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The 2016 U.S. election results upended the global order. From restrictive immigration policies to withdrawing from the Trans-Pacific Partnership to the precedent set by deserting the Paris climate agreement, the Trump administration has redrawn relations within the Americas.

The 2020 elections could bring another dramatic turn.

With that in mind, AS/COA Online is tracking how Latin America fits in to the race for the presidency. We’ll be examining where the contenders stand on issues affecting the region, the role of the Latino vote, how events in the Americas could shape the race, and more.

We invite you to bookmark as-coa.org/us2020 and revisit for new updates.

Mexico flag in Tijuana

U.S. 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump on Mexico Relations

October 23, 2020

Trump’s warm relationship with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador endures, but a Biden victory would mean a new bilateral bond.

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U.S. 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump on U.S. Policy toward Latin America

October 22, 2020

As the candidates seek to woo Latino voters at home, they offer different approaches abroad. AS/COA Online explores their stances on countries from Cuba to Brazil.

Trump with USMCA flags

How to Lose Democracy in the Americas

October 12, 2020

"Promoting democracy successfully in the hemisphere...means we first acknowledge this powerful sentiment applies even more consequentially to us," writes AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth in Univision.

Why a Trump Defeat Would Be a Disaster for Bolsonaro

September 21, 2020

A Biden victory would rob the Brazilian president of key political advantages that go far beyond an amicable relationship with President Trump.

Chart: How Latinos See Voting amid the Pandemic

September 16, 2020

As the U.S. general election nears, Latino voters in six U.S. battleground states have mixed feelings when it comes to mail-in voting.

Juan Guaidó in Miami. (AP)

U.S. 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump on Venezuela

September 02, 2020

The problem of Nicolás Maduro is one that doesn’t fall neatly along party lines.

Kamala Harris Latin America policy

Where Kamala Harris Stands on Latin America Policy

August 19, 2020

Democratic nominee Joe Biden played a leading role in regional policy during his time as vice president and it’s possible, if the ticket wins, that Harris will do the same.

Joe Biden and the Future of the Americas

July 28, 2020

US policy towards Latin America should prioritize cooperation, rule of law and climate change, among other considerations, writes a former Biden advisor.

Fire in southern Amazonas, Brazil. (AP)

U.S. 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump on Climate Change

July 23, 2020

Their responses to 2019 Amazon wildfires is one example of the markedly different paths each candidate has staked out on environmental policy.

Central American migrants. (AP)

U.S. 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump on Immigration

July 17, 2020

The two candidates disagree on nearly every aspect of immigration policy.

LatAm in Focus: The Myth of the Monolithic Latino Vote

May 07, 2020

In this episode, we dig into the data on this U.S. voting bloc with Mark Hugo Lopez of the Pew Research Center.

Joe Biden campaigning.

AQ: Joe Biden Answers 10 Questions on Latin America

March 16, 2020

Americas Quarterly quizzed the U.S. presidential hopefuls on issues facing Latin America. Here’s how the former U.S. vice president responded.

Joe Biden on the 2020 campaign trail

U.S. 2020: Joe Biden on the Issues That Affect Latin America

March 10, 2020

We look at where the former Obama administration vice president and long-time Delaware senator stands on immigration, trade, security, climate change, and Venezuela.

Bernie Sanders on the 2020 campaign trail

U.S. 2020: Bernie Sanders on the Issues That Affect Latin America

March 10, 2020

We look at where the Vermont senator stands on immigration, trade, security, climate change, and Venezuela.

Voter demographic breakdowns of Biden and Sanders' support in Texas

Chart: The Latino Vote on Super Tuesday 2020

March 05, 2020

More than 1.8 million Latinos cast a vote in Democratic primaries on March 3.

Increase in turnout of Latino voters by state in 2018

Chart: Turnout and the Latino Vote in 2020

February 19, 2020

The key to getting Latino voters to turn out at the ballot box? Focus on voter registration drives more than Election Day get-out-the-vote efforts.

Chart: How U.S. Latinos Voted in the 2016 Presidential Election

November 10, 2016

Though Latinos made up a record portion of the electorate on November 8, fewer voted for Hillary Clinton than expected.

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U.S. 2020: The Democratic Candidates on Immigration

May 29, 2020

AS/COA Online looks at where the Democratic presidential contenders stood on one of the most polarizing issues in the United States today.

Climate Change

U.S. 2020: The Democratic Candidates on Climate Change

May 29, 2020

From the Amazon fires to Hurricane Maria, where did the Democratic candidates stand on climate change policy, particularly as it pertains to Latin America?

U.S. 2020: The Democratic Candidates on Security

May 29, 2020

Guns, drugs, and, naturally, the wall. Here’s where the Democratic presidential candidates stood on a range of security policies and how they affect Latin American relations.

US 2020: Where the Candidates Stand on Venezuela

U.S. 2020: The Democratic Candidates on Venezuela

May 29, 2020

With Donald Trump using Venezuela as a wedge in Florida, it matters where the Democratic hopefuls stood on the issue.

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U.S. 2020: The Democratic Candidates on Trade

May 29, 2020

From TPP to USMCA, from free trade to “fair trade,” where did the Democratic contenders stand?

William Barr and Andrés Manuel López Obrador. (AP)

Pressure Points for U.S.-Mexico Relations in 2020

January 24, 2020

As the United States gears up for elections, the government of Mexico could face bumps in the bilateral relationship.

Joe Biden: The Western Hemisphere Needs U.S. Leadership

December 14, 2018

Pulling back from Latin America will lead to gains in the region for Russia, China and others, warns the former vice president.

EE.UU. 2020: Las posiciones de los candidatos demócratas sobre el cambio climático

June 02, 2020

De los incendios del Amazonas al huracán María, ¿cuáles eran las posiciones de los candidatos demócratas sobre las políticas de cambio climático, en particular en lo referente a América Latina?

2020 U.S. Elections: trade graphic

EE.UU. 2020: Las posiciones de los candidatos demócratas sobre comercio exterior

June 02, 2020

Del TPP al T-MEC, del libre comercio al “comercio justo”, ¿cuáles eran las posiciones de los candidatos?

EEUU 2020 candidatos democratas sobre la inmigracion

EE.UU. 2020: Las posiciones de los candidatos demócratas sobre inmigración

June 02, 2020

AS/COA Online revisa las posiciones de los aspirantes a la nominación demócrata sobre los temas más polarizadores en los Estados Unidos hoy.

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EE.UU. 2020: Las posiciones de los candidatos demócratas sobre Venezuela

June 02, 2020

Donald Trump está usando a Venezuela para instigar al electorado en Florida. Con eso presente, la posición sobre Caracas de los aspirantes a la nominación demócrata no es un asunto menor.

EEUU 2020: Los candidatos demócratas sobre la seguridad nacional

EE.UU. 2020: Las posiciones de los candidatos demócratas sobre seguridad nacional

June 02, 2020

Armas, drogas y, naturalmente, el muro. He aquí qué opinan los candidatos presidenciales demócratas sobre varias políticas de seguridad nacional y cómo pueden afectar las relaciones con América Latina.

Joe Biden on the 2020 campaign trail

EE.UU. 2020: Joe Biden sobre los temas que afectan a América Latina

March 11, 2020

Examinamos dónde el ex vicepresidente de la administración de Obama se posiciona en cuanto a inmigración, comercio exterior, seguridad nacional, cambio climático y Venezuela.

Bernie Sanders on the 2020 campaign trail

EE.UU. 2020: Bernie Sanders sobre los temas que afectan a América Latina

March 11, 2020

Examinamos la posición del senador de Vermont respecto a inmigración, comercio exterior, seguridad nacional, cambio climático y Venezuela.