In a regional context that is increasingly plagued by political and economic tensions, as a result in part of the new configurations of the international system, what could be the roadmap for regional integration in face of interstate fragmentation?
After several times Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said he would not accept the result of the elections, he went on with further declarations these days which confused and scared thousands of Brazilians so much that they signed a manifesto in which they recognize the threat to their Brazilian democracy. Thousands of Brazilians protested claiming to Bolsonaro to respect their vote and the Brazilian people.
Latin American-US relations are in a rocky place. The Biden administration started with great words but little results against the advances of China in the region. Meanwhile, the Republicans tend to show little interest for the region.
The Ukrainian war skyrocketed the oil and gas prices, pushing the US inflation.
President Biden, as a pragmatic Democrat, started to revive the commercial relations with Venezuela, putting at stake his reputation on human rights.
One year away from the next Brazilian federal election, Lula and Bolsonaro – the exponents of the two most prominent political movements in Brazil – are the clear frontrunners. However, as rejection rates to both their names increase, it is worth wondering whether a dark horse candidate can break their tug-of-war and steal a victory.
Frente de Todos, the ruling coalition in Argentina, has become the biggest battlefield the South American nation has seen in recent years. In the past few weeks, President Fernandez kicked out the possibility of dialogue with the opposition and stood firmly against the Kirchner faction of the government. Only time will say what is the ending scene of this confrontation.