Analysis

World Trade Center Lights

Remembering September 11, 2001

The 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington, DC were a defining moment in history that forever changed the United States and the world. As we commemorate the tragic day and reflect on its impact after 20 years, we share the following article written by Michael Shifter on October 8, 2001.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Que Hacer

La fachada de la OEA con todas las banderas de sus estados miembros

¿Feliz? Cumpleaños a la Carta Democrática Interamericana

Se cumple el 20º aniversario de la publicación de la Carta Democrática que proclamaba el fortalecimiento y la defensa de los principios básicos de la democracia en el continente. Su eficacia como mecanismo colectivo de defensa de la democracia debe ser medida teniendo en cuenta la realidad de nuestros países.

Santiago Canton

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Infobae

La toma de posesión de Presidente de Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro.

El crepúsculo de la democracia

Una recorrida por la Latinoamérica de la ultima década nos obliga a preguntar si la tercera ola democrática ha llegado a su fin y el péndulo ya se encuentra nuevamente del lado autoritario.

Santiago Canton

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ La Nación

Alberto Fernandez speaking

Mercosur’s Divisions Are Pushing It to a Breaking Point

Relations between the four members of South America’s Mercosur trade bloc—Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay—are at their worst since the group’s establishment three decades ago. If the bloc is not up to the task of adapting to the 21st century, it may be time to set its members free to pursue their own trade and development goals.

Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

Joe Biden

Joe Biden necesita entender que Centroamérica es más que el Triángulo Norte

La visita a Guatemala de la vicepresidenta Kamala Harris cerró un primer acto político muy importante para Estados Unidos y Centroamérica. Como lo saben el presidente Joe Biden y Harris, Centroamérica es una parte del mundo crucial para Estados Unidos, por muchas razones pero principalmente por la migración.

Laura Chinchilla

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times

Nature scene of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

Sustainable Investment Is Flooding the Market

Companies are increasingly under pressure from the public and regulators to both disclose and improve environment, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. Such regulations in Europe and the United States will nudge investors toward low emissions projects. All this capital has to be put somewhere, and Latin America and other emerging markets are well positioned to become big recipients of these increased climate-focused flows.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

Women checks where to cast her vote

Peru’s Fraying Democracy

The second round of the Peruvian presidential elections will take place on June 6. Peru, which is suffering the economic and social effects of the pandemic, will choose between Keiko Fujimori, a former lawmaker in her third run for the country’s highest office and Pedro Castillo, a rural teacher and union leader from the northern region of Cajamarca.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs

Alberto Fernandez speaking

Will Argentina’s Fernandez Punt on a Deal With the IMF?

In a vitriolic address to Argentina’s Congress on March 1, President Alberto Fernandez put to rest any illusions that he would be a moderating influence on his vice president and political mentor, former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. During his speech, the president attacked Cristina Fernandez’s traditional enemies, including the press, the judiciary, and the political opposition. More surprisingly, he also criticized the IMF, despite being in the middle of discussions to renegotiate Argentina’s $44 billion debt.

Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

Joe Biden

President Biden Should Not Underestimate Challenges in Latin America

As the Biden administration begins to undo Donald Trump’s legacy in Latin America, many in the region appear guardedly optimistic about the prospects for more constructive relations with their northern neighbor.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times

una vista de Cusco, Perú / a view of Cuzco, Peru

A More Sustainable Peru Post-Covid-19

Covid-19 has devastated the Peruvian economy. But as the country seeks to rebuild in the virus’s wake, it has a chance to focus on fighting climate change and creating a more sustainable development model. The extractive industries central to Peru’s economy are a source of underutilized revenues that could help seize this opportunity. 

Lisa Viscidi, Nate Graham

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ El Comercio

Joe Biden

Biden: Windows of Opportunity for Latin America

President Joe Biden didn’t waste any time using his office and authority to set out an ambitious agenda and send a clear message to the American people and the world: under his administration, the US would adopt a very different tone and style – and pursue a notably different policy course – than Donald Trump.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Clarin

Xi Jinping at BRICS Summit

China’s Quiet Play for Latin America

China will keep winning friends from Chile to Mexico, regardless of a forthcoming shift in US policy toward the region.

Margaret Myers

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Noema Magazine

Street in Rivas, Nicaragua

Nicaragua 2021: crecimiento sin prosperidad, o la democracia necesaria

El 2021 será el cuarto año en que la prosperidad económica estará lejos del alcance de los nicaragüenses. La caída de ingresos es bestial, cientos de miles de personas sin percibir ingreso, con la mayoría de los trabajadores percibiendo un mes menos de lo que ganaban en el 2019, y prácticamente diez meses menos de cómo estaban en el 2017.

Manuel Orozco

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Confidencial