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The UN Security Council discusses Ukraine. (AP)

Keeping score. Which presidents in Latin America have directly criticized Russia for invading Ukraine? Who’s been soft on Putin? And which countries signed declarations at the OAS and the UN? We’ve kept track so you can too: check out our coverage.

Looking (a little farther) east. In what can be seen as Latin America’s most important foreign policy development since the Cold War, the region’s drift from Washington to Beijing is speeding up, writes AS/COA’s Brian Winter for Foreign Affairs. Read why the Chinese are being welcomed as “the new gringos.”

AMLO’s dip. Sure, many leaders would be happy with an approval rating as high as 58 percent, but it’s the lowest level for Mexico’s Andrés Manuel López Obrador since his presidency started. What’s behind the drop for the Teflon president? See our tracker for more.

What’s coming up in Latin America?


—David Kramer, managing director of Global Policy at the George W. Bush Institute, in an AS/COA panel on Russia’s influence in Latin America

Argentina and the IMF announced a deal to restructure the country’s $45 billion debt accrued after its 2018 bailout. Full details are pending, but the agreement must be approved by Argentina’s Congress. If passed, the debt would be slated to be repaid by 2034, per the Financial Times.
  • Colombian presidential frontrunner Gustavo Petro says he’ll declare an “economic emergency” to bypass Congress if elected. (Bloomberg)

  • Venezuela asks for U.S. sanctions to be lifted on its oil to correct for global supply worries. (The Wall Street Journal)

  • Why is Bolivia full of contraband Japanese cars? (The Economist)

  • The United States plans to reopen its consulate in Cuba four years after a “sonic attack” scandal. (AFP)

Like much of the region, Mexico marked two years since confirming its first Covid case in recent days. In words, charts, and text, Expansión covers the pandemic's impact on the country and asks whether it’s time to get over the fear of Covid-19.


Of Brazilian fertilizer imports come from Russia, amounting to over $3 billion in sales a year. (Quartz)

ICYMI from Americas Quarterly A podcast with the White House’s Juan Gonzalez on the Summit of the Americas and more. The hubris of Chile’s constitutional convention. A fresh crackdown on prosecutors in Guatemala. A bold plan to finance Latin America’s energy transition. Latin America may not be as polarized as you think.
"To be that small, you’ve got to be ferocious.” Activists want U.S. federal protection for the cactus ferruginous pygmy owls native to the U.S-Mexico borderlands, reports KJZZ’s Fronteras.
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