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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?

May 29, 2013: Is Freedom of the Press in Danger in Latin America?
By Luis Manuel Botello, Horacio Verbitsky, and Carlos Lauría
Source: Latin America Advisor
Concerns about press freedom in the Americas have been in the headlines recently. In Colombia, authorities have warned the public of a plot by an organized crime group to kill several high-profile journalists. In Argentina, opposition leader and Buenos Aires City Mayor Mauricio Macri signed a decree "to guarantee protection to journalists and media in the city" as the government's ongoing dispute with country's largest media company has intensified. In Venezuela, the last major opposition television station was sold to investors believed to be friendly with the administration President Nicolás Maduro. What do these developments say about press freedom in the Americas? What are the most important trends that stakeholders (government, businesses, civil society) need to pay attention to? How has the evolution of social media and wider access to the Internet and communications technologies changed the debate over freedom of the press?

May 2, 2013: Do the Downsides of Remittance Flows Outweigh the Positives?
By Manuel Orozco, Dan Stein, and Earl Jarrett
Some critics of immigrant workers in the United States complain they send wages home to their families, draining local communities in which they reside of economic vitality that would be retained with domestic workers. Meanwhile, some people in Latin American countries that receive remittances complain that brain drain through emigration has gutted their human capital base and that the transfers distort local economic activity, leaving their societies dependent upon remittances. Are these criticisms of money transfers valid? Do the downsides of remittances outweigh the positives? How has the role of remittances in economic development changed in recent years for both sending and receiving countries?

February 28, 2013: What will Correa's 'legislative steamroller' bring Ecuador?
By Osvaldo Hurtado, Nathalie Cely, Ramiro Crespo and Marc Becker
After trouncing his opponents to win re-election as Ecuador's president earlier this month, Rafael Correa vowed that his government would be a "legislative steamroller" that would make his administration's socialist reforms permanent. What are the most significant reforms that will come out of Correa's new term? Will Correa respect the rights of the opposition as he has promised? How will Correa's presidency affect Ecuador in the long term?

February 20, 2013: What Does Mexico's Educational System Need to Improve?
By Reyes Tamaz Guerra, Jeffrey Puryear, Lucrecia Santibanez, Nicolas Mariscal
Billionaire Carlos Slim announced last month he is investing more than $300 million in connectivity, digital libraries and equipment for schools in Mexico. Beyond that, Slim is also underwriting translation of Khan Academy online course videos into Spanish, with a goal of having 1,000 videos translated by April. Is Slim's investment the sort of infusion that Mexico's school systems most need? Will it make a difference in addressing low levels of learning and widespread inequality in educational opportunity? Will other businesspeople in Mexico become more engaged in the country's schools, following Slim's example? How does Slim's initiative fit with the larger reforms to the education system announced by the Peña Nieto government?

February 11, 2013: Will new U.S. immigration reform pass Congress by July?
By the Inter-American Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor
U.S. President Barack Obama said Jan. 30 that he wants Congress to pass an immigration system overhaul in the first half of this year. Obama's comments came a day after he presented his plan for immigration reform and just after a bipartisan group of senators presented their own plan. What stands in the way of passing the legislation before July? Are the immigration reforms that would get through Congress likely to be significant enough to change the status quo? How might U.S. action on immigration affect the country's relations with Mexico and other Latin American nations?

January 8, 2013: Which Issues Will Define the Brazil-Mexico Agenda?
By Peter Hakim, Rubens Barbosa, Ruben Olmos, Joel Korn
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is planning to visit Mexico this year, likely in March, Reuters has reported. The two countries have been at odds in recent months over an automobile trade dispute, but there are some indications that trade relations may improve. What are the key issues that will define their bilateral agenda in the near term?

December 18, 2012: Science, Technology, and Innovation Policies in Brazil
By Alexandra Bobak
Discussion oh challenges to innovation and more robust economic growth in Brazil.

November 15, 2012: New U.S. Drug Laws Create 'Huge Problem' for Mexico: Ambassador
By Rachel Sadon
Source: Latin America Advisor
The legalization of recreational marijuana on ballot measures in Colorado and Washington last week present "a huge problem" for the Mexican government's effort to rally public support for the country's deadly war on drugs, Mexican Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan said Wednesday.

November 8, 2012: What Will Obama's Second Term Mean for Latin America?
By Peter Hakim, Andrés Rozental, Rubens Barbosa, Riordan Roett, Ruben Olmos
Source: Latin America Advisor

October 19, 2012: 2011 Program Report (PDF)
By Inter-American Dialogue
A summary overview of the Inter-American Dialogue's work in 2011.

October 5, 2012: Some Justified Optimism in Mexico
By Peter Hakim
Source: Latin Pulse
As Mexico approaches the December 1 inauguration of its new president Enrique Peña Nieto, things are looking up. Though there the new government will face substantial challenges, Mexicans have tangible grounds for optimism, particularly about progress on critical reforms.

October 5, 2012: Ecuadorean Gov't Committed to Landmark Conservation Project
By Rachel Sadon
Source: Latin America Energy Advisor
The Ecuadorean government has raised around $200 million for a landmark conservation project and is committed to raising the funds necessary to reach its $3.6 billion goal by 2024, Ivonne Baki, secretary of state for the Yasuní-ITT Initiative, told the Energy Advisor this week.

September 28, 2012: A Conversation with the Attorney General of the Republic of Ecuador, Diego García
By Cameron Combs
Ecuador’s attorney general Diego García visited the Dialogue to answer questions regarding the legal defense of the country in international disputes. His argument was straightforward: Ecuador respects its international obligations, but uses all of the available legal tools to defend itself and its national interests.

September 21, 2012: Arrest of Drug Lord Aimed at Political Gain in Venezuela: Uribe
By Rachel Sadon
Source: Latin America Advisor
The capture of the alleged Colombian drug lord Daniel "el loco" Barrera earlier this week was aimed at political gain in Venezuela, former President Álvaro Uribe said Thursday at the Bipartisan Policy Center. Implying that Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez stood to benefit in the country's Oct. 7 presidential race from Barrera's apprehension, Uribe asked: "Why didn't Chávez arrest 'loco Barrera' in the last four or five years - why only now on the eve of the elections?"

September 18, 2012: Are Mexican Factories Gaining an Upper Hand Against China's?
By Andrés Rozental, Margaret Myers, James R. Jones, Felipe Canales
Source: Latin America Advisor
With the rising cost of wages in China, manufacturers are increasingly considering Mexico an attractive location to 'reshore' production, McClatchy reported Sept. 10. Is Mexico gaining a competitive edge over China in terms of manufacturing? Or will other low-wage countries come to replace both China and Mexico as manufacturing destinations? What are the challenges and benefits of moving production facilities to Mexico? Can Mexico leverage the low cost of wages into more sustainable growth?

September 7, 2012: U.S. Lacks Credibility on Cuba, Should End Embargo: Carter
By Rachel Sadon
Source: Latin America Advisor
The United States should end its embargo against Cuba and seek constructive dialogue with the Caribbean nation, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Thursday. "We should all continue to press the Cuban government to respect individual rights and more political openness, but the embargo undermines any credibility that [the United States] has in calling for improvements in Cuba."

August 22, 2012: What Are the Implications of a Proposed Nicaragua Canal?
By Nicolás Ardito Barletta, Mario Arana, Joaquín Jácome Diez, Carlos Fernando Chamorro
Source: Latin America Advisor
Two Dutch companies said in late July that they had won a contract from Nicaragua's government for a feasibility study of a transportation project to rival the Panama Canal. What would be the economic risks and gains of building a canal across Nicaragua?

July 31, 2012: Does El Salvador's Judicial Crisis Bode Ill for Democracy?
By Francisco Altschul, Mirte Postema, and Michael Shifter and Rachel Schwartz
Source: Latin America Advisor
A dispute between El Salvador's legislative and judicial branches escalated to a constitutional crisis this month, with two separate groups of judges claiming to be the country's legitimate Supreme Court. After a stalemate and pressures both domestically and internationally to resolve the dispute, the two main political parties agreed to hold talks on July 24. What is behind the conflict? Does the conflict have implications for the state of the country's democracy or is it fundamentally a political issue? How should it be settled?