THE JANUARY 2024 ERUPTION: DRUG GANGS VS. ARMED FORCES IN ECUADOR

Daniel Noboa, Ecuador’s new president, is facing severe challenges with drug-related violence escalating. Gang wars have intensified following gangster ‘Fito’s’ escape, resulting in numerous attacks, including a notably violent incident at TC Television. Noboa declared a state of emergency, involved the military, and won unprecedented parliamentary support despite lacking a majority. With Ecuador becoming an international drug hub, his militarized strategy and international cooperation are crucial to his presidency’s success.

From COP Host to OPEC+ Entrant: Brazil’s Strategic Diplomatic Dance

The article analyzes the unexpected nature of Brazil’s decision to join OPEC+. It does so by highlighting President Lula’s environmental commitments and Brazil’s growing role on the international stage.

Election Embers: Milei’s Unconventional Ascent in the Race for Argentina’s Presidency

This article examines how Argentine congressman Javier Milei has firmly positioned himself as one of the frontrunners in the upcoming presidential elections. This is in spite of his controversial views and radical proposals, which begs the question, will he actually be able to pull off this huge victory in one of South America’s largest states?

Bolivia’s Thriving Lithium Sector Bolsters BRICS Membership Aspirations

An article looking at Bolivia’s push for BRICS membership, owing to developments in the country’s lithium sector, which is expected to see a huge boost in production numbers.

Bedlam At The Border: How The Frontier Has Become A Key Issue In Mexico-U.S Relations

The article discusses the most recent developments at the U.S.-Mexico border, especially in light of the expiration of Title 42, which might present a whole new set of challenges for both administrations. U.S. Congress will keep a keen eye on President Biden’s moves in terms of immigration, a highly contentious issue in U.S. politics, while President Lopez Obrador has given to other issues affecting Mexico, which might suggest that the two countries are not in agreement as to the urgency of the issue.

Bolsonaro Deemed Ineligible for Elections: Electoral Court Delivers 8-Year Setback

The article looks at the recent ruling by the Brazilian Supreme Electoral Court to render Former President Bolsonaro ineligible for the next presidential elections and the possible repercussions this landmark decision might have.