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Rising Debt and Falling Angels

Latin American governments loosened the purse strings in response to the pandemic, adding to the region’s already hefty debt burdens. Few questioned the need for fiscal stimulus, but as the pandemic drags on, the region is seeing repeated credit rating downgrades and increased borrowing costs. Leaders who have tried to rein in spending or raise revenue have been with public anger.

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Lessons Learned: Remote Schooling in Argentina

The pandemic has exacerbated preexisting inequalities in Argentina’s education system. Economically disadvantaged students are unable to participate in remote classes, leaving them to lose ground or drop out.

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Repression in Nicaragua: Ortega Attacks Opposition in Run-up to Election

Nicaraguan journalist Carlos Fernando Chamorro, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Human Rights Watch/Americas Director José Miguel Vivanco, former President of Costa Rica Laura Chinchilla, and US Acting Assistant Secretary of State Julie Chung describe Nicaragua's escalating repression and the stakes for the international community.

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Nicaragua – Consolidating Dictatorship

Nicaragua’s President Daniel Ortega has alarmed the global community as he has moved to imprison potential rivals in advance of the lead up to the country’s November presidential election. Ortega has all but ensured his own victory by arresting five opposition pre-candidates, as well as civil society and private sector leaders, and even dissident members of his own Sandinista Party.

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Gender-based violence meets Latin American activism

Latin America is home to 14 of the 25 countries with the highest rates of femicides, but meaningful policy against gender-based violence in the region has been slow and insufficient. Argentina saw the rise of the #NiUnaMenos​ movement to raise awareness about femicides and seek justice. Argentina also saw the pro-choice abortion movement known as Pañuelos Verdes that advocates for safe, legal and accessible abortion rights. In addition, “Un violador en tu camino” performance started in Chile to protest against #GBV​. All three movements took the streets and social media to raise awareness and export common goals for women around the globe.

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Perspectives from Palacio Bosch (Part 1)

In part one of this special conversation, former U.S. Ambassador to Argentina Noah Mamet hosts his successor, Edward Prado, who served as ambassador in Buenos Aires until this past January, to discuss their experiences representing very different U.S. presidents and interacting with very different Argentine governments.

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Plague in the Palace: Political Elites Catch COVID-19

As Latin America’s governments have struggled to control COVID-19, political elites have fallen ill throughout the region: six presidents, at least 63 ministers and scores of lawmakers have tested positive for the coronavirus, a toll that has doubtlessly disrupted pandemic response. This latest video from the Latin American Program explores the impact of the virus on political leadership and the region’s public health response.

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#ChooseToChallange: A Conversation with PepsiCo Latin America CEO Paula Santilli

The Wilson Center’s Cindy Arnson and Anya Prusa speak with Paula Santilli, Chief Executive Officer of PepsiCo Latin America, about women’s economic empowerment and pathways for corporate leadership to ensure equitable economic growth in the Western Hemisphere.

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Sun-Soaked North

Latin America’s largest solar plant is now online in Argentina. Backed by the Export-Import Bank of China, the sprawling Jujuy complex is a showpiece of China’s $100 billion energy investments in the region. Blessed with ample sun and wind, and the falling costs of renewable energy technologies, Argentina has the potential to reduce rapidly its dependence on fossil fuels.

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Weekly Asado: A Changing Hemisphere

In 2020, the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program newsletter covered a changing hemisphere. Subscribe to our free newsletter, the Weekly Asado, for more insights in the year to come. Contact us about opportunities to sponsor the newsletter. Your support makes the Weekly Asado possible.

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Que Sea Ley: Argentina’s Historic Vote to Legalize Abortion

In this episode of the Latin American Program’s “Two the Point,” host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Daniel Politi, a contributor to The New York Times based in Buenos Aires, to discuss Argentina’s historic vote in December legalizing abortion, how pro-choice campaigners pulled it off just two years after lawmakers rejected similar legislation and whether activists can replicate their success elsewhere in the region.

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Populists in the Kitchen: A Conversation with Andrés Velasco

Lucio Castro, a Wilson Center Global Fellow, hosts Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a former Finance Minister in Chile, to discuss education, inequality, and populism in post-pandemic Latin America.

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Maradona

From the outskirts of Buenos Aires, soccer great Diego Maradona rose to represent Argentina on the world stage. His life, however—full of complexity, contradiction, and triumph—transcended sport. The Argentina Project commemorates how Maradona’s legacy intersected with national identity, from the pitch to politics.

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THE ROLE OF SOCIAL POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA’S POST-PANDEMIC ECONOMIC RECOVERY

The Role of Social Policy in Latin America’s Post-Pandemic Economic Recovery

Lucio Castro, a Wilson Center global fellow, hosts Nora Lustig, professor of Latin American economics and founding director of Tulane University’s Commitment to Equity Institute, to discuss the role of social policy in Latin America’s post-pandemic economic recovery and in mitigating increasing poverty.

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A Perfect Storm Hits Central America

With Hurricanes Eta and Iota smashing into Central America only two weeks apart, countries in the region are dealing with widespread devastation. Flooding, mudslides, and scores of fatalities, compounded by a surge in the COVID-19 pandemic, leave the hardest-hit Central American countries facing a large-scale humanitarian disaster, compounded by infrastructure damage that battered economies can scarcely afford. The devastation from these hurricanes highlights the need to combat inequalities created by climate change in Latin America.

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Peru’s Economic Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

Lucio Castro, a Wilson Center global fellow, hosts Piero Ghezzi, an economist and former production minister of Peru, to discuss Latin America’s post-pandemic growth challenges and the chronic struggle in Peru to address labor informality.

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Soy Hoarding in Argentina

In Argentina, soy is a top cash crop and brings the country much-needed foreign currency revenue. Yet due to Argentina's heterodox economic policies, the grain often sits stuck in silos instead of sold abroad. In this video about soy hoarding, we explore the central, and at times controversial, role of soy in the Argentine economy.

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Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing in Latin America

Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is an issue of global concern but carries especially high environmental and economic costs in Latin America, where all but two countries have a coast. In this video, we explore issues of IUU fishing from Ecuador to Argentina, as well as regional and international frameworks to confront unsustainable fishing practices.

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Commemorating Quino

On September 30, 2020, Quino, an Argentine cartoonist and creator of the beloved comic “Mafalda,” passed away. The adored, avant-garde comic ran from 1964 to 1973, focusing on the daily life of Mafalda, an optimistic young girl from Buenos Aires who favored philosophical questions and precocious commentary. This video commemorates Quino’s legacy and the lasting impact of “Mafalda” in Argentina and around the world.

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En Memoria de Quino

El 30 de septiembre de 2020, Quino, el humorista argentino y creador de la querida tira cómica “Mafalda,” falleció. La tira cómica vanguardista y adorada se desarrolló entre 1964 y 1973 y se centraba en la vida cotidiana de Mafalda, una niña optimista de Buenos Aires quien planteaba preguntas filosóficas y comentarios precoces. Este video conmemora el legado de Quino y el impacto duradero de “Mafalda” en Argentina y en todo el mundo.

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Food Security in Latin America during the COVID-19 Crisis

Though agricultural production across Latin America helps feed the world, the COVID-19 pandemic has raised concerns about food security for many across the region. The World Food Program projects that 3 million additional Latin Americans will miss a meal this year, for a total of 13.7 million people. In this video, we explore food insecurity, and related economic challenges Latin Americans are facing.

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Latin America's Lithium Triangle and the Future of the Green Economy

Latin America's Lithium Triangle and the Future of the Green Economy

Lithium is a key metal for rechargeable batteries used in consumer electronics, electric vehicles and energy storage. A green energy transition will require secure supplies of lithium, of which 60% is located in South America’s Lithium Triangle. In this video, we explore the challenges and opportunities that confront the region in extracting and developing of this metal, as well as how the sector is adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Argentina's Security Minister Sabina Frederic (Part 1)

The Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Sabina Frederic, Argentina's security minister, about the new government's security strategies and its approach to drug policy.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Argentina's Security Minister Sabina Frederic (Part 2)

The Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Sabina Frederic, Argentina's security minister, about the role of the armed forces in domestic security, and whether rising unemployment and poverty could increase crime, especially after the coronavirus quarantine ends.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Argentina's Health Minister Ginés González García

Benjamin Gedan Interviews Argentina's Health Minister Ginés González García

The Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Ginés González García, the health minister of Argentina, about the country’s COVID-19 response, potential post-pandemic health reforms and the challenges of its shared border with Brazil.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Argentina’s Minister of Productive Development Matías Kulfas (Part 1)

The Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Matías Kulfas, the minister of productive development of Argentina, about the new government’s plan to boost economic growth and the implications of the nationalization of soybean processor Vicentin.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Argentina’s Minister of Productive Development Matías Kulfas (Part 2)

The Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Matías Kulfas, the minister of productive development of Argentina, about the outlook for Argentina’s energy sector, the future of Mercosur and the challenges faced by Argentina’s low-cost carriers.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Argentina's Foreign Minister Felipe Solá (Part 1)

The Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Felipe Solá, the foreign minister of Argentina, about U.S.-Argentina relations, the future of Mercosur and Argentina’s approach to international trade.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Argentina's Foreign Minister Felipe Solá (Part 2)

The Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Felipe Solá, the foreign minister of Argentina, about Argentina's relationship with Brazil, and the diplomatic challenge of deepening ties to China while maintaining a strong relationship with the United States.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Uruguay's Foreign Minister Ernesto Talvi (Part 1)

Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Ernesto Talvi, foreign minister of Uruguay and former presidential candidate, about Uruguay's success containing COVID-19, and Uruguay's "Todos en Casa" operation to repatriate Uruguayans stranded abroad by the virus's outbreak.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Uruguay's Foreign Minister Ernesto Talvi (Part 2)

Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Ernesto Talvi, foreign minister of Uruguay and former presidential candidate, about Uruguay's approach to the Venezuela crisis, its relationship with Argentina and the future of Mercosur.

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Benjamin Gedan Interviews Alejandro Catterberg

Latin American Program’s Benjamin Gedan speaks with Alejandro Catterberg, a founder of Poliarquía, Argentina’s leading polling firm, to discuss President Alberto Fernández's surging popularity during the pandemic.

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