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On January 21, 2015, the Dialogue's Latin America Working Group convened in Bogotá, Colombia, for its 27th meeting. More than two dozen experts from all across the region engaged in wide-ranging discussion on topics including Colombia's peace process, the crisis in Venezuela, Cuba's prospects and renewed hemispheric relations, corruption, and organized crime, among others.

Dialogue president Michael Shifter also met with high-level officials, including Minister of Interior Juan Fernando Cristo, Minister of Foreign Affairs María Ángela Holguín, General Óscar Naranjo, and President Juan Manuel Santos. This Friday, January 30th, the Dialogue will welcome Minister of Defense Juan Carlos Pinzón for a discussion in Washington on the ongoing peace negotiations with the FARC.  

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A Conversation with Juan Carlos Pinzón

30 January
| Juan Misle
In 2015, Colombia enters a critical phase in the effort to end the country's longstanding armed conflict. Minister Pinzón shared his thoughts about the role of Colombia's armed forces and national police in the peace process, as well as the post-conflict scenario. MORE

What's Next for China and Latin America?

7 January
| Margaret Myers
The Dialogue’s China program begins 2015 with an assessment of China evolving approach to energy engagement in Latin America. In our newest report, Iacob-Koch Weser examines China’s energy security challenges and implications for the region. MORE
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Cuba and the U.S.

22 December
| Murat Dagli
The Dialogue and Brookings Institution held a public meeting to discuss the renewal of U.S.-Cuban Relations in light of presidents’ Obama and Castro’s announcement last Wednesday.This was the first public event in Washington D.C. on the issue  MORE
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Costa Rica's Economic Outlook

10 December
| Megan Cook
The meeting, which featured Costa Rican Ambassador Román Macaya and World Bank Expert Humberto López analyzed the first six months of the administration of Luis Guillermo Solís and explored the economic outlook for 2015, with a focus on the country's business and investment climate.  MORE
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Citizen Insecurities and Democracy

1 December | Megan Cook
The report is based on interviews with more than 50,000 citizens across 28 countries. Mitchell A. Seligson, founder and senior advisor of LAPOP, joined Zechmeister in presenting the report's results, while Casas Zamora offered opening remarks on the findings.  MORE
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Brazil's Pending Security Challenges

18 November | Marielle Coutrix
Brazil faces considerable public security challenges, reflected in a high homicide rate, the prevalence of organized crime, and widespread police corruption.  What are the recent trends in violent crime in Brazil? What can be done to improve pacification and policing strategies?  MORE

Beyond Venezuela's Simmering Crisis

12 November | Marielle Coutrix
The breakdown of talks between the government and the opposition Democratic Unity (MUD) Alliance earlier this summer does not bode well and further suggests that reconciliation and growth will be a lengthy and complex process.  MORE
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Brazil's Foreign Policy: Dilma's Choices

10 November | Marielle Coutrix
What changes are needed in Brazil's international trade policies to respond effectively to the country's current economic slump? What are the prospects of the Brazilian and US governments taking the necessary steps to make the bilateral relationship more productive?  MORE

Inter-American Human Rights System

5 November | Marielle Coutrix
The Inter-American human rights system is widely recognized as one of the most valuable parts of the OAS. The forum focused on possible reforms to make the system more effective in defending human rights and advancing democratic principles throughout the Americas.  MORE

Brazil's Presidential Elections

28 October | Marielle Coutrix
What does a second term for Dilma mean for the future of Brazil?  The Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the Dialogue welcomed experts to discuss what the results signal for the economy, Brazil's position on the global stage, and what to expect in 2015 and beyond. MORE
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Possibilities for Immigration Reform

24 October | Marielle Coutrix
In the likely absence of Congressional action, what decisions and initiatives can be expected from President Obama after the mid-term elections? In what ways has the recent surge in child migrants from Central America shifted the debate over immigration reform? MORE
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Fiscal Policy in Guatemala

23 October | Maynor Cabrera, Nora Lustig, Hilcías Morán
Guatemala is one of the most unequal countries in Latin America and has the highest incidence of poverty. Fiscal incidence analysis shows that taxes and transfers do almost nothing to reduce inequality and poverty overall or along ethnic and rural-urban lines . MORE
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A Conversation with Lucho Garzón

20 October | Marielle Coutrix
Minister Garzón, former mayor of Bogota and presidential candidate, discussed the government’s major labor policies, which aim at extending social security for all workers,  reducing the size of the informal sector, and insuring a reasonable minimum wage. MORE

The Case for Green Growth in Latin America

14 October | Lisa Viscidi and Paul Shortell
As Peru gears up to host UN climate change talks in December, many Latin American countries are demonstrating that “green growth” strategies can promote economic development while keeping emissions in check. MORE

A Conversation with Mauricio Cárdenas

9 October | Megan Cook
"Colombia has a remarkable economy," Finance Minister Mauricio Cárdenas said Thursday at the Inter-American Dialogue, highlighting the country's growth rate, which was revised upward by the International Monetary Fund Wednesday to 4.8 percent for the year. MORE

Navigating Risks in Brazil's Energy Sector

2 October | Paul Shortell
New Dialogue report analyzes critical challenges to investing in Brazil’s oil and gas, electricity generation and transmission sectors from the perspective of Chinese companies and identifies opportunities for cooperation and policy improvement. MORE

Refining Markets in Latin America

1 October | Paul Shortell
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a group of the industry’s leading experts for a workshop on refining markets in the Americas, part of our series on the impact of the North American oil boom on Latin America, in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank. MORE

A New Course for Brazil

30 September | Marielle Coutrix
Come what may in October, the prediction is that Brazil will implement fiscal reforms all the while maintaining its current foreign relations. Amid the forecast of greater ideological fragmentation, it is clear that the election outcome will have a serious effect on the future of Brazilian politics. MORE

China's Mining Activity in Latin America

25 September | Paul Shortell
How is China’s approach to overseas mining changing, and what does that mean for Latin America? In a first-ever, comprehensive overview of recent findings on Chinese mining activity in Latin America, Iacob Koch-Weser offers an review of the  literature on Chinese overseas mining activity. MORE

A Conversation with Simón Gaviria

19 September | Illona de Zamarocsy
In his current position, Gaviria, an economist who previously served in the Colombian congress and was president of the Liberal Party, will play a key role in proposing policies to carry out the three priorities of President Juan Manuel Santos’ second-term agenda:  peace, equity and education. MORE

Immigration Policy: What's Next?

 19 September | Marielle Coutrix
The recent upsurge in unaccompanied minors in the southern border has re-framed the political discussion on immigration reform. President Obama recently announced that he plans to delay executive action on immigration reform until after November’s midterm elections. MORE

The Drug Problem in the Americas

 9 September | Marielle Coutrix
The OAS produced  a landmark report on hemispheric drug policies last year, which sets out  the data and analysis that make clear the risks of sticking with current approaches. It also carefully lays out the alternatives, which present their own risks and benefits. MORE