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Latin America in Focus

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.


Last Episode Date: 16 May 2024

Total Episodes: 197

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16 May 2024
How Latin America Fits into the Biden-Trump Battle

Buckle up: U.S. politics are headed for a bumpy ride. And the issue of migration, particularly at the U.S. Southern border, will significantly influence this year’s elections. In this episode, AS/COA Vice President Eric Farnsworth moderates a conversation between two top p...

36 min
25 April 2024
How the Dominican Republic Breaks Latin America’s Election Mold

The Dominican Republic’s Luis Abinader is one of the most popular leaders in Latin America, if not the world, so it may come as little surprise that Abinader appears to be on comfortable footing to win in the first round of the country’s presidential vote on May 19. But ...

23 min
11 April 2024
Is Latin America Ready for Another Pandemic?

An old adversary of Latin America is back: Dengue. The current outbreak of the mosquito-transmitted disease is the worst in years. Across the region, from Argentina to Brazil to Puerto Rico, images of hospitals filled with patients are coming into view. Four years after the ...

27 min
What's on the Economic Agenda for Panama's Next President?
27 March 2024
What's on the Economic Agenda for Panama's Next President?

Panama is facing a moment of uncertainty amid an electoral race with eight candidates, droughts affecting the Panama Canal, and fallout over massive 2023 mining protests. But Felipe Chapman, chairman and managing partner of economic and financial advisory firm INDESA, remain...

32 min
13 March 2024
Brian A. Nichols on the Biden Administration's Latin America Policy

Just hours before Joe Biden’s State of the Union address, the State Department’s Assistant Secretary for the Western Hemisphere Brian A. Nichols joined AS/COA in an event covering the state of U.S. policy in the Americas. In a conversation with AS/COA Vice President Eric...

33 min
22 February 2024
As Mexico’s Election Fires Up, a Look at Youth and Democracy

In Mexico’s 2024 vote, more than a quarter of eligible voters are under 30 and nearly half are under 40. That means younger voters have an opportunity to play a major role in an election not only for president, but one that will see more than 20,000 seats up for grabs. But...

28 min
8 February 2024
How Courts Can Make or Break Latin America's Corruption Battle

When it comes to corruption perceptions, Latin America is stagnating. And what’s one major obstacle to improvement? Judiciary independence, explains Transparency International’s Luciana Torchiaro. In this episode, she dives deep into how the region fared in her organizat...

22 min
Online Reach and Expat Votes in El Salvador’s Election
25 January 2024
Online Reach and Expat Votes in El Salvador’s Election

2024 will be a big year for Latin American elections, and the first one takes place in El Salvador. Popular President Nayib Bukele is likely to win a race that showcases his regional—and global—influence. Digital Democracy Institute of the Americas’ Roberta Braga expla...

39 min
14 December 2023
Ten Years in, What's the Future of Mexico's Morena Party?

2024 doesn’t just mark Mexico’s biggest elections ever, but the tenth anniversary since Morena, the party of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, became an official party. And it now faces a test: will it build on its expanding control or find itself reined in by Mex...

36 min
30 November 2023
Beyond the Boom: Latin American Writing in Translation

Earlier this year, Latin American literature lost a champion when Edith Grossman, one of the foremost Spanish language translators, passed away. Grossman not only translated some of the region's master writers, but she advocated for her profession and for the value of readin...

40 min
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