Top-down or bottom-up to battle COVID-19?

Top-down or bottom-up to battle COVID-19? Many pundits have speculated that authoritarian regimes have an edge in dealing with a pandemic like COVID-19.  Around the world, however, a handful of smaller democratic governments have done well in combatting the virus and...

Volunteers Battling Covid South of the Border

Volunteers Battling Covid South of the Border Despite tough headlines, let’s visit some volunteers making a difference “south of the border.” First, let us fly to beautiful Medellín, Colombia, the land of “eternal spring,” nestled in the Andean mountains, served by...

Covid Waves from South of the Border

Covid Waves from South of the Border When I lived in Copacabana, I often jogged through the surf and dove under the Atlantic’s rolling waves. Afterwards, I’d join “beach friends” for an impromptu volleyball. A cool cerveja was our just reward. Today, Rio’s famous...

A Tale of Two Populists in Brazil and Mexico

A Tale of Two Populists in Brazil and Mexico In 2018, the two largest countries in Latin America elected two “populist” leaders as president, uprooting “mainstream” political orders in Brazil and Mexico. Both men in their sixties were born in small towns, of humble...