Workers board up a storefront in Kingston.

After years of economic stagnation, Jamaica’s economy has recently experienced rapid and potentially sustainable growth, thanks to effective policymaking. But the economic recovery came at the expense of preparedness for the effects of climate change, which poses significant dangers to Jamaica’s core sectors of agriculture and tourism.

Leaders of the BRICS group.

The BRICS group has long sought to challenge Western domination of technologies and infrastructures. Now, cooperation on artificial intelligence is increasingly on its radar. Provided the group aligns its members’ approaches to AI through its new initiatives, its role in international AI governance is poised to expand.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Throughout his five years in office, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has dramatically altered the country’s landscape, using his popularity to craft and maintain a narrative that often contradicts reality. Now, with his term coming to an end, the question is whether Mexico’s “post-truth politics” will end with it.

Colombian President Gustavo Petro.

Last week, Colombian President Gustavo Petro threatened to call for a constitutional convention, reopened peace talks with a notorious criminal group and canceled a cease-fire with a dissident FARC faction. Announcements like these would normally create months’ worth of media coverage. Under Petro, they have become almost uneventful.

Special forces military police during a police operation in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The suspension of a Brazilian judge last month as part of an investigation into his links with an organized crime group did not make headlines. But it is a worrying sign of the ever-growing influence of the country’s main drug-trafficking organizations, which have steadily accumulated wealth and power in recent years.

Former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Last week, Brazil’s Supreme Court published documents showing that the country came close to a coup in late 2022. Transfers of power are supposed to be routine formalities in democracies. Yet, from Brazil to Guatemala to the U.S., the hemisphere has seen incumbent presidents attempt to undermine democracy after losing elections.

U.S. President Joe Biden.

As the U.S. enters an election year, concerns in Europe are growing over Washington’s ability to project power in Europe and the Middle East. Yet this focus often draws attention away from how much the foundations of U.S. global power are anchored in its ability to exert effortless dominance over the Western Hemisphere.

U.S. President Joe Biden.

Although President Joe Biden’s approach to Latin America has notched a few victories, pretty much nobody is happy with it. A few big challenges have dominated the agenda for the past few years, without any progress to show for it. They are fueling perceptions of a broader failure that will possibly worsen in the coming months.

A protester confronts riot police in Mayotte.

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to establish France and Europe as the world’s “third pole of stability” by building bridges with Global South countries. But his credibility is undermined by his consistently demonstrated inability to attend to France’s own Global South—its overseas departments, regions and collectivities.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador speaks during his daily press conference.

With less than a year left in his term, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, or AMLO, has struggled to make good on his campaign promises to deliver radical transformation. Meanwhile, after spending the first two years in office playing catchup to Donald Trump’s quixotic threats linking trade and immigration, AMLO appears to have put U.S. relations back on solid footing, without entirely resolving some of the tensions in the relationship.

A banner showing Mexican presidential candidate Claudia Sheinbaum and President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

As the strong favorite to win Mexico’s presidential election, Claudia Sheinbaum owes much of her support to the popularity of her mentor, populist President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. But the echoes of AMLO in Sheinbaum’s campaign conceal significant differences that will shape the path forward for Mexico under its next president.

chile's boric shakes hand with fellow pink tide winner gustavo petro of colombia

It may not be a return of the “Pink Tide,” but the region’s left has been showing signs of a revival. Perhaps more than questions of right and left, though, what most characterizes South America today is a sense of instability and democratic fragility. What’s next for the continent?

Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa.

A standoff between Ecuador and Russia over a proposed arms transfer to Ukraine last month foreshadows how global competition among great powers may play out in Latin America moving forward. If the region doesn’t learn from the episode, it will find itself vulnerable to much larger forms of economic coercion over the coming decade.

RT’s studio, in Moscow, Russia.

Though often seen as a region with marginal geopolitical leverage, Latin America is increasingly being targeted by Moscow’s influence campaigns. Those efforts are finding receptive audiences, due to a variety of factors. And countering Russian propaganda will not be easy, as doing so effectively requires a nuanced approach.