The Peril of a Rudderless Continent

By Oliver Stuenkel

Riven by ideological difference and lacking regional leadership, Latin America faces a slow post-COVID recovery.

SÃO PAULO – Argentina’s President Alberto Fernández had reason to be upbeat last week: After Luis Arce’s election victory in Bolivia on Oct 18, the peronista will no longer be the only center-left leader in South America Fernández used the opportunity to call for the revival of UNASUR, a nearly defunct regional organization that once comprised 12 South American nations Yet his largely symbolic proposal merely underlined the sorry state of cooperation in the region After the promising development of regional rules and norms starting with the end of the Cold War, Latin America has...

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