Despite the US’s historic position as the regional power in Latin America, it has done surprisingly little to maintain this position in the Trump era, and particularly through the pandemic. This has created a vacuum for China to jump in and assert its influence in the region.
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Professor Mark Beeson discusses how the rapid spread of the coronavirus is bringing about an equally rapid transformation in domestic and international politics. The preparedness of national health systems and the responses of political leaders around the world are being thrown into sharp and often unflattering relief.
In Argentina, both sides of the political spectrum have struggled with economic stagnation and an increasing debt burden. After a brief stint of economic liberalism, citizens have decided Peronist Alberto Fernandez is the most suitable candidate to rescue the country from its economic woes.