Latin America Is Off the Global Stage, and That’s OK

September 10, 2020

If you are not at the table, you are on the menu—or so the diplomatic saying goes. And when the great powers sit down to dinner, Latin American countries are more likely to be food than guests. Legend says they once considered giving Brazil a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, but the invitation never arrived. Today, Brazil will not sit there anytime soon, and although Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico take part in the G-20, their participation has been as uncoordinated and ineffectual as the forum itself.

Andrés Malamud
ICS Universidade de Lisboa

Luis L. Schenoni
University of Notre Dame


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