The AQ Podcast is a conversation on politics and economics in Latin America hosted by Brian Winter, editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly
Brazil’s Big Year on the Global Stage
Since he took office in January 2023 Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has been extremely active on the global stage, traveling frequently and offering himself as a mediator on big issues like the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, as well as the territorial dispute between Venezuela and Guyana. At times he has stirred controversy, as was the case with recent remarks on the war in Gaza. On today’s podcast, an analysis of Brazil’s foreign policy as the country prepares to host the G20 summit later this year. What are the country's goals, to what extent has it achieved them and what can we expect moving forward? Our guest is Fernanda Magnotta, a Senior Fellow at the Brazilian Center for International Relations and a professor and coordinator of the International Relations Program at Fundação Armando Alvares Penteado in São Paulo.
Today’s LGBTQ+ Politics in Latin America
LGBTQ+ rights have been a political battleground between social conservatives and progressives throughout Latin America. While some countries set the standards for greater freedoms at the beginning of the century, a backlash has recently been gaining ground in some portions of the Western Hemisphere. No doubt, the situation is complex. Today, in our podcast, we will give an overview of LGBTQ+ issues in the region, how they intersect with politics, and where they’re headed in years to come.
Argentina: Javier Milei Runs into Resistance
Javier Milei came into office in Argentina promising radical changes. Once there, Milei moved quickly and aggressively – through decrees and an “omnibus” bill sent to Congress he pushed changes to more than 300 laws. While the decrees are still valid, the omnibus bill failed to get approved. On today’s podcast we’ll try to take stock of where Argentina stands now. What is the future of Milei's proposed reforms? What is the status of his political support after a little more than 2 months in office? How is the opposition organizing? And where have these past couple of months left the Argentine economy? Our guest is political risk analyst Juan Cruz Díaz.
What Trump Would Mean for Latin America Policy
Donald Trump is the presumptive Republican nominee, and polls show him with a chance of winning the election in November. With that in mind, in this episode we try to gauge what Trump 2.0 would entail for U.S. policy toward Latin America. Our guest is the former U.S. ambassador to the OAS (Organization of American States) under Trump, Carlos Trujillo. Trujillo continues to speak to the former president and is seen in Washington as an insightful voice on what might happen in Latin America should Trump be elected to another term.
Ecuador’s Crossroads: Can Noboa Succeed?
Ecuador has become a critical front in the battle against criminal groups in Latin America. The country's 36-year-old president, Daniel Noboa, has tried to exert authority by arresting thousands of people, pushing for a 'war tax' and calling for a referendum on security matters. Can he succeed? And how is the political landscape likely to evolve in the coming months? Our guest today is Maria Teresa Escobar, a journalist based in Quito. Currently a freelancer, she is one of the founders of the Ecuadorean news website Primicias.
Guyana, Oil and the Resource Curse
Eight years ago, a consortium led by ExxonMobil discovered offshore oil in Guyana now believed to total at least 11 billion barrels. As a result, Guyana now has more oil reserves per capita than any other country in the world — almost three times as much as Saudi Arabia. This colossal find has led to difficult questions about whether the country can avoid the so-called resource curse – and the effects on climate change. On today’s podcast, an overview of Guyana's economy and how it is handling the challenges of abundance. Our guest is Jay Mandle, professor emeritus of economics at Colgate University and a member of the University of Guyana Green Institute Advisory Board.
An excellent way to keep abreast of the politics, economics and geopolitics of Latin America, created by someone who knows the region through and through. This week’s podcast on Lula 3.0, with Natuza Nery, was spot on!
Excellent discussions about Latin & South America
Actual journalism is hard to find nowadays. This English language podcast is the best at delivering straight forward coverage of geopolitics in Latin America & South America. The discussions are always thought provoking & well thought out.
Must listen for latam enthusiasts
I appreciate this podcast. It brings high level analysis to the various happening from Mexico to Argentina and everything in between