Analysis

Joe Biden speaks at a rally during his campaign for the presidency

Biden’s Latin America Opportunity: Why the Western Hemisphere Is More Important Than Ever

As the Biden administration prepares to restore US leadership on the global stage, enhanced coordination with Latin America and the Caribbean on vital issues such as climate change, human rights, and a rules-based trading system beckons as a strategic opportunity. The president-elect, more than any recent occupant of the White House, is well placed to seize it.

Michael Camilleri

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs

Joe Biden habla en un evento de 2019

Joe Biden, Friend of Latin America

When President Biden takes office in January, he will not approach Latin America with a blank checkbook or magic formulas for hemispheric comity and recovery, but he will offer his characteristic humanity, his belief in the region’s promise, and his administration’s steadfast engagement.

Michael Camilleri

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ La Nación

foto de una area rural verde en Colombia

Ideas para vincular regalías, cambio climático y la recuperación verde

A medida que Colombia trata de recuperarse de la devastación económica que le ha generado el Covid-19, también debe esforzarse en el cumplimiento de sus metas en materia de cambio climático y la creación de un modelo de desarrollo más sostenible. Los ingresos fiscales procedentes de la producción de minería e hidrocarburos podrían utilizarse para cumplir con esos importantes objetivos.

Lisa Viscidi, Nate Graham

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ El Tiempo

Child at a protest, refugees and immigrants

Stop Violating Immigrant Women’s Reproductive Rights

A brave whistleblower recently reported that women immigrants at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention center have been subjected to gynecological procedures without their knowledge or informed consent. Unfortunately, for thousands of women and girls, these reported violations are just a sampling of the government’s illegal practices of aggression and neglect in its treatment of women seeking to immigrate to the United States. 

Joan Caivano, Jane Marcus-Delgado

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Ms. Magazine

Luis Almagro

Almagro, la CIDH y la grieta interamericana

A la disputa por la Presidencia del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo se sumó un conflicto entre el secretario general de la Organización de Estados Americanos, Luis Almagro, y la Comisión Interamericana de Derechos Humanos. Aunque ambos casos son muy distintos, expresan una realidad preocupante: la creciente polarización que afecta a organismos fundamentales para América Latina y el Caribe.

Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Agenda Pública

President Donald J. Trump and President of the United Mexican States Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador sign a joint declaration

US – Latin America Relations: Can the Damage be Repaired?

The abdication of US leadership and virtually no response to the global pandemic in Latin America most dramatically revealed the fundamental indifference of the Trump administration towards the region. What would a new, Biden-led Democratic US administration in January 2021 (which as of this writing appears more likely than not) mean for Latin American policy?

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Política Exterior

The United States nominated Mauricio Claver-Carone to head the Inter-American Development Bank. // File Photo: U.S. State Department.

Trump’s Pick for IDB Chief Could Hamstring Latin America’s Top Lender

For Latin American and Caribbean nations that will depend heavily on the Inter-American Development Bank to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic in the years to come, the implications of Mauricio Claver-Carone’s bid for the presidency are profound.

Michael Camilleri

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

Inter-American Development Bank building

Latin America Won’t Give In to Trump Without a Fight

For the Trump administration, there seem to be only two options in dealing with multilateral institutions: withdraw (as in the case of the World Health Organization) or take them over. In the tussle over the Inter-American Development Bank, the region is prepared to wait him out. The ball is now in Latin America’s court.

Michael Shifter, Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

Image of Daniel Ortega and Arnoldo Aleman

The Demons of Nicaraguan Politics: Between the ‘Caudillo’ Political Boss and Perfect Politician

Nicaragua’s political crisis is torn between violence and anger of defensive misrule, and division within the opposition. It is a political battle full of contempt, criticism, and even manipulating reality. These actions are not atypical of Nicaragua, and they represent a very deep belief of our political culture: the government can only be administered by the perfect politician and each of us judges with moral superiority who is or is not worthy to be considered perfect.

Manuel Orozco

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Confidencial

LEGO map of South America

Regionalism and Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has once more demonstrated the fragility of Latin American regional and subregional organizations, and the reasons for it: the weaknesses of domestic institutions, the lack of shared interests and values, and the dependence on foreign powers. It is not too late to turn the pandemic into an opportunity to acknowledge the existence of common interests, and the value of pursuing them collectively.

Ana Covarrubias

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Unfulfilled Promises: Latin America Today

Crews from the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Waesche offload nearly 660 kilograms of narcotics

The Pandemic is Disrupting Organized Crime, But Not Necessarily for the Better

Covid-19 is transforming organized crime. In addition to heightening the risk of violence, the pandemic is also indirectly strengthening the social, economic, and political clout of several criminal organizations in the same way that the Italian mafia and Japanese Yakuza emerged stronger after the great dislocations of the Second World War. Crime kingpins know full well that law enforcement and criminal justice systems are overstretched, and that prisons are bursting at the seams. They also know that an economic depression is coming, which may increase the risk of violence. It is not entirely clear if governments are similarly alert.

Robert Muggah

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Unfulfilled Promises: Latin America Today

Press conference by US President Donald Trump at the NATO Summit in Brussels. Right: US National Security Advisor John Bolton

Between Trump and Bolton: Missed Opportunity in Venezuela

Bolton’s account in the chapter “Venezuela Libre” in his newly released book, “The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,” is a powerful reminder of how the Trump administration – out of a mix of ignorance, incompetence, and frivolousness – squandered the opportunity to help Venezuela emerge from its disastrous situation.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times

Street in China, Woman with an umbrella

Latin America After Covid-19: Just as Heterogeneous, Fragmented, and Irrelevant as Before…So Now What?

How does the Covid-19 pandemic affect Latin America’s insertion with the world? Andrés Malamud explored this topic in the book ‘Unfulfilled Promises’ in 2019. Today he reflects on how the pandemic has changed none of the trends he then identified. Rather, it has highlighted all of them: at the global level, we witness increasing multipolarity, failure of multilateral cooperation, and a Sino-American power transition; in Latin America, we observe structural heterogeneity, political fragmentation, and geopolitical irrelevance. Let us elaborate.

Andrés Malamud

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Unfulfilled Promises: Latin America Today