Latin America

An Economic Tsunami: COVID-19 in Colombia

Interview with Daniel Diaz

“At this moment, as we are in a tsunami and the wave is still active, let’s say… the corporate decisions are all focused in taking the most urgent actions.” These are the words of Daniel Diaz, managing director of the Colombian investment banking firm Trigono. Colombia reacted relatively fast to the Covid-19 outbreak in the

Handling the Pandemic in Latin America: Populism vs. Pragmatism

  For the past few months, governments across the world have imposed lockdowns on their populations. Measures against the novel coronavirus have varied from one country to another. In early 2020 China imposed a massive and immediate lockdown on the affected populations and used technology to track every possible infected person. Most of Northern Europe,

Misleading Lines

Presidential rhetoric, powerlessness, and individual responsibility during Mexico’s coronavirus crisis.

Years of widespread violence, insecurity, and impunity have fostered a sense of powerlessness among Mexicans. Impotence is palpable in the proverb, “si te toca, te toca” (if it’s your time, it’s your time). A testament to the powerlessness experienced by millions of Mexicans, this maxim offers a daily antidote to fear amid waves of violence.