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The opening of the 76th General Assembly debate. (Image: @UN_PGA Twitter)

UNGA in a New York minute. The traffic on Manhattan’s East Side may have been lighter than in pre-pandemic days but a good number of world leaders returned in person this week for the opening debate of the UN General Assembly. How did Latin America factor in, whether at the podium or on the sidelines? 

As the presidents of the region most economically hammered by the coronavirus, Latin American leaders made calls against “pre-pandemic [fiscal] criteria” and “debticide” and for deepening commercial ties to ease the migration crisis. British officials floated the idea of adding some letters to the USMCA. Leaders had a word or two for Nicolás Maduro. Brazil’s vaccine-skeptic delegation couldn’t get into a restaurant. Read these stories and more in our coverage of Latin American issues at #UNGA76.

AS/COA hosted presidents from Ecuador’s Guillermo Lasso to Costa Rica’s Carlos Alvarado. See who visited us at 680 Park and watch our program with Pacific Alliance officials—an event that marked the bloc’s 10-year anniversary. 

Place your bets...on Uruguay. After years of trying to approach Washington, Montevideo is flirting with a turn to Beijing. In a co-authored piece for Barron’s, AS/COA’s Eric Farnsworth argues the United States should cozy up to countries like Uruguay rather than risk getting displaced in its own hemisphere.


—Chilean President Sebastián Piñera at UNGA

The influx of Haitian migrants at the U.S. border is a sign of a shift: people are coming from a broader range of countries. In The Wall Street Journal, Juan Montes, Ryan Dube, and Kejal Vyas explain how political oppression and a lack of economic opportunity, both exacerbated by the pandemic, are contributing to a new migration era.
Mexico concludes its three-month long campaign to drive up vaccination rates in 45 border communities. The United States donated doses to help with the effort, but opted this week to extend border restrictions with Mexico until October 21. (Fronteras, USA Today)
  • PAHO selects health centers in Argentina and Brazil to produce mRNA vaccines. (PAHO)
  • England’s new travel rules force fully vaccinated Latin Americans to obey quarantine rules not required for other regions. (The Guardian)
Of Paraguayans are willing to be vaccinated, the highest percentage in the region. Meanwhile, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, and Bolivia have the highest rates of vaccine skepticism.
ICYMI from Americas Quarterly: Have Brazilians given up on Bolsonaro? AQ Editor-in-Chief Brian Winter explores the answer


The New York Times covers Dominican car culture, or how to turn a van into a music machine. By Isabella Herrera, with photos by Josefina Santos. 
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