Politics, business and culture in Latin America, in a conversation hosted by Brian Winter, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly
Special Edition: The White House’s Juan Gonzalez
As a series of crises challenges Latin America’s democracies, health systems, economies and more, Washington appears more engaged in finding solutions than it has been in recent years. But what are the Biden administration’s priorities? And how is it engaging with countries like Brazil, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador? Juan Gonzalez, President Biden’s top aide on Latin America, joins the Americas Quarterly Podcast for a special episode.
Juan Gonzalez is senior director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council
Brian Winter is AQ’s editor-in-chief
"The Silent Partner," by Brian Winter
The Race to Lead the New Chile
Change is in the air in Chile, with presidential and congressional campaigns heating up just as a constitutional convention gets to work rethinking the country’s political system. What can we expect from the November general election? And do the candidates promise radical change – or gradual reform? Adolfo Ibáñez University's Isabel Aninat joins this week’s podcast from Santiago.
-Isabel Aninat is the dean of the law school at Adolfo Ibáñez University and director of the Chilean Society for Public Policy
-Brian Winter is AQ’s editor-in-chief
"Meet the Candidates: Chile"
"Today’s Young Leftists Care More About Chile than Cuba" by Oliver Stuenkel
Venezuela's Negotiations: What’s on the Table?
Negotiations between Venezuela's dictatorship and opposition leaders are set to begin in Mexico - the latest in a long series of such talks. Is this time different? What opportunities really exist for progress? Is the opposition in a position to seize them? Political scientist Maryhen Jiménez Morales joins the podcast to discuss what's really at stake.
- Maryhen Jiménez Morales is a postdoctoral research associate at the Latin American Center at the University of Oxford.
- Brian Winter is AQ’s editor-in-chief.
"Venezuela’s Negotiations Won’t Get Rid of Maduro. So What’s Next?" by Maryhen Jiménez Morales.
Mexico’s Puzzling Corruption Referendum
On Aug. 1, Mexico will hold its first national referendum, understood by many as a vote on whether to put past presidents on trial. Some have questioned the need for such a referendum and the messages it sends. But despite calling for the vote, the president “wants the referendum to fail,” says political analyst Denise Dresser, who spoke about the president’s motivations for the referendum and the problems – from COVID to crime – it may distract from.
- Denise Dresser is a political analyst, writer, activist and professor at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.
- Brian Winter is AQ’s editor-in-chief.
"Mexico’s Farcical Referendum," by Denise Dresser.
Pedro Castillo Prepares for Peru's Presidency
Over a month after Peru's presidential runoff election, Pedro Castillo is expected to be officially confirmed as the country's president-elect in the coming days, just in time to take office on July 28. In recent weeks, the former teacher and union leader has sent mixed signals about the kind of government he’ll lead, some of which have encouraged investors and critics. Law professor and journalist Andrés Calderón joins AQ’s Brendan O’Boyle to discuss what we’ve learned about Castillo and what he can expect to face early in his term.
- Andrés Calderón is chair of the academic law department at the Universidad del Pacifico and is a columnist at El Comercio.
- Brendan O’Boyle is Americas Quarterly’s senior editor.
"What to Expect from Pedro Castillo" by Andrea Moncada.
"The “Shadowy Figure” Behind Peru’s Likely Next President" by Brendan O'Boyle.
Jair Bolsonaro Under Pressure
A congressional inquiry, a slow vaccine rollout and renewed threat of impeachment have put Jair Bolsonaro under intense pressure. But Brazil’s president could still rebound thanks to support in Congress and a potential economic recovery, says Patrícia Campos Mello. The acclaimed journalist says Bolsonaro’s fate will hinge on complicated set of factors, including the performance of his likely 2022 election opponent, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
- Patrícia Campos Mello is an award-winning reporter and columnist at leading Brazilian newspaper Folha de S. Paulo.
- Brian Winter is the editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly.
"Bolsonaro’s Turmoil Could Be the Amazon’s Gain," by Oliver Stuenkel.
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!
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.
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.