Analysis

Peruvian Elections Briefing

Everything you need to know about Peru’s presidential elections.

Ben Raderstorf, Diana Jordán

Articles & Op-Eds ˙

Can Peace Break Out in Colombia?

The tentative, but historic, peace deal between the government and the FARC may not be popular. But it still might work.

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

US-LAC Relations After December 17

The restoration of diplomatic ties between the US and Cuba could bring about a broad new era for US trade, diplomacy, and strategic interests across the hemisphere.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Georgetown Journal of International Affairs

Latin America’s Political Pendulum

The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. Yet as the “pink tide” recedes, the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela. Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s, and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century.

Michael Shifter, Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Great Decisions

The Reproductive Rights Debate in Latin America

While the overall landscape for reproductive rights showed little change in 2014, there is evidence of glacier-like movement toward easing restrictions on abortion.

Joan Caivano, Jane Marcus-Delgado

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Americas Quarterly

North America is the strongest economy in the world. Let’s keep it that way.

North America the economic powerhouse has reigned supreme for nearly a century, becoming the largest and strongest in the world, an industrial dynamo, a commodities cornucopia and a magnet for millions upon millions of immigrants seeking a better life.

Thomas McLarty, Nelson Cunningham

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The Washington Post

Fidel at 90

Fidel Castro was Latin America’s most prominent 20th century leader. What is unclear is how he will be remembered—for governing Cuba with a progressive agenda or for keeping the island isolated and underdeveloped.

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Visto como herói e autocrata cruel, Fidel Castro chega aos 90 anos

Meet Brazil’s Unexpected President

Michel Temer is a deal-maker who took advantage of Dilma Rousseff’s downfall. What kind of leader will he be?

Ben Raderstorf, Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Slate

Drugs: The Debate Goes Mainstream

What is the best way to deal with drugs? Criminalizing drug users or treating them as patients?

Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Ernesto Zedillo, César Gaviria

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ World Post

Central America in the Face of Cuban Migration

In the current international environment, any situation regarding migration turns into a diplomatic issue over border control.

Manuel Orozco

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Confidencial

How Can Latin America Move to Low-Carbon Energy?

Latin America faces some of the toughest obstacles to halting energy emissions, but many countries in the region also have among the best opportunities to reach climate goals.

Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times