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A New Year for Brazil and Mexico: How Bolsonaro and AMLO Will Govern, In the New Issue of the Americas Quarterly

Americas Quarterly

January 28, 2019

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New York, January 28, 2019 — At the start of 2018, Americas Quarterly—the leading publication on politics, business, and culture in the hemisphere—called attention to two anti-establishment, nationalist candidates who would become the presidents of the largest economies in Latin America: Jair Bolsonaro and Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

For its first issue of 2019, Americas Quarterly looks closely at how the recently sworn-in leaders of Brazil and Mexico will govern. AQ’s Editor-in-Chief Brian Winter travels to rural Virginia to profile Olavo de Carvalho, Bolsonaro’s favorite intellectual and the man with perhaps the most influence in Brazil’s new government. In an interview with Benjamin Russell, Mexican historian Lorenzo Meyer reflects on the defining moments of López Obrador’s career and offers clues on how he will govern. Manuela Andreoni reports on the wave of black, female politicians who won elected office in Brazil in the wake of the murder of Rio de Janeiro Councilwoman Marielle Franco. Brendan O’Boyle and Benjamin Russell explore Bolsonaro and AMLO’s inner circles—and their opposition. They also examine each leader’s main policy priorities and look at what the books each read tell us about how he will lead. Finally, Ximena Enríquez breaks down both presidents’ support in their respective congresses, and Roberto Simon reviews the latest book from two leaders of Brazilian diplomacy.

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Americas Quarterly’s complete first issue of 2019 will be available online in full January 31 at

Americas Quarterly is an award-winning publication dedicated to politics, business, and culture in the Americas. Borrowing elements from The Economist, Foreign Affairs, and National Geographic—but with a focus on Latin America—AQ is dedicated to covering the region in all its diversity and promise. AQ's elite, agenda-setting readership includes CEOs, senior government officials, and thought leaders, as well as a general-interest audience passionate about the Americas. Launched in 2007 and based in New York City, AQ is an independent publication of Americas Society/Council of the Americas, which for more than 50 years have been dedicated to dialogue in our hemisphere.