columns & media

Selected Columns

For a full list of columns on politics and policy in The Americas, please visit my author sites: Foreign Policy, Americas Quarterly,, and Global Americans.

A Shock to Guatemala's System (with Will Freeman). Journal of Democracy, August 21, 2023.

In the August 20 Election, Guatemalan Democracy Is on the Line (with Manuel Melendez-Sánchez). El Faro, August 8, 2023.

What Will Proposed Tax Reforms Mean for Costa Rica? The Inter-American Dialogue, August 2, 2023 (Quoted).

Xiomara Castro y la necesidad de enmendar el rumbo en Honduras. IDEA, July 14, 2023.

The June Guatemalan Election Was an Outlier in Latin America (with Manuel Melendez-Sánchez). El Faro, July 11, 2023.

Why Chileans Might Vote to Keep Their Dictatorship-Era Constitution (with Will Freeman). Foreign Policy, September 3, 2022.

Costa Rica’s Election: A Bad Day for Incumbents, but Some Hope Ahead (with Patricio Navia). Americas Quarterly, February 7, 2022.

Costa Rica’s Boring Elections Are a Model for the World (with Will Freeman). Foreign Policy, February 4, 2022.

Will Castro Be Able to Tame Honduras’ Strained Politics?. The Inter-American Dialogue, January 27, 2022 (Quoted).

In Chile’s Presidential Race, Kast and Boric Are Not Equally Dangerous Extremes (with Will Freeman). Foreign Policy, December 17, 2021.

Imminent extradition. Is that what awaits Juan Orlando Hernandez. Univision News. December 12, 2021 (Quoted).

Central America Needs Democracy Accords. El Faro (El Salvador), December 10, 2021.

Xiomara Castro’s Historic Win: What Happens Next? (with Patricio Navia). Americas Quarterly, November 30, 2021.

Honduras's pivotal election (with Will Freeman). Foreign Policy, November 24, 2021.

Peru's next president will polarize the country (with Will Freeman). Foreign Policy, June 4, 2021.

In Chile, voters have turned their backs on traditional coalitions. What's next? (with Will Freeman). Foreign Policy, May 17, 2021.

Le plan Biden réglera-t-il la question des migrants sans papiers? (Will the Biden plan solve the issue of undocumented migrants?). CBC/Radio-Canada, April 19, 2021 (Quoted).

¿Por qué preocupa lo que está pasando en Centroamérica? (con Patricio Navia). El Tiempo (Colombia), 6 de marzo, 2021.

In El Salvador, Broken Promises Have Forced the Establishment Out (with Will Freeman). Foreign Policy, March 2, 2021.

It’s Not Just El Salvador. Democracies Are Weakening Across Central America (with Patricio Navia), Americas Quarterly, March 1, 2021.

Will elections in the Dominican Republic end over a decade of Dominican Liberation Party rule? Global Americans, June 25, 2020.

Bolivia’s general election gains momentum (with Will Freeman), Global Americans, June 18, 2020.

Honduras’ opposition needs to learn from its mistakes, Global Americans, June 4, 2020.

In Bolivia, a contested race to choose Morales’ successor, Global Americans, April 9, 2020.

The oil curse makes inroads in Guyana’s election, Global Americans, March 12, 2020.

Peru: Between a lame-duck president and a congress soon to expire, Global Americans, January 30, 2020.

Honduras is losing the fight against corruption, Global Americans, January 16, 2020.