UNASUR’s failure goes beyond political fortunes. The rhetoric of integration fell flat in the face of reticent national bureaucracies unwilling or unable to give up sovereignty and protectionist policies.
Brazil, Argentina and Paraguay account for 76% of world exports of soybean meal and 68% of exports of soybean oil. But as with other natural resources, the source of these riches—the technological advances contained in the seeds—remains out of reach.
Brazil faces more challenges protecting its borders than almost any other country in the world. As the country seeks to assert itself as a regional power, measured military collaboration with the U.S. is important for domestic and regional stability.
In the past decade, journalism has become a deadly profession in Latin America. Attacks on freedom of expression aren’t restricted to journalists; human rights and environmental activists have been targets as well.
The defeat of U.S. candidate to the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights is a troubling sign of declining U.S. leverage and moral authority in the hemisphere, and not just on matters of human rights.