Go in depth on the latest trends in Latin American politics, economics, and culture in this podcast series by Americas Society/Council of the Americas.
El Salvador's Bitcoin Gamble
On September 7, El Salvador became the first country in the world to adopt a cryptocurrency as official legal tender. But while President Nayib Bukele has grown accustomed to high levels of popularity, citizens marked the country’s September 15 bicentennial by protesting his Bitcoin decision. The National Association of Private Enterprise’s Leonor Selva tells AS/COA’s Chase Harrison about implementation missteps and what other Latin American countries are learning from the experiment.
The Midway Point for Mexico's AMLO
Luis Rubio, president of México Evalúa, joins AS/COA’s Carin Zissis to dig into how President Andrés Manuel López Obrador will work with a newly elected legislature as he shapes his legacy halfway into his presidency, as well as how U.S.-Mexico relations do—and don’t—work as a check on the Mexican leader’s power.
How to Vaccinate a Hemisphere
Acquiring hundreds of millions of vaccines is one thing. Getting them in the arms of hundreds of millions of Latin Americans is another. But partnerships with the private sector, existing vaccination networks, and the potential for boosted domestic production could upgrade the pandemic outlook for a region that could use some bullish pandemic projections. Direct Relief’s Thomas Tighe and Dr. Marco Aurelio Sáfadi talk with us about the on-the-ground logistics of vaccine rollout in the region.
Pedro Castillo Gets the Keys to Peru’s Castle
Journalist Mitra Taj and legal expert Alonso Gurmendi discuss the bumpy road ahead for Peru’s president elect, who faces opposition in Congress and among Lima’s elite, but whose presidency could change the face of the country’s politics and redefine the left.
What Happened to Latin America's Anti-Corruption Push?
In recent years, Latin America’s political pendulum has swung from building strong institutions toward electing strong leaders. The shift weakened the region’s nascent anti-corruption movement, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t bright spots. AS/COA Vice President and Americas Quarterly Editor-in-Chief Brian Winter talks with Luisa Leme about the findings of the 2021 Capacity to Combat Corruption Index and explains why the pandemic only heightens the need to strengthen anti-graft mechanisms.
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A Complicated Copa América
The 2021 Copa America kicks off June 13 in an almost empty stadium in Brasília. The tournament was slated to take place in Argentina and Colombia, but a combination of Covid-19 and social unrest forced them to give it up. Still, with Brazil struggling to overcome the pandemic, politicians, players, and fans alike are asking: Is now the time to be hosting a major sporting event? Felipe Cárdenas, staff writer for The Athletic, talks with AS/COA Online’s Chase Harrison about the controversies surrounding the Copa.
Cuba’s New Constitution and 60 years of Revolution
Thank you to America Latina in Focus for that type of discussion. It’s excellent to listen that podcast and maybe more than one Cuban-American will analyze and think about how to find a properly way for economic-politic transition in Cuba.
After 60 years, it will be hard to believe that the regiment is going to implement some kind of changes as Soviet Union did in 1985 like ‘Perestroika and glasnost ‘ when Gorbachev was a president . But the new globalization mentality affects everything, even the regimen in Havana.
Thank you again for your podcast and I can not wait for the next one.
Latin America in Focus
Excellent job and very interested Ms Gonzalez you are great
Once again Congrats
Cuba’s new constitution
Very interesting interview. It made me think twice; what would I do if I disagree with what is being proposed that it’s a bit better than what exists. Good job