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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.

Latin America in Focus AS/COA Online

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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.

    COP26's Gauntlet for Brazil and Latin America

    COP26's Gauntlet for Brazil and Latin America

    At November’s COP26 climate conference, countries met to generate stronger action on climate change. In attendance was Institute Talanoa’s Natalie Unterstell, a former Brazilian negotiator at climate summits. Unterstell talks to AS/COA Online’s Luisa Leme about what happened at COP26, what it means for Latin America, and what more Brazil—the region’s biggest contributor to climate change—can do.

    • 33 min
    Democratic Tests in Honduras and Nicaragua

    Democratic Tests in Honduras and Nicaragua

    November brings with it two tricky electoral tests in Central America—Nicaragua on November 7 and Honduras on November 28. Both will be major tests for the countries democratic systems and for the ability of citizens to make their voices heard. In conversations with AS/COA Online, International Crisis Group’s Tiziano Breda explains the electoral scenario for both elections while El Milenio’s Juan Pablo Sabillón explains his organization’s efforts to battle young voters’ discontent with democracy.

    • 38 min
    Rewriting Mexico’s Security and Energy Agendas

    Rewriting Mexico’s Security and Energy Agendas

    October 2021 opened with big shifts in areas high on Mexico’s agenda: security and energy. Both issues are, arguably, the most crucial to the country’s future course. In conversations with AS/COA’s Carin Zissis, UC San Diego’s Cecilia Farfán-Méndez covers what’s new—and not so new—in an updated U.S.-Mexico security accord while Montserrat Ramiro, former commissioner of Mexico’s energy regulatory agency, gets into why a new electricity reform is sparking discord.

    • 40 min
    What to Expect When Expecting the Brazilian Elections

    What to Expect When Expecting the Brazilian Elections

    We're one year out from Brazil's October 2022 presidential vote, but there are a lot of clues about the shape of the race already. IDEIA Big Data’s Mauricio Moura tells AS/COA Online's Luisa Leme how Jair Bolsonaro’s approval ratings, the pandemic, technology, and Brazilians' lack of interest in politics could make—or break—the incumbent’s reelection plans.

    • 38 min
    El Salvador's Bitcoin Gamble

    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.

    • 28 min
    The Midway Point for Mexico's AMLO

    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.

    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Beatriz Elsa ,

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.

Bloxk ,

Slow and torpid

It’s a shame this show falls short because there are plenty of interesting issues and events in Latin America today. The hosts seem incapable of interviewing people effectively, this results in interviewees going on and on. This rambling becomes obnoxious and makes you think “please get to the point”. Lastly, the female host is far too dull and the male host sounds like a 18-25 year old who has yet to find adulthood or maturity. The millennial voice fray is just too much and makes it impossible to take him seriously. When you sound like a child, your intellectual abilities will always come into question. If you’re wondering what I’m talking about refer to the Nov 1st episode with host Chase Harrison.

PV3^ ,

Latin America in Focus

Excellent job and very interested Ms Gonzalez you are great
Once again Congrats

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