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April 17, 2014: What Will Be the Fallout From the 'Cuban Twitter' Revelations?
By Roger Noriega, Josefina Vidal Ferreiro, Peter Hakim, Matthew Aho
Source: Latin America Advisor
The U.S. Agency for International Development created and operated "ZunZuneo," a communications network similar to Twitter that had the aim of destabilizing the Cuban government, the Associated Press reported on April 3. USAID responded by saying the purpose of the program was "to create a platform for Cubans to speak freely among themselves, period," while the White House denied that it was a covert program. How much of an impact will the revelations have on U.S.-Cuban relations? What does the controversy mean for bilateral issues such as the imprisonment in Cuba of former U.S. government contractor Alan Gross? Are social media programs such as these a good use of USAID funding and the U.S. government's resources?

April 2, 2014: What Challenges Face Costa Rica's Next President?
By José Antonio Muñoz, Kevin Casas-Zamora, and Laura Porras
Source: Latin America Advisor
What are the biggest challenges facing Costa Rica's new leader, Luis Guillermo Solís? What types of policy changes can be expected from his administration? To what extent will he succeed in working with Costa Rica's business community?

March 25, 2014: Massa dijo que no quiere relaciones carnales con EE.UU.
By Paula Lugones, El Clarín
En el auditorio de la avenida Connecticut reinaba cierta expectativa. A pesar de la inusual nevada primaveral que azotó a Washington ayer, empresarios, politólogos, académicos y periodistas se fueron acomodando en un salón donde hubo gente que quedó de pie. El invitado fue Sergio Massa, quien dijo entre otras cosas que su Frente Renovador rechaza una política de “relaciones carnales” con este país.

March 21, 2014: Is Brazil's Petrobras on the Right Track?
By Theodore M. Helms, Lisa Viscidi, João Augusto de Castro Neves, and Francisco Ebeling Barros
Source: Latin America Advisor
Despite profits up 11 percent last year, Brazilian state oil company Petrobras reported last month that its fourth quarter net profit was down 19 percent year-on-year, adding that it will cut its investment plan through 2018 by 7 percent. More bad news came last week when lawmakers decided to install a special congressional committee to probe allegations of bribery involving Petrobras employees and a foreign company. How bad is Petrobras' situation today, and what bright spots are on the horizon? How big of a role is the government and politics playing in the company's present circumstances, and what policy changes would improve the outlook for Petrobras moving forward?

March 12, 2014: What Can the Middle East & Latin America Offer Each Other?
By R. Evan Ellis, Cecilia Baeza, and Cecilia Porras Eraso
Source: Latin America Advisor
What is behind increasing engagement between the Middle East and Latin America? What do the regions have to offer each other economically? What businesses stand to gain from stronger ties?

February 26, 2014: Will Venezuela's Deadly Protests Spin Out of Control?
By Michael Shifter, Peter Winn and David Smilde
Source: Latin America Advisor
Deadly protests, the largest since President Nicolás Maduro's election last year, have wracked Venezuela in recent weeks. The demonstrations were punctuated on Feb. 18 by the arrest of opposition leader Leopoldo López, who had been organizing the protests. Why did these protests erupt now, and why did they turn deadly this time? Does the situation pose a threat to Maduro's government? How will López's jailing affect the opposition?

February 21, 2014: In Which Direction Is Paraguay's Economy Headed?
By Sebastián Acha, Donald Richards, Brian Turner and Dominica Zavala
Paraguay has recently won accolades from international investors for its passage of a law that could reduce infrastructure bottlenecks as well as its approval of a fiscal responsibility law. To what extent will Paraguay's economic moves benefit the country? What could derail the country's growth? How would you rate President Horacio Cartes' handling of the economy since taking office last August?

February 19, 2014: Why has the level of remittances to the region stagnated?
By Manuel Orozco, Earl Jarrett, Mario Trujillo and Hugo Cuevas Mohr
Source: Latin America Advisor
Overall remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean were flat in 2013 as compared to 2012, according to a new report by the Inter-American Dialogue. A few countries, including Bolivia, Honduras and Guatemala, saw significant growth, but several others like Jamaica or El Salvador saw no growth, while remittances decreased to countries including Mexico and Brazil. What is behind the stagnant remittances to the region? Which countries' economies will feel the most pain? Will the current trends continue?

January 31, 2014: How Important Is U.S. Fast-Track Authority for Trade Deals?
By Peter Hakim, Cameron T. Combs, Arturo Sarukhan, and James R. Jones
Source: Latin America Advisor
U.S. Senators Baucus and Hatch and Rep. Camp introduced a bipartisan Trade Promotion Authority bill that would give the president the authority to negotiate trade accords that Congress would then be able to approve or reject, but not amend. How important is fast-track authority for pending trade deals?

January 23, 2014: What Is Behind the Problems in Latin America's Prisons?
By Benjamin Lessing, Julita Lemgruber and Pien Metaal
The United Nations' human rights agency called earlier this month for a probe into violence at the overcrowded Pedrinhas penitentiary in Brazil's Maranhão state after a violent video was posted showing inmates gloating over the decapitated bodies of three other inmates. Overcrowding and violence are common problems at prisons in Brazil and elsewhere in Latin America. What is behind the problems at Latin America's prisons, and what kinds of reforms are needed? What's been standing in their way?

December 20, 2013: What Does 2014 Hold for U.S.-Latin America Relations?
By Arturo Sarukhán, Rubens Barbosa, Peter Hakim, Julia Buxton, and Riordan Roett
Source: Latin America Advisor
What lies ahead for U.S.-Latin America relations in the coming year? To what extent will the Obama administration seek to strengthen ties in the region? How much will Latin American countries want to work with the United States?

December 4, 2013: A Celebration of US-Mexico Relations
By Humberto Galvan
San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and former president of Mexico Ernesto Zedillo spoke on Monday, December 2nd at the Mexican Cultural Institute in Washington during a private dinner with the Inter-American Dialogue’s Board of Directors.

December 4, 2013: A Conversation with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos
By Humberto Galvan
The Dialogue’s Board of Directors met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos moments before his White House meeting with US President Barack Obama and ahead of the Board's biannual meeting. Members discussed the wide-ranging challenges facing Colombia and the region. The conversation was closed and off-the-record.

September 19, 2013: Negative Perceptions of Mexico Hurting U.S. Policy: Ambassador
By Megan Cook
Mexico's ambassador to the United States last Friday lambasted Hollywood for its negative portrayal of Mexicans in popular culture, asserting that an inaccurate perception of Mexicans is hurting the chances for passing meaningful U.S. immigration reforms and improving trade policy.

August 29, 2013: How Are Changing Demographics Affecting Latin America?
By Paulo Saad, John Price, and Daniel Cotlear
Source: Latin America Advisor
From 2010 to 2020, the number of working-age Latin Americans will grow by more than 40 million people yet by 2050, several large Latin American countries may have older populations than the US. What factors are driving demographic trends in Latin America and the Caribbean?

August 19, 2013: Can Technology Help Quell Citizens' Anger at Their Governments?
By Juan Rada, Miguel A. Porrúa, Mike Mora, Beatrice Rangel, and Andres Maz
Source: Latin America Advisor
As government funding for public services comes under strain, elected officials and disgruntled citizens are increasingly looking to new technologies to both deliver services and express priorities and demands. What are the best practices for engaging citizens in the region through technology?

August 8, 2013: How Important Is Chinese Lending to Latin America?
By Margaret Myers, Sun Hongbo, Matt Ferchen, and Erik Bethel
Source: Latin America Advisor
Chinese lending to Latin America and the Caribbean hit an all-time high of $37 billion in 2010. But China's lending to the region has plummeted since then, to approximately $6.8 billion in 2012, according to data recently compiled by the Inter-American Dialogue. The drop-off was attributed mainly to a decline in Chinese lending to Venezuela. How important is Chinese lending to the region today? What does the decline in funding from China mean for Venezuela and the region as a whole? What will the future hold for Chinese lending to Latin America and the Caribbean?

August 1, 2013: A Meeting of the Dialogue’s Corporate Circle
By Erik Brand
Craig Kelly of ExxonMobil and David Nelson of General Electric, both former ambassadors to countries in the region, led off a roundtable discussion with members of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Corporate Circle.

July 3, 2013: What's Really Behind South America's Wave of Street Protests?
By Henrique Rzezinski, Moisés Naím, Peter Hakim, and Moises Arce
Source: Latin America Advisor
A wave of street protests and strikes that broke out this month across Latin America took some officials and observers by surprise. Are these protests isolated events with unique causes or are there threads that unify them?

June 4, 2013: What Trends Have Been Driving Investment in the Region?
By Roberto Baquerizo, Alfredo Coutiño, Luis Oganes, and Lisa M. Schineller
Source: Latin America Advisor
Latin America and the Caribbean received a record $173.36 billion of foreign direct investment last year, a 6.7 percent increase from 2011, according to data released May 14 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. What factors and global trends have been driving these investments? Which countries fared best, and worst, in attracting foreign investment, and why? Will FDI in 2013 and 2014 continue to gain steam?