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February 24, 2015: Abortion and Reproductive Rights in Latin America: Implications for Democracy
By Inter-American Dialogue and Center for Reproductive Rights
Latin American countries have some of the most restrictive reproductive health laws and policies in the world, particularly with regard to abortion. In part this stems from not recognizing reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right. However, imposing legal restrictions on abortion does not reduce the likelihood that women will seek this reproductive health service. Instead, harsh laws compel women to risk their lives and health by seeking out unsafe abortions.

October 28, 2014: Brazil's Presidential Election: Interpreting the Results
By Marielle Coutrix
Brazil is the seventh-largest economy in the world and is increasingly a global player. On October 26, President Dilma Rousseff won a narrow victory over challenger Aécio Neves. What does a second term for Dilma mean for the future of Brazil and the US-Brazil relationship? Just days after the vote, the Atlantic Council's Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the Inter-American Dialogue welcomed policy specialists to discuss what the results signal for Brazil's economy, Brazil's position on the global stage, and what to expect in 2015 and beyond.

October 24, 2014: What Are the Most Critical Issues Facing the Region's Women?
By Joan Caivano, Jacqueline Pitanguy, Maria de los Ángeles Fernández R.
Source: Latin America Advisor
For the second year in a row, people in Latin America are less likely to say they live in countries where women are treated with respect and dignity than people in any other region, according to a recent Gallup survey. A median of 35 percent of adults across 22 Latin American countries said women are treated with respect in their nations, about half as high as percentages in any other region, Gallup said, though the figure disguises wide differences between countries. How are women faring in Latin America, and what are the most important issues facing women in the region? Where has progress been made and how has that been achieved? What more needs to be done to promote gender equality?

October 1, 2014: Brasil, elecciones y clases medias
By Peter Hakim
Dialogue president emeritus Peter Hakim discusses the upcoming presidential election in Brazil and asserts the results will be decided by the country's middle class.

September 12, 2014: Building on Strengths, Collaborating on Challenges
By Mary Dempsey
Regional integration, social inclusion, and the need for a more competitive business climate in Latin America emerged as recurring themes at the XVIII Annual CAF Conference. Some 1,200 past and present government officials, lawmakers, diplomats, academics, economists, journalists, policymakers, and other participants gathered in Washington, DC, on September 3 and 4 to discuss the most pressing challenges and opportunities in the Western Hemisphere.

August 20, 2014: Cristina Lizardo, Dominican Republic's First Female Senate President
By Megan Cook
Source: Latin America Advisor
A profile of Cristina Lizardo, the Dominican Republic's first female Senate President

July 23, 2014: Santos' Second Term: What to Expect?
By Amanda Mitchell
On June 15th, President Santos defeated Oscar Iván Zuluaga after one of Colombia’s most intense campaigns in recent memory. 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. But with a strong opposition, led by former president Álvaro Uribe, the next four years are likely to pose significant challenges to Santos’ agenda.

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?