Inter-American Dialogue Inter-American Dialogue
About the DialogueMembersEventsPublicationsImpactSupport Program Agenda

The Dialogue will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the  Linowitz Forum on November 13, 2014. MORE

The Dialogue has been named US Think Tank of the Year by Prospect Magazine for 2014. MORE

Elena Viyella promotes guaranteeing levels of learning in Latin America.

Get the latest analysis from the Dialogue's experts every week. MORE 


Dialogue Associates are assured an invitation to our policy exchanges and receive new publications and articles. MORE  


Business leaders participate in events and comment on issues in the Latin America Advisor, a daily brief for Corporate Circle members. MORE

Sunrise Dam open pit/Calistemon/CC BY-SA 3.0

Dialogue China Program report highlights new findings

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 extensive review of the English, Chinese, Spanish, and Portuguese literature on Chinese overseas mining activity, highlighting a sub-set of issues especially relevant to policymakers. READ THE REPORT

For more information on Latin America’s mining sector, see the Dialogue’s recent events on China’s metals markets and Colombia’s mining sector. Experts weigh in on Latin America’s mining sector in the China and Latin America blog and Latin America Advisor.


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
Source: Wikipedia Commons

Energy and Mining in Colombia

 28 August | Paul Shortell
Newly appointed Mines and Energy Minister Tomás González stressed the important role of the oil and mining sectors in funding government efforts to promote peace and economic development in Colombia at a private meeting hosted by the Dialogue in Bogotá, Colombia. MORE

Venezuela: Future Prospects

 14 August | Amanda Mitchell
Nicolás Maduro is struggling to manage a deteriorating political and economic situation.  It is also unclear what the consequences will be of the Obama administration’s recently announced visa sanctions directed at Venezuelan government officials for human rights abuses. MORE

Santos' Second Term: What to Expect?

 23 July | Amanda Mitchell
Santos enters his second term hoping to finalize negotiations with the FARC and ELN to end the country’s 50 year-long conflict, to continue Colombia’s macroeconomic success, and to provide long-needed improvements in infrastructure and services. MORE

COP20, Climate Change, and Energy

 17 July | Latin America Advisor
The United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP20, will be held this December in Lima, Peru. What are the opportunities for progress and regional cooperation on climate change in the Americas? What does it mean for the region's energy sector moving forward?. MORE

Central American Child Migrants 

 16 July | Brigid Carmichael
The Dialogue hosted a discussion on US policy toward unaccompanied minors featuring Rubén Zamora, former ambassador of El Salvador to the United States and Doris Meissner, founder of the Migration Policy Institute. What are some of the root causes that are pushing migration? MORE

Senate Testimony: Challenges at the Border 

 16 July | Michael Shifter
President Obama has requested $3.7 billion from Congress in order to deal with the crisis, the bulk of which will target the situation from the U.S. side of the border. Michael Shifter shared his views in front of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. MORE

Forum on Media in Latin America

 26-27 June | María José González Rivas
Public media has been in the spotlight of Latin America over the past years. Issues of press freedom and media pluralism have assumed priority in much of the region’s agenda, with countries trying to pass ambitious reforms in order to increase media access for their citizens. MORE

Brazil's Oil and Gas Sector

26 June | By Juan Osuna and Mackenzie Welch
Brazil holds some of the world’s largest oil fields in the deep-water pre-salt, and recent bidding has drawn investment from international oil companies. Although regulations have limited bidding, contracts with foreign companies have still increased. MORE

Drug Policy in the Western Hemisphere

25 June | By Mackenzie Welch
Combating the drug trade has been at the top of the U.S. policy agenda in the Western Hemisphere for over a decade. Despite this focus and 6.7 billion dollars spent in intervention, violence and drug trafficking continue to threaten regional security. MORE

Mexico's Energy Reform

 24 June | By Juan Osuna 
Mexico's energy reform
secondary laws are being debated on the senate floor; yet the complexity of the legislation and lack of government resources, coupled with partisan disputes, have delayed approval. Nonetheless, secondary laws are expected to be passed by August. MORE

Panama's New President

 24 June | By Murat Dagli
Panama’s new president, Juan Carlos Varela, assumes office on July 1st. He now confronts a complicated political landscape that has been dominated by his predecessor, Ricardo Martinelli, and whose party continues to be the strongest in Congress. MORE

Chile's Education Reform

 24 June | By Federico Sucre
Since 2011 Chile has been rocked by powerful student protests that call for greater education quality and equity.  Bachelet recently submitted a proposal to Congress in May hailed as “Chile's most significant education reform in 50 years.” MORE

Juan Manuel Santos Reelected

 16 June | By Michael Shifter
Can Santos finally make pace in Colombia? After one of the nastiest presidential campaigns in recent memory, Colombians savored a few moments of civility on Sunday night, when they reelected President Juan Manuel Santos to a second four-year term. MORE

Costa Rica's President Visits the Dialogue

 12 June | By Megan Cook
During his first visit to the United States as president, as well as his only public appearance in Washington, Luis Guillermo Solís addressed a wide array of issues - including investment, foreign policy, security, and fiscal concerns. MORE

Debate: Chile's Reform Agenda

11 June
| By Celeste Castillejo
President Bachelet has started her term with an ambitious and controversial agenda that includes tax, education and constitutional reforms aimed at addressing the country’s inequality. The Dialogue hosted three experts to debate these and other issues. MORE

Symposium on Reproductive Rights in Latin America

10 June | By Josh Manley
How do Latin America’s total abortion bans affect women’s health and human rights and society at large? Who should make decisions about whether to end a pregnancy? Should society understand abortion from a religious or public health perspective? MORE