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July 9, 2014: What Should Be Done About Unaccompanied Child Migrants?
By Arturo Sarukhan, Dan Stein, Gretchen Kuhner, Robert N. Kaplan, Carlos Arrazola
Source: Latin America Advisor
The U.S. government says its agents have picked up some 52,000 unaccompanied children at the southern border this fiscal year, twice the 2013 number. Citing the high costs of dealing with the influx, Rep. Candice Miller (R-Mich.) last month suggested cutting off aid and repealing free-trade agreements with Mexico and Central American countries to spur them to do more, while other congressional leaders cast the issue as a humanitarian crisis. What is behind the spike in unaccompanied children crossing the border? What should the United States and countries of origin do about the situation? How seriously is the issue affecting relations between the United States and its neighbors?

June 11, 2014: DEBATE: Michelle Bachelet's Reform Agenda
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.

June 10, 2014: Symposium on Reproductive Rights in Latin America
By Josh Manley
On June 10, the Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for Reproductive Rights co-hosted the Symposium on Reproductive Rights to engage experts and policymakers on an important issue impacting women across Latin America.

June 9, 2014: Women and Politics in the Americas: Advances and Challenges
By Josh Manley
Despite making significant gains in Latin American government and politics, women in the region continue to face structural barriers that impede their full and equal participation in political life. On June 9th, the Dialogue and American University’s Washington College of Law co-hosted members of the Argentine Congress, City of Buenos Aires Legislature, and the NGO FairVote to discuss the challenges facing women who seek and hold political office in the Americas.

May 26, 2014: Se avecinan tormentas en la educación en América Latina
By Ariel Fiszbein
Source: El País
En El País, Ariel Fiszbein, director del Programa de Educación (PREAL), discute la reforma educativa en los países de América Latina. Aunque existen tensiones, argua Fiszbein, estas son extremadamente positivas y reflejan que la sociedad latinoamericana reconoce la importancia de la educación.

May 23, 2014: Women Rule South America
By Peter Hakim
Source: Diplomatist
In this May 23 Diplomatist article, Dialogue President Emeritus Peter Hakim analyzes the presidencies of Michelle Bachelet, Dilma Rouseff, and Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. While it may be too early to speculate about their long-term legacies, their leadership engenders the questions: Would this be a more compassionate, more peaceful planet if more of it were ruled by women? Does a woman’s leadership makes a difference in the way a nation is governed?

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.

June 4, 2013: Measuring Latin America’s Commitment to Equality
By Estefania Ortiz
A discussion of the effectiveness of Latin American governments in reducing poverty and inequality. Are Latin American governments more committed to equality than in the past? Have their tax and spending policies improved? What policies and programs have been most effective in redistributing income? What more—or less—should governments be doing?

May 8, 2013: Latin American Women Rising
By Joan Caivano and Jane Marcus-Delgado
Source: Polítca Exterior
Women in Latin America and the Caribbean have made tremendous strides towards achieving leadership in every sphere. Just over a decade ago, in 2000, the Inter-American Dialogue issued a report from a meeting of women political leaders that concluded, in Latin America and the Caribbean, “the highest circles of power still remain largely male dominated.”

May 8, 2013: Las mujeres de América Latina, al alza (PDF)
By Joan Caivano and Jane Marcus-Delgado
Source: Polítca Exterior
En las últimas dos décadas, el avance de la participación política de las mujeres en América Latina ha sido espectacular. La región, sin embargo, registra las mayores tasas del mundo en violencia contra las mujeres y mortalidad maternal a causa de abortos ilegales.

April 24, 2013: Women and the Judiciary in the Americas: Leadership and Outcomes (PDF)
By Inter-American Dialogue, League of Women Voters, and International Association of Women Judges
We are pleased to present this report on women in judicial leadership in the Americas. In recent decades, women in Latin America and the Caribbean have made tremendous strides towards achieving leadership in every sphere and at the highest levels.

April 24, 2013: La Mujer y el Poder Judicial en las Américas: Liderazgo y Resultados (PDF)
By Inter-American Dialogue, League of Women Voters, and International Association of Women Judges
Nos complace sobremanera presentar un informe sobre la mujer en cargos de responsabilidad judicial en las Américas, elaborado en el marco de los grandes avances que durante las últimas décadas las mujeres de América Latina y el Caribe vienen concretando en todos los ámbitos y al más alto nivel.

April 5, 2013: Is Bachelet a Shoo-in for Another Presidential Term in Chile?
By Jorge Heine, Peter M. Siavelis, Kirsten Sehnbruch, Peter Winn, and Patricio Nava
Source: Latin America Advisor
Former Chilean President Michelle Bachelet announced March 27 that she would run again for the country's presidency in the Nov. 17 election. Bachelet said that if elected to a second term in office, she would put income inequality at the top of her agenda. Is Bachelet, who still enjoys high approval ratings in Chile, a shoo-in for another term? Who will give Bachelet her toughest competition in the race? What issues are driving the campaign?

February 1, 2013: Latin America’s Inequality Success Story (PDF)
By Nora Lustig
Source: Current History
Inequality in Latin America has always been linked to the capture of the state by predatory elites, capital market imperfections, lack of access to credit for the poor, inequality of opportunities(in particular, in terms of access to high-quality education), labor market segmentation, and discrimination against women and non-whites.

August 29, 2012: Women’s economic contributions in Latin America and the Caribbean: policy recommendations for equity and growth
By Dana Preston
On Wednesday, August 29th the Inter-American Dialogue was pleased to hold an event to discuss the World Bank’s most recent study on gender in Latin America, "Smart Economics in Latin America and the Caribbean: The Multiplier Effect on Women’s Economic Power."

August 23, 2012: Structural change for equality in Latin America and the Caribbean
By Alicia Bárcena
Source: ECLAC
In 2010, the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) sent out a clear message to the region. We said that it was time for equality, which meant full entitlement to rights for everyone.

August 14, 2012: 25 Years Since the Esquipulas Agreement: Opportunities and Challenges in Central America
By Rachel Schwartz
On August 7, 1987 in Esquipulas, Guatemala, the presidents of five Central American countries signed an agreement to end the civil conflicts in the region and promote national reconciliation and democracy. To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the agreements, distinguished speakers reviewed Central America’s progress toward realizing their aims and discussed the central challenges that remain. Former presidents Vinicio Cerezo of Guatemala and Oscar Arias of Costa Rica discussed the lead-up to the agreement and its legacy. The event also included a panel discussion featuring Eduardo Stein, former vice president of Guatemala; Michael Barnes, former chair of the House Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere Affairs; Arturo Cruz, former ambassador of Nicaragua to the United States; and Cynthia Arnson, director of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

July 26, 2012: The Public Debate Over Private Lives (PDF)
By Joan Caivano & Jane Marcus-Delgado
Source: Americas Quarterly
Every day, women across Latin America are terminating their pregnancies under illegal and unsafe circumstances. The number of unsafe abortions—which represent about 95 percent of the total—grew from 3.9 million in 2003 to 4.2 million in 2008, with the annual abortion rate holding steady during that period, at about 32 abortions per 1,000 women between the ages 15 to 44. That’s more than double the rate in Western Europe (12 per 1,000)—where abortion is generally permitted without exception.

July 26, 2012: Beyond Equal Rights
By Michelle Bachelet
Source: Americas Quarterly
Women’s political and economic participation strengthens democracy, equality and the economy. And while women’s empowerment and full participation in society are important goals in themselves, they are also vital for reducing poverty, achieving universal education, improving maternal and child health, and fulfilling other development goals.

June 20, 2012: Strengthening US-Latin America Ties: A Conversation with Senator Chris Coons and Congressman Xavier Becerra
By Jacob Weisenthal
On June 20, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) and Congressman Xavier Becerra (D-CA), who led a congressional delegation to Colombia, Cuba, and Haiti earlier this year. The session took place in the Capitol Visitor's Center.