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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?

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