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Politics, business and culture in Latin America, in a conversation hosted by Brian Winter, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly

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Politics, business and culture in Latin America, in a conversation hosted by Brian Winter, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly

    El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele: Strong and Getting Stronger

    El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele: Strong and Getting Stronger

    In the year since President Nayib Bukele marched soldiers into El Salvador’s legislative assembly, his critics say the leader’s threat to democracy has only grown. Now, as legislative elections on Feb. 28 promise Bukele a long-awaited majority, there are fears about what that could mean for checks and balances. In the latest episode of the AQ Podcast, guest host Brendan O’Boyle speaks to lawyer and researcher Claudia Umaña about the election’s stakes, Bukele’s resilient support, and the implications of a new administration in Washington.

    Guests:
    -Claudia Umaña is vice president of the Salvadoran Foundation for Economic and Social Development (FUSADES)

    -Brendan O’Boyle is senior editor of Americas Quarterly

    Supplemental Reading:
    "Surprise: El Salvador’s Anti-Corruption Commission Is Alive. But Can It Succeed?" by Noah Bullock and Chuck Call
    (https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/surprise-el-salvadors-anti-corruption-commission-is-alive-but-can-it-succeed/)
    "Behind Nayib Bukele’s 'Shocking' Turn" by Brendan O'Boyle
    (https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/behind-nayib-bukeles-shocking-turn/)
    "Q&A: Why El Salvador’s Crisis Is Different – and Worrying" by Brian Winter
    (https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/qa-why-el-salvadors-crisis-is-different-and-worrying/)

    • 22 min
    A Tale of Two Colombias

    A Tale of Two Colombias

    Colombia reported some good news in 2020: The country’s homicide rate was its lowest in nearly five decades. But continued violence in rural communities – and a pandemic that is emboldening organized crime – has darkened the mood for many. Veteran foreign correspondent John Otis joins the podcast from Bogotá to break down what’s happening in the countryside and the implications for President Duque – and the coming contest to name his successor.

    Guests:
    - John Otis reports from Bogotá for NPR and The Wall Street Journal and is a consultant for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

    - Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly.

    Supplemental Reading:
    "School’s Out in Most of Latin America. Gangs Are Thrilled." by John Otis
    (https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/schools-out-in-latin-america-gangs-are-thrilled/)
    "The Urgent Need to Reform Colombia’s Security Policies" by Juan Pappier
    (https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/the-urgent-need-to-reform-colombias-security-policies/)

    • 29 min
    What to Know About Ecuador's Election

    What to Know About Ecuador's Election

    There are 16 candidates in Ecuador’s presidential election scheduled for Feb. 7, but polls suggest voters aren’t too excited about any of them. Whoever they settle on will have to work overtime to manage a country battered by a pandemic and a fiscal crisis. Political analyst Sebastián Hurtado joins the podcast to assess the country’s outlook and the leading presidential candidates, including a protégé of Former President Rafael Correa, the “incumbent” candidate who’s never been president, and the “outsider” who could surprise everyone.

    Guests:
    - Sebastián Hurtado is the co-founder and CEO of Prófitas, a political risk consultancy based in Quito.

    - Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly.

    Supplemental Reading:
    "Meet the Candidates: Ecuador"
    (https://americasquarterly.org/article/meet-the-candidates-ecuador/)
    "Who Is Andrés Arauz, Rafael Correa’s Pick to Lead Ecuador?" by Brendan O'Boyle
    (https://americasquarterly.org/article/andres-arauz-correa-proxy-or-new-leadership-for-ecuador/)

    • 24 min
    Latin America and Joe Biden in 2021

    Latin America and Joe Biden in 2021

    After a year like 2020, no one can confidently predict what the next 12 months will bring Latin America. What's clear, however, is that 2021 may be as transformative for the region as 2020 - for better or worse. The Council on Foreign Relation's Shannon O'Neil joins AQ's Brian Winter to preview the developments to watch in the new year, including the challenges of vaccine distribution, the questions looming over this year's critical elections, and the potential for collaboration with a new administration in Washington.

    Guests:
    -Shannon O’Neil is vice president and senior fellow for Latin America at the Council on Foreign Relations.

    -Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly.

    Supplemental Reading:
    "A Less Apocalyptic Case for Latin America," by Brian Winter
    (https://americasquarterly.org/article/a-less-apocalyptic-case-for-latin-america/)

    • 35 min
    Bolivia: Surprising Reasons for Optimism

    Bolivia: Surprising Reasons for Optimism

    When Luis Arce swore in as Bolivia's president a month ago, he confronted a dizzying host of challenges: a public health emergency, a polarized electorate, and an economy crippled by the pandemic. But Arce's first weeks in office have left many cautiously optimistic, including journalist Raúl Peñaranda, who sees the emergence of a "minimalistic" government that's less vengeful than he expected. On this week's podcast, Peñaranda discusses Arce's first month, the return of Evo Morales, the encouraging judicial reforms on the horizon, and the challenges of vaccine distribution and getting kids back in school.

    Guests:
    -Raúl Peñaranda is a Bolivian journalist and director of the news portal Brújula Digital.

    -Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly.

    Supplemental Reading:
    "Will Luis Arce Rebuild Bolivia’s Broken Judiciary?"
    (https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/will-luis-arce-rebuild-bolivias-broken-judiciary/)

    • 22 min
    The Mexico-US Relationship After Cienfuegos

    The Mexico-US Relationship After Cienfuegos

    The arrest – and return – of General Salvador Cienfuegos by U.S. authorities were both surprising developments in what has already turned out to be an unpredictable U.S.-Mexico relationship under Presidents Donald Trump and Andrés Manuel López Obrador. But a “reevaluation of the Mexican approach” is likely in store when the Joe Biden administration takes over, says the Wilson Center’s Duncan Wood.

    Guests:
    -Duncan Wood is director of the Mexico Institute at the Wilson Center.

    -Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly.

    Supplemental Reading:
    "Latin America’s Militaries Are Back. What Does it Mean?"
    (https://www.americasquarterly.org/fulltextarticle/new-aq-latin-americas-militaries-are-back-what-does-it-mean/)

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

ZellijeRC ,

Excellent interviews

The questions asked by the interviewer spur informative, interesting and in-depth conversations. The discussions move at a good pace with complex information explained well. I always leave each episode feeling like I have learned something new. Bravo AQ podcast team!

POC persoective ,

Blind Eyed Analysis

Your discussion is limited in scope. The case of Lozoya is interwound with a far greater depth of corruption than is presented in your analysis. Important names, figures and institutions are omitted. Instead, the focus of the conversation is placed on AMLO. Objectivity is lost.

elderlobinho ,

Excellent companion to Americas Quarterly

I've admired Brian Winter's written work for quite some time--especially given the current crisis in Brazil, it is the perfect time to complement that with a more longform podcast. I also appreciate that the episodes are not too long (typically around half an hour at the longest), which makes listening to them more manageable in my schedule.

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