, Volume 67, Number 6

Sophie Arie
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Sophie Arie was the correspondent for the Daily Telegraph and The Observer in Buenos Aires at the time of the Argentine crisis and has returned to cover the wave of left-wing governments elected across the region in recent years. She has also worked for the Guardian in Rome, as a a foreign desk editor at theDaily Telegraph and was Foreign Editor on Monocle magazine until going freelance last year.

This time exactly ten years ago, in December 2001, the hunt for Osama bin Laden was on and war was raging in Afghanistan. Way down south, on the other side of the globe, a country was sinking under the weight of its debts and hardly anyone was watching. In Argentina, you could feel the relentless slide towards catastrophe. The papers were talking about the country as a Titanic that had hit its iceberg and was going down.

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