Americas Quarterly (Spring 2023) – Love him or not, the return of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is a watershed moment not just for Brazil, but Latin America as a whole. The 77-year-old is “the region’s only diplomatic heavy hitter and the most globally visible Latin American leader of his generation,” writes Oliver Stuenkel in this issue’s cover story.

Under Lula, Brazil Can Take On Regional Leadership. Will It?

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva during a visit to Portugal in April.

A diplomatic heavy hitter is back at the helm of Latin America’s largest country—but the path to an influential international role is full of obstacles.

Gustavo Petro Can’t Ignore Human Rights in Venezuela

Gustavo Petro, Colombia's president, left, and Nicolas Maduro, Venezuela's president, meet at the Tienditas International Bridge in Cucuta, Colombia, on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2023. During the meeting near the border, the heads of state signed a memorandum of understanding focused on modernizing trade rules between Colombia and Venezuela. Photographer: Ferley Ospina/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Presidents Gustavo Petro and Nicolás Maduro at the Tienditas International Bridge in Cúcuta, Colombia, on February 16.

At his summit on Venezuela, Colombia’s president must demand respect for democracy and the environment, writes a former Venezuelan mayor.

Thinking Abroad: Latin America’s Foreign Policies

AQ tracks priorities in external relations, including positions on Venezuela and China, in eight countries.

Amid growing tensions between the world’s largest superpowers, much of Latin America has taken an independent approach to foreign relations. Countries are increasingly following a path that Chilean scholars Carlos Fortin, Jorge Heine and Carlos Ominami titled the “active non-alignment option.” Regional integration is a top concern for some leaders, while others are seeking engagement far beyond the Western Hemisphere. Meanwhile, policy choices have to contend with domestic infrastructure challenges and a global concern with the impacts of climate change.


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