Latin America has been one of the hardest-hit regions by COVID-19, with five countries (Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru) each surpassing or expected to surpass 1 million cases. As of September, Latin America accounted for 28% of worldwide infections and 34% of deaths, while...

Regional Overview: Latin America has emerged as one of the most uniquely challenged regions in the face of the emergence of COVID-19. As countries across the region prepare to reopen, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the virus has not even reached the peak...

Latin America 2020 Outlook   After a tumultuous end to 2019, Latin America faces a variety of obstacles as the region attempts to return to the prosperity experienced during the commodities boom. Analysts expect improved growth numbers compared to last year, though the region will have to...

In late 2015, Mauricio Macri was elected president of Argentina promising to distance the country from the interventionist economic policy of his left-leaning predecessor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner. However, with only five months left in Macri’s first term, Argentina is deep into yet another recession...

On October 28th, after a dramatic election wrought with violence, fake news, and corruption allegations, Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil by an ample margin. Even though various Latin American countries, such as Chile, Argentina, and Colombia, have recently elected right-wing leaders, Brazil’s shift...

In August 2018, Iván Duque of the Centro Democrático Party was elected as President of Colombia promising economic growth, lower corporate taxes, and a tougher stance on the FARC guerrillas and the Venezuelan government. Even though he won a majority of the popular vote, President...

By now most people have probably forgotten how many criminal investigations have taken place in Brazil arising out of the “Operation Car Wash” scandals. The numbered rounds or “phases” of the investigation, as they are known in Brazil, reached 41 on May 25, 2017. Considering...

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) aims to increase trade and deepen economic ties between participating nations by reducing tariffs and regulatory red tape, as well as creating free trade zones, thereby boosting member nation economic growth. The agreement would set new terms for trade and business...

Mexico’s economy experienced its first quarterly decline in three years, posting a modest contraction of 0.2% in the second quarter of 2016. Economic performance was impacted by falling oil prices, government budget cuts, and a decline in output at state oil company Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex)....