin America This Week: July 25, 2023
Peru shows no economy is insulated from politics forever; Panama and few others bat above the average on anticorruption; Xóchitl Gálvez puts opposition on the map ahead of Mexico’s 2024 presidential elections.
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In Peru, Opposition to Democratic Backsliding Is Growing. Without Leaders, it Might Not Get Far.
Peru's President Dina Boluarte and Congress have eroded democratic norms in the country, spurring protests. However, unless an opposition leader emerges, this new wave of protests will fall short. 
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Latin America This Week: July 18, 2023
A new conservative government in Spain would keep Latin America on the EU agenda; falling U.S.-China trade makes Mexico top U.S. partner; Guerrero’s violence spurred by poverty, corruption, and shifting U.S. drug demand.
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    Latin America This Week: July 11, 2023
    Guatemala’s first round election upset stands; Brazil’s non-alignment has a democracy blind spot; Remittances to Mexico hit a record $5.7 billion in May.
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    Latin America This Week: June 26, 2023
    Bolsonaro’s legal troubles begin; Guatemalan presidential candidates Torres and Arévalo head for second round.