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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: Politics and Possibilities for Immigration Reform
By Marielle Coutrix
The session explored the following questions: First, in the likely absence of Congressional action, what decisions and initiatives can be expected from President Obama after the mid-term elections? Second, in what ways has the recent surge in child migrants from Central America shifted the debate over immigration reform? Third, how can immigration policy be linked with US-sponsored regional security initiatives? And finally, how will immigration issues likely affect the next presidential campaign – and outcome?

October 20, 2014: A Conversation with Colombia's Minister of Labor, Luis Eduardo Garzón
By Marielle Coutrix
Minister Garzón, a widely respected union leader and former mayor of Bogota and presidential candidate, will be a key player in advancing president Juan Manuel Santos’ social agenda during his second term. During the latter part of Santos’ first term, Garzón served as Minister Counselor for Social Dialogue. He discussed the government’s major labor policies, which aim at extending social security for all workers, reducing the size of the informal sector, and insuring a reasonable minimum wage. Garzón also talked about the state of labor unions and their relations with the government and the private sector.

October 10, 2014: Evo's Journey: Discussion of the Bolivian Elections
By Marielle Coutrix
Riding a strong economy and facing a weak and fragmented opposition, Bolivian president Evo Morales seems poised to secure a third term. Many attribute his commanding lead in the polls to a result of improvement in living standards. Critics point to authoritarian tendencies and an unfair electoral process. To what extent do personal charisma, political skill, and luck account for Morales’s apparent strength? How strong is Morales’ MAS (Movement for Socialism) political party? If reelected, what will Morales’ agenda be moving forward? Will Bolivia be able to sustain its positive economic and social performance? Will the nature and quality of Bolivia’s democracy change? How has Morales’ support base and political project evolved since he was first elected in 2005, and what is it likely to look like in the next period? To what extent does the Bolivia case fit with regional trends, in the Andean countries and more widely? How does governance compare with that of its neighbors?

October 9, 2014: A Conversation with Mauricio Cárdenas, Colombia's Minster of Finance
By Megan Cook
Minister Cárdenas, ratified as finance minister by president Juan Manuel Santos at the start of his second term, will focus on policies that have helped make Colombia Latin America’s fastest growing economy. He will discuss the challenges in sustaining and even increasing the country’s growth in light of a regional economic deceleration. He will also talk about Colombia’s fiscal reform and plans to provide economic support for an eventual implementation of a peace agreement with the FARC. Prior to his current position, Cárdenas served as Minister of Mines and Energy, Economic Development, Transportation, and also as Director of National Planning. From 2008 to 2011, he headed the Latin American initiative at the Brookings Institution.

October 1, 2014: Workshop on Refining Markets in Latin America
By IAD Staff
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a group of the industry’s leading experts for a workshop on refining markets in the Americas, part of our series on the impact of the North American oil boom on Latin America, in cooperation with the Inter-American Development Bank.

September 30, 2014: A New Course for Brazil?
By Marielle Coutrix
Polls show that the race between President Dilma Rousseff and her major challenger Marina Silva, former Environment Minister and Senator, is very tight. The Dialogue hosted Peter Hakim, Otaviano Canuto, Claudia Trevisan, and João Augusto de Castro Neves to discuss the October 5 and the implications of potential results.

September 19, 2014: Immigration Policy: What's Next?
By Marielle Coutrix
On Friday, September 19, the Dialogue was pleased to host a discussion on immigration policy. The recent upsurge in unaccompanied minors in the southern border has re-framed the political discussion on immigration reform. President Obama recently announced that he plans to delay executive action on immigration reform until after November’s midterm elections. In light of this announcement, what comes next? To what extent and in what ways will the elections likely impact the prospects for changes in US immigration policy? How do local and national groups view the current moment and how are they responding?

September 19, 2014: A Conversation with Simón Gaviria: Colombia's Director of National Planning
By Ilona de Zamaroczy
In his current position, Gaviria, an economist who previously served in the Colombian congress and was president of the Liberal Party, will play a key role in proposing policies to carry out the three priorities of President Juan Manuel Santos’ second-term agenda: peace, equity and education. Among the challenges facing Gaviria are increasing the rate of investment, reducing unemployment, and accelerating economic growth. Gaviria will focus on devising development plans to consolidate the country’s peace under post-conflict scenarios as well as on managing royalty revenues from the oil and mining sectors.

September 9, 2014: Drug Challenges in the Americas: A Conversation with José Miguel Insulza
By Marielle Coutrix
Public and official attitudes toward drugs and drug policy have changed in the US and many countries of the region. The emphasis on absolute prohibition and strict law enforcement is giving way to strategies that allow for the decriminalization or legalization of some drugs, and sharply reduced penalties for many of those involved in the production and sale of drugs. The OAS produced a landmark report on hemispheric drug policies last year, which sets out the data and analysis that make clear the risks of sticking with current approaches. It also carefully lays out the alternatives, which present their own risks and benefits. Since its publication, the report has substantially enriched policy discussions and debates about drugs and given new credibility to those who have been arguing for changes in policy. It has also reinforced Latin American leadership on drug problems and related issues.

August 28, 2014: Perspectives on Energy and Mining in Colombia
By Lisa Viscidi
Newly appointed Mines and Energy Minister Tomás González stressed the important role of the oil and mining sectors in funding government efforts to promote peace and economic development in Colombia at a private meeting hosted by the Dialogue in Bogotá, Colombia.

August 14, 2014: Venezuela: Prospects for an Uncertain Future
By Amanda Mitchell
Venezuelan president Nicolás Maduro is struggling to manage a deteriorating political and economic situation. The inflation level is the world’s highest, scarcity is rampant, and crime continues to be a serious issue. Against the backdrop of acute fiscal pressures, internal divisions within the government are intensifying and are posing significant strains. The opposition is also split and has shown few signs of moving towards a more coherent political strategy. It is also unclear what the consequences will be of the Obama administration’s recently announced visa sanctions directed at Venezuelan government officials for human rights abuses.

August 11, 2014: Child Migrants from Central America: Research Findings
By Jean Coleman
On August 11, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion of the current crisis of Central American child migrants featuring new research findings by the Migration, Remittances and Development Program.

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 16, 2014: Young Migrants and US Policy
By Brigid Carmichael
The discussion examined the evolving situation of these young migrants and how the US government and the governments of Central America are defining and responding to the challenges they present. It also explored the consequences of Washington’s policy choices for the prospects of immigration reform and US relations with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, where most of the migrants originate.

June 26, 2014: Media Forum: Freedom of the Press and Digital Transformations in Latin America
By María José González Rivas
América Latina vive una verdadera transformación digital que está cambiando radicalmente la manera en que los usuarios reciben información y que obliga a los gobiernos a adecuar la regulación de la prensa a los nuevos tiempos. Y en toda esta discusión, la pregunta que prima es: ¿hay más o menos libertad de expresión en la región como resultado de su revolución digital y las nuevas legislaciones mediáticas?

June 26, 2014: The Outlook for Brazil’s Oil and Gas Sector
By Juan Osuna and Mackenzie Welch
What does the future hold for Brazil's oil and gas industries? After many years of praise, Brazil’s national oil company Petrobras has garnered criticism. For many, its weak profits, soaring debts and stagnant oil production indicate that the company is struggling under the weight of government intervention. With presidential elections on the horizon, our panelists discussed the future of Brazilian energy policy, the outlook for oil and gas production, and the appetite for investment from international oil companies and Chinese state firms.

June 25, 2014: U.S. Drug Policy in the Western Hemisphere
By Mackenzie Welch
Combating the drug trade has been at the top of the U.S. policy agenda in the Western Hemisphere for over a decade. Despite this focus and 6.7 billion dollars spent in intervention, violence and drug trafficking continue to threaten regional security. To address these persistent problems, Representatives Engel and Salmon have introduced the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission Act, a law which would establish an independent directive to assess U.S. drug policy in Latin America and make recommendations for future efforts. Ambassador Simons from the Organization of American States has also spearheaded efforts to understand the issue with greater clarity. Speaking to an audience on Capitol Hill, the three experts laid out their plans for this commission.

June 24, 2014: Education Reform in Chile: Challenges and Opportunities
By Federico Sucre
On Tuesday, June 24, the Dialogue hosted a discussion with Senior Fellow Sergio Bitar on the ambitious education reforms proposed by Chilean President Michelle Bachelet.

June 24, 2014: The Outlook for Panama's New President
By Murat Dagli
Panama’s new president, Juan Carlos Varela, assumes office on July 1st. Elected vice president four years ago, Varela split with then President Ricardo Martinelli, and defeated Martinelli’s handpicked candidate in this year’s presidential race. He now confronts a complicated political landscape that has been dominated by his predecessor, whose party continues to maintain a majority in Congress.

June 24, 2014: Mexico’s Energy Reform: Assessing the Secondary Legislation
By Juan Osuna
Mexico is facing critical energy challenges. The country's energy reform and recently proposed implementing legislation are crucial for boosting the country’s natural gas production and supplying reliable, affordable electricity. Still, questions remain: Will Mexico see the projected boom in domestic gas production from shale and other resources? Will President Enrique Peña Nieto deliver on his promises to lower power prices and reduce subsidies? Will renewable energy developers have sufficient incentives for investment?

June 23, 2014: Financial Education and Inclusion in Mexico
By Jean Coleman
The results of a recent financial education project informed a wide-ranging discussion on financial inclusion strategies in Mexico, where less than one in three adults has an account at a formal financial institution and less than one in ten has saved money formally in the past year.

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: Book launch and symposium: Where is Brazil headed?
By Murat Dagli
With the World Cup only days away and what appear to be increasingly competitive presidential elections in October, the Dialogue hosted a spirited and stimulating exchange on this important country.

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.

June 6, 2014: Mexico's Energy Reform: What's Next for Gas and Electricity?
By Paul Shortell
On Friday, June 6, the Dialogue hosted a discussion on the implications of Mexico’s energy reform for the natural gas and electricity sectors. The session featured Horacio Cuevas, an energy regulatory expert with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and Nicolas Puga, a partner with Bates White Economic Consulting who advises electric utilities.

June 4, 2014: Colombia's Elections and Political Outlook
By Murat Dagli
On May 25, Colombians voted for president after a campaign marked by intense drama and surprising turns. Former finance minister, Óscar Iván Zuluaga, bested president Juan Manuel Santos in his bid for reelection, respectively commanding 29% and 26% of the vote. The two now enter a runoff election on June 15.

May 27, 2014: Education Programs That Work: What Latin America Can Learn from Global Education Research
By Caitlin Reilly
What education programs have succeeded, or failed, in developing countries and what can Latin American policymakers learn from them? On May 27, the Dialogue hosted an event featuring Dr. Richard Murnane of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Dr. Norbert Schady of the Inter-American Development Bank to discuss the lessons learned for improving educational outcomes.

May 20, 2014: A Discussion of China-Brazil Energy Relations
By Margaret Myers
On May 20, 2014 the Dialogue’s China and Energy programs, the China-Brazil Business Council, and the Federacao das Industrias do Estado de Sao Paulo (FIESP) jointly hosted a meeting on China-Brazil energy cooperation. The event, which was held in conjunction with FIESP’s annual infrastructure conference in Sao Paulo, featured analysis from five energy experts on China’s involvement in Brazil’s oil, renewables and electricity transmission industries.

May 19, 2014: Police and Organized Crime in El Salvador
By Inés Renique
The infiltration of public institutions in Central America by organized criminal groups is a critical issue that has posed an increasing risk to democracy and the rule of law in various parts of the region over the last decade. This is among the many challenges awaiting the new administration in El Salvador that begins on June 1st.

May 15, 2014: What's Happening in China's Metals Markets?: Implications for Latin America
By Paul Shortell
Chinese firms pushed aggressively into overseas mining deals in the 2000s, driven largely by the country's rising demand for minerals. Ever since, Chinese demand had driven world metals markets and economic growth among major metals exporters in Latin America and other regions.

May 2, 2014: The Promise of Participation: Civic Engagement in Honduras and Guatemala
By Scott Odell
On Friday, May 2, the Dialogue hosted a book launch and discussion of participatory governance in Latin America. In "The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala," Daniel Altschuler and Javier Corrales argue that participation can be generative.

May 1, 2014: Perspectives on Crime and Violence in Central America
By Julia Yansura
The Dialogue was pleased to host José Luis Sanz and Carlos Martínez, journalists for El Faro’s “Sala Negra” section on crime and violence in Central America. They discussed the developments and outlook for the region’s struggle with insecurity. They also distributed copies of their new book, Crónicas negras, an acclaimed collaboration that details the causes and consequences of the region’s high crime rates.

April 23, 2014: What Does North America's Energy Boom Mean for Latin America?
By Paul Shortell
On Wednesday, April 23rd, the Dialogue hosted a panel discussion on the recent boom in North American unconventional oil and gas and its implications for Latin America. The session featured Edward Morse, Citigroup’s global head of commodities research, Sarah Ladislaw, director of the energy and national security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and Francisco Gonzalez, Riordan Roett chair in Latin American studies at the Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). Participants concluded that North America’s energy boom holds important geopolitical, as well as economic, effects.

April 14, 2014: Argentina’s Economic and Political Prospects
By Dialogue Staff
On Monday, April 14, the Dialogue hosted a discussion on Argentina’s economic and political situation leading up to next year’s presidential elections.

April 10, 2014: Implications of Ecuador’s Elections and Political Outlook
By Caitlin Reilly
On February 23, Ecuador held important elections for mayors and regional governments. Although the ruling coalition, led by President Rafael Correa since 2007, retained control of the majority of Ecuador’s municipalities, it lost in the country’s major cities, including Quito, Cuenca, and Guayaquil. Montúfar, who also writes a regular column for El Comercio, will interpret the surprising results and discuss what the elections mean for the country’s possible political scenarios. His opening comments will be followed by a wide-ranging exchange with participants.

April 7, 2014: Chinese Finance in Latin America: What Happened in 2013?
By Paul Shortell
On Monday, April 7, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a session that highlighted key trends in Chinese finance over the past year and into 2014. The event coincided with the launch of an updated version of the Dialogue's online China and Latin America Finance Database, the only online source for up-to-date information on Chinese finance in Latin America and the Caribbean.

April 7, 2014: Presentation: The New Banks in Town (PDF)
By Kevin Gallagher
On Monday, April 7, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a session that coincided with the launch of an updated version of the Dialogue's online China and Latin America Finance Database. Kevin Gallagher's presentation at the session highlighted key trends in Chinese finance to the region in 2013.

April 3, 2014: Report Launch: Economic Status and Remittance Behavior among Latin American and Caribbean Migrants in the Post-Recession Period
By Julia Yansura
The Inter-American Dialogue and the Multilateral Investment Fund, Member of the IDB Group, recently launched a new report, “Economic Status and Remittance Behavior among Latin American and Caribbean Migrants in the Post-Recession Period.”

March 28, 2014: Forum of the Future: Sharing Ideas to Construct Our Future
By Alexandra Bobak
On March 28, 2014, Dialogue Senior Fellow Sergio Bitar spoke at an event hosted by the Centro Nacional de Planeminto Estrategico (CEPLAN) in Lima, Peru. Entitled “Forum of the Future: Sharing Ideas to Construct Our Future,” the event featured speakers from many Latin American nations, as well as the United States, exploring why and how strategic foresight planning in Latin America today can help create better policies for the region in the future.

March 26, 2014: The Human Rights Situation in Venezuela
By Caitlin Reilly
Since early February, anti-government demonstrations have rocked Venezuela. The repressive response of President Nicolás Maduro, the hand-picked successor of the late Hugo Chávez, has violated democratic norms and speaks to the semi-authoritarian nature of his presidency according to two prominent human rights activists who visited the Dialogue on March 26.

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 20, 2014: A Conversation with Sandra Honoré
By Cameron Combs
In 2004 and following the ouster of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the United Nations established a special stabilization mission in Haiti, MINUSTAH. Its mandate was was expanded following the devastating earthquake in 2010. After a decade of operations and continued problems in Haiti, however, there is serious debate over the appropriate level and timing of this support.

March 13, 2014: Beyond Contributory Pensions
By Jennifer Mellett
On Thursday, March 13, the Dialogue partnered with the World Bank to host a book launch and policy discussion on the role of non-contributory pensions in Latin America.

March 13, 2014: Education, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Americas
By T'Nia Crutchfield
The Dialogue partnered with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the State Department’s Western Hemisphere Chief of Missions to host a discussion with four U.S. ambassadors on education, entrepreneurship, and innovation in Latin America.

February 28, 2014: Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013
By Laura Porras
Remittances and migration are key factors in economic development in Latin American and the Caribbean. One in three Latin American households has a family member living abroad. Additionally, approximately 70 percent of migrants from the region send remittances home.

February 28, 2014: Pressing Issues in Central America and Mexico
By Caitlin Reilly
On February 28, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a half-day Capitol Hill conference on the two most pressing issues that face the countries of Central America and Mexico—security and migration.

February 25, 2014: Social Gains in the Balance: A Challenge for Fiscal Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean
By Humberto Galvan
Significant gains in reducing poverty and increasing the size of the middle class in Latin America and the Caribbean are at risk of losing momentum. Governments must not only adopt policies to restore growth and preserve macroeconomic stability; they must also strive to improve opportunities for less advantaged groups to participate in the economy and contribute to growth.

February 7, 2014: The Implications of El Salvador's Elections
By Caitlin Reilly
Although experts predict that the ruling left-wing FMLN party will hold on to power in El Salvador's March 9 elections, whoever wins faces a complex set of challenges - a sluggish economy, intense political polarization, and a still highly dangerous, although slightly improving, security situation.

February 6, 2014: Comparing EU and US priorities in Latin America
By Cameron Combs
The Dialogue was pleased to co-host an off the record discussion at the Carnegie Endowment with the managing director for the Americas at the EU External Action Service.

February 6, 2014: The Implications of Costa Rica's Elections
By Laura Porras
The success of the Citizens’ Action Party (PAC) candidate, Luis Guillermo Solis, in Costa Rica’s first round president elections took analysts by surprise. Despite having ranked third or fourth in every poll taken during the campaign cycle, Solis captured 30.8 percent of votes on February 2. His one percent margin of victory over the candidate of the ruling National Liberation Party (PLN), Johnny Arraya, has raised important questions about the potential outcome of the country’s upcoming second round, set for April 6.

January 15, 2014: Inter-American Economic Relations
By Cameron Combs
On January 15, the Inter-American Dialogue held a discussion on inter-American economic relations and the prospects for more productive trade arrangements in the hemisphere, featuring Jeff Hornbeck of Patri Inc., Osvaldo Rosales of the UN Economic Commission on Latin America, and João Augusto de Castro Neves of the Eurasia Group

January 9, 2014: The Strategic Dimension of Chinese Engagement with Latin America
By Tim Stackhouse
In the span of little more than a decade, China has become a major economic presence in Latin America. The commercial and political ties between Beijing and the region will undoubtedly continue to grow in the coming years as Chinese firms and diplomats form deeper relationships with their counterparts in the Western hemisphere, with significant implications for Latin American countries as well as the United States.

December 16, 2013: A Conversation with Diego García-Sayán
By Veronica Gaitan
Diego García-Sayán, outgoing president of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Peru's former minister of justice and foreign affairs, joined the Dialogue for a conversation on the Court's progress–as reflected in an increased number of sentences and greater compliance among members states–in the context of the region’s democratic development.

December 13, 2013: Elections in Chile and the Next Four Years
By Paul Shortell
Although no candidate in Chile's presidential elections emerged from a first round of voting with the simple majority required for an outright victory, former president Michelle Bachelet of the left-of-center Nueva Mayoría coalition is expected to defeat the right-of-center candidate of the La Alianza coalition, Senator Evelyn Mattei, in a run-off election on December 15.

December 11, 2013: A Conversation on US Cooperation in Central America and Mexico
By Cameron Combs
Crime and violence are global problems, too big for any one county to tackle alone. But they are also highly local phenomena; their precise roots are as unique as the motive behind a single crime. This paradox was a central theme during a meeting of the Congressional Members Working Group focused on Central America. How can cooperation and international assistance on security issues adapt to local realities without becoming hopelessly complex?

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.

December 2, 2013: A Conversation on the Brazilian Economy
By Paul Shortell
In the past two years, however, economic growth has slowed and investment has fallen. Where is the region's largest economy headed?

November 27, 2013: The Implications of Honduras' Elections
By Daniela Giller
On November 24th, Hondurans headed to the polls to elect a new president and vote for all 128 members of the National Congress. The elections, which come amidst rising levels of unemployment, crime, violence, and widespread public discontent, have huge implications for the country's future.

November 22, 2013: Sub-Regional Dialogue on Citizen Security Policy
By Humberto Galvan
Governors, policy makers, and analysts gathered in Porto Alegre, Brazil on November 18 and 19 to participate in the Sub-Regional Dialogue on Citizen Security Policy, a two-day meeting convened by the Inter-American Development Bank, in collaboration with the Inter-American Dialogue, to discuss and examine the efforts of sub-national actors against crime and violence in Latin America.

November 19, 2013: Cuba's Government Must Broaden Reforms: Kerry
By Megan Cook
Cuba remains the exception to the Western Hemisphere's trajectory of strengthening democracy, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said in a speech Monday at the Organization of American States, as he called for the Cuban government to "embrace a broader political reform agenda.

November 18, 2013: The Outlook for Judicial Reform in Ecuador
By Veronica Gaitan
In 2011, Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa instituted major changes in the organization of the country’s courts. Among the most important modifications was the creation of a Judiciary Council. Gustavo Jalkh, who was selected to head the Council, spoke at the Inter-American Dialogue on recent changes in Ecuador’s judiciary.

November 18, 2013: Remarks on U.S. Policy in the Western Hemisphere
By US Secretary of State John Kerry
US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed US-Latin America relations for the first time in the United States since his appointment at an event co-sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Organization of American States.

November 6, 2013: Latin America's Oil Sector: A Lost Opportunity
By Tim Stackhouse
Despite its prodigious petroleum reserves and high world oil price over the past decade, many countries in Latin America are experiencing declining production. What explains this apparent paradox?

October 28, 2013: Challenges Facing Ecuador's Civil Society Organizations
By Veronica Gaitan
In June 2013, President Rafael Correa issued a decree creating new procedures for nongovernmental organizations to obtain legal status. How has this law impacted Ecuador's civil society?

October 23, 2013: A Conversation with Hugo Martínez
By Daisy Franco
Although Central America has made some strides in recent years towards a more integrated regional agenda, critical challenges remain. SICA Secretary General Hugo Martinez joined the Dialogue for a discussion on Central America’s chief priorities and SICA’s agenda looking forward.

October 21, 2013: The Implications of Argentina's Upcoming Elections
By Veronica Gaitan
On October 27, Argentine citizens will vote for half of the country’s federal deputies and a third of its senators. The country’s economic woes, as well as President Kirchner's health problems, have raised a number of questions about its political situation. The elections will be critical in shaping the rest of her term.

October 10, 2013: Economic Outlook in the Andes
By Cameron Combs
The Dialogue recently hosted a discussion on the economic and political outlook in Peru, Colombia and Venezuela.

October 9, 2013: The Human Rights Situation in Mexico
By Veronica Gaitan
A prominent activist and scholar from one of Mexico’s most violent cities joined the Dialogue for a discussion of the the human rights situation in Ciudad Juárez.

September 26, 2013: What can we expect from Pope Francis?
By Veronica Gaitán
Two prominent religious studies professors discussed the impact and potential legacy of Pope Francis, a native Argentine, on Latin America.

September 25, 2013: Shale Gas in Latin America
By Tim Stackhouse
The shale gas revolution has reached Latin America and its prodigious gas reserves. Can Latin America overcome political, geological, and economic challenges? Will it live up to its shale gas potential?

September 20, 2013: US-Brazil Relations After the Cancellation
By Tim Stackhouse
This week, President Dilma Rousseff became the first head of state to postpone a state visit to the United States after leaks revealed that the US had been spying on Brazil. What does this historic decision mean for the increasingly important US-Brazilian bilateral relationship?

September 19, 2013: Democracy in Latin America
By Veronica Gaitan
Two prominent professors in the field of democratic governance took stock of the progress and challenges facing the region’s democracies.

September 19, 2013: State of the Remittance Industry: Trends and Challenges
By Eric Johnson
The Dialogue hosted a panel discussion on the current state of the remittance industry featuring representatives from many of the leading money transfer companies.

September 12, 2013: LGBT Rights in the Americas
By Cameron Combs
By all appearances, Argentina is leading the way in the push for LGBT equality in the Americas. It became the second country, after Canada, to legalize same-sex marriage in the hemisphere in 2010. A year later, the national congress passed landmark legislation allowing transgender individuals access to free gender reassignment surgery and hormone therapy.

September 11, 2013: A Time for Action: Latin America and the Future
By Mary Dempsey
The failure to narrow the inequality gap in Latin America, a need for effective economic integration, and the importance of investment in infrastructure and education were among the issues spotlighted during the XVII Annual CAF Conference, the largest and most successful CAF Conference to date.

August 7, 2013: What's in Store for Venezuela?
By Javiera Alarcon
Since the April elections, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro has had to deal with acute economic difficulties, a deeply polarized society, and a rapidly changing hemispheric political landscape. What is next for the country?

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 30, 2013: Mexico on the Regional and Global Stage
By Gustavo Orozco
Mexico has an ambitious growth and reform agenda. Ambassador Eduardo Medina Mora and Carnegie expert Uri Dadush joined the Dialogue to discuss just how Mexico can grow to assume the regional and global leadership role it aspires to.

July 26, 2013: Migrant Remittances and Development in the Global Economy
By Estefania Ortiz
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion of a new book by Manuel Orozco, Migrant Remittances and Development in the Global Economy on Friday, July 26th.

July 23, 2013: Latin American Perceptions of China
By Margaret Myers
China is generally viewed positively, particularly amongst younger generations, who increasingly believe that China has or will replace the US as the world's superpower. The Dialogue and the Pew Research Center hosted a discussion on the findings of a new Pew report on the subject.

July 18, 2013: Political Stability in Central America: Is Democracy at Risk?
By Lisa Abrego
Central American governments have had, at best, mixed success in implanting democratic institutions, the rule of law, and productive market economies. Former Nicaraguan Ambassador and political analyst Arturo Cruz presented his just published paper exploring the multiple challenges and risks confronting democratic stability in the region at the Inter-American Dialogue on July 18.

July 16, 2013: More than Revenue: Taxation as a Development Tool
By Colin Lubelczyk
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion of a new Inter-American Development Bank report, “More than Revenue: Taxation as a Development Tool.”

July 10, 2013: China Foreign Ministry Visit
By Margaret Myers
On Thursday, July 11 the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a private, off-the-record roundtable discussion with Shen Zhiliang, the new director general of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs in the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who is visiting Washington to lead the Latin America discussion at the 2013 US-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue. Participants included a select group of experts on China-Latin America relations, as well as representatives from the Chinese delegation and from the U.S. State Department.

July 3, 2013: Protests in Brazil: Why Now? What Do They Mean?
By Javiera Alarcon
By the end of June, over 80 Brazilian cities had experienced massive demonstrations sweeping the country, stemming from acute grievances with dismal public services. The protests, referred to as a “crisis of renewal” by Paolo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center, have provoked a political upheaval bent on improving the quality of life for many middle-class Brazilians.

June 28, 2013: A Conversation with Colombia's Minister of Mines and Energy (PDF)
By Gustavo Orozco
Minister Renjifo, who has held his current position since September 2012, talked about the prospects and challenges in Colombia’s critically important energy and mining sectors. Minister Renjifo previously served as President Juan Manuel Santos’ minister of the interior and secretary general of the presidency. The minister’s opening remarks were followed by a wide-ranging exchange with participants.

June 19, 2013: Nicaragua's Canal: What should we expect?
By Margaret Myers
On Wednesday, June 19, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted Ronald MacLean-Abaroa, spokesperson for HKND Group and former mayor of La Paz, Bolivia for an off-the-record background discussion on Nicaragua’s proposed inter-oceanic canal.

June 19, 2013: Subcommittee Hearing: Regional Security Cooperation: An Examination of the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI)
By Colin Lubelczyk
Testifying before the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on Wednesday, June 19, experts agreed that the troubling security situations in Central America and the Caribbean demand sustained US attention.

June 12, 2013: Peru's President Stresses Social Inclusion, Stronger Ties With U.S
By Megan Cook
Peruvian President Ollanta Humala spoke about U.S.-Peru relations and his administration's domestic priorities at an event co-hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue on June 10.

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 30, 2013: Demystifying Russia-Latin America Relations
By Margaret Myers
The Inter-American Dialogue was pleased to host a discussion of Russia’s relations with Latin America over the past decade. Once a considerable presence in Latin America, Russian activity in the region is now seemingly limited to high-level visits and arms sales. As Russia looks to establish reliable global partnerships, however, and to strengthen its position in a multi-polar world, Latin America is receiving more attention in Russian foreign policy. How is Russia’s view of Latin America evolving? Vladimir Rouvinski of ICESI University in Colombia, Viktor Kheifets of Saint Petersburg State University in Russia, Evan Ellis, a professor at the Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies at the National Defense University in Washington, DC, and Bruce Bagley of the University of Miami answered this and other questions in a panel discussion of Russia’s perceived ‘return’ to Latin America. Opening remarks were followed by commentary from Gonzalo Paz of American University.

May 29, 2013: China, Latin America and the Changing Architecture of Trans-Pacific Engagement
By Margaret Myers
The Inter-American Dialogue and the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) Section for Asia and the Americas were pleased to host a discussion of economic integration along the Pacific Rim. Latin American nations are increasingly supportive of multilateral strategies for advancing common interests vis-à-vis Asia. The Pacific Alliance and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), in particular, endeavor to harmonize trans-Pacific trade and investment. How do Latin American countries intend to leverage emerging trans-Pacific agreements to encourage economic integration? How does China view these arrangements? And how will the changing architecture of the Pacific Rim affect Chinese interests in Latin America?

May 23, 2013: The Next Chapter of Drug Policy Innovation in Latin America: A Conversation with Julio Calzada, Secretary of Uruguay’s National Drugs Board
By Seth Kolker
On May 23 the Inter-American Dialogue and WOLA hosted a discussion of drug policy innovation in Uruguay and across the Western Hemisphere with Julio Calzada, Secretary of Uruguay’s National Drugs Board (Junta Nacional de Drogas, JND.

May 22, 2013: Citizen Security in Colombia: A Conversation with Director of the National Police, José Roberto León Riaño
By Cameron Combs
On Wednesday, May 22 the Dialogue hosted a discussion on citizen security and crime prevention with General José Roberto León Riaño, director of Colombia’s National Police.

May 22, 2013: President Obama's Visit and the Outlook for US Relations with Mexico and Central America
By Rachel Schwartz
On May 22, the Inter-American Dialogue held a private Congressional dinner to reflect on the outcomes of President Obama's visit to Mexico and Costa Rica. The dinner was co-hosted by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) and Representative Michael McCaul (R-TX).

May 21, 2013: Albert Hirschman’s Uncommon Vision of Latin America
By Allie Bobak
The symposium paid tribute to one of the twentieth century’s most original and stimulating thinkers in international political economy. Hirschman had a deep passion for and commitment to Latin America, and his experience in the region profoundly shaped his work.

May 17, 2013: A Conversation on President Obama’s Visit to Central America with the Region’s Ambassadors in Washington
By Rachel Schwartz
On Friday, May 17 the Dialogue hosted a discussion of President Barack Obama’s trip to Central America earlier this month and its significance for the region and its relations with the United States.

April 29, 2013: President Obama's Visit to Central America and Mexico
By Rachel Schwartz
A special roundtable to discuss President Obama’s upcoming trip to Mexico and Costa Rica.

April 16, 2013: Will Latin America’s Economic Success be Sustained? A Historical Perspective
By Leba Sable
On April 16th the Dialogue hosted a discussion of Latin America’s economic history and current trajectory featuring José Antonio Ocampo.

April 10, 2013: Panama's Political Outlook: A Conversation with Juan Carlos Navarro
By Peter Demers
On April 10, 2013, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion of Panama’s political outlook and challenges with presidential hopeful Juan Carlos Navarro.

April 8, 2013: The Meaning of Pope Francis for Latin America
By Cameron Combs
Cardinal McCarrick, who went to Rome for the recent papal conclave, is highly regarded in the Catholic Church in the United States and throughout the world. At the Inter-American Dialogue, he shared some thoughts and reflections on the significance of having the first pope from the Americas.

April 5, 2013: Latinoamerica 2030
By Allie Bobak
Assembled by the Millennium Project, a worldwide network of analysts studying long-term global trends, the report "Latinoamerica 2030" reviews a series of four scenarios for the future of Latin America. It provides a 20-year horizon of the issues and policy options for the region’s political, economic, and social development.

April 4, 2013: A Conversation with President of Paraguay, Federico Franco
By Cameron Combs
President Franco will review the political and economic landscape in his country, share his thoughts on the presidential and congressional elections that will take place on April 21, and offer his views about Paraguay’s relations with its neighbors and the United States.

April 4, 2013: A Conversation with José R. Cabañas, Chief of the Cuban Interests Section
By Tim Heine
Ambassador Cabañas, a career diplomat who previously served as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Ambassador to Austria, talked about the outlook for economic and political changes underway in Cuba, the state of relations with the United States, and Cuba’s role in hemispheric affairs.

April 4, 2013: Security Roundtable with the Ambassadors of Central America
By Kimberly Covington
Central American countries have taken bold steps to address the region’s troubled security situation, but there are still many lessons to be learned, concluded security experts in a meeting with a group of the region’s ambassadors at a private roundtable cohosted by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Inter-American Development Bank.

March 28, 2013: Argentina's Economic and Political Outlook
By Peter Demers
On Thursday, March 28 the Dialogue hosted a roundtable discussion on the economic and political outlook for Argentina with experts Miguel Kiguel and Hector Schamis.

March 25, 2013: Global Trends 2030: Challenges for Latin America
By Allie Bobak
A discussion of how long term global trends in critical areas such as energy, education, population, armed conflict, and governance will affect the future of Latin America.

March 22, 2013: Perspectives on the Future of China-Venezuela Relations
By Margaret Myers
China became a critical economic partner for Venezuela over the past decade. To date, the South American nation has received more financing from China than any other country. But what is the likelihood of continued high-level, bilateral cooperation in a post-Chávez political environment?

March 19, 2013: Post-Chávez Era: Prospects for Venezuela
By Tim Heine
The passing of President Hugo Chávez has left a huge void in an already weakened Venezuelan state. Whatever the outcome of the April 14 presidential elections, an untested leader will face an enormously difficult period of transition—in a country beset by extreme political polarization, a shaky economy, pervasive criminal violence, and intense social demands.

March 14, 2013: Public Media in the Americas
By Cameron Combs
Democratization may have fundamentally altered the Latin American political landscape in the 1980s and ‘90s, but its effects have lagged in the information realm. All too often, the region’s media have been controlled by a handful of companies, limiting citizen access to balanced reporting. The resurgence of the left – historically targeted by these oligarchs – has sought to counter this phenomenon with state-owned newspapers and broadcast outlets. Public media – independent and not-for-profit programming – however, seem to have been left without a champion.

March 14, 2013: Criminal Violence in Mexico: Challenges for the Peña Nieto Administration
By Andres Quinche
International Crisis Group experts Javier Ciurlizza and Mark L. Schneider discuss Mexico's security challenges and new strategies from the Peña Nieto administration.

March 7, 2013: Security and Human Rights in Honduras: A Conversation with Julieta Castellanos
By Peter Demers
On March 7, the Inter-American Dialogue held a discussion on human rights and security challenges in Honduras with civil, intellectual, and academic leader Julieta Castellanos.

February 27, 2013: A Conversation with Fernando Carrera, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Guatemala
By Allie Bobak
Minister Carrera reviewed Guatemala’s continuing policy challenges, focusing on security, drug policy, immigration, and economic relations, both within the context of the US-Guatemala relationship and regional cooperation.

February 26, 2013: Education Reform in Antioquia, Colombia: A Conversation with Governor Sergio Fajardo
By Carolina Espinel
Sergio Fajardo, governor of the Antioquía Department of Colombia and former vice-presidential candidate for the Green Party, discussed his administration’s agenda, with a focus on education reform efforts.

February 22, 2013: Financial crime trends in the Caribbean and the implications for Jamaica
By Tim Heine
A discussion featuring Peter Bunting, Jamaica’s Minister of National Security, and Mark Golding, Jamaica’s Minister of Justice. Our discussion focused in particular on the incidence of lottery scams and their implications for illicit commerce and organized crime, in Jamaica especially and the Caribbean more widely.

February 21, 2013: Peru's Political and Institutional Agenda: A Conversation with the Speaker of Congress
By Tim Heine
Peru has captured international attention both because of its robust economic growth as well as its social unrest. Speaker Victor Isla Rojas, a lawyer who has served as congressman of the Peruvian National Party (PNP) since 2006, shared his thoughts on the country’s legislative agenda and priorities during a visit to the Dialogue on February 21. Following his opening remarks, Cynthia McClintock, a political science professor at George Washington University and leading authority on Peru, offered commentary before a wide-ranging exchange with participants.

February 7, 2013: Presentación del Reporte de la Comisión México-Estados Unidos del Inter-American Dialogue, Una Agenda Más Ambiciosa
By COMEXI
En un evento organizado por el Consejo Mexicano de Asuntos Internacionales (COMEXI), se presentó el Reporte elaborado por la Comisión México-Estados Unidos del Diálogo Interamericano (Inter-American Dialogue).

February 6, 2013: A More Ambitious Agenda: A Report of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Commission on Mexico-US Relations
By Allie Bobak
Members of a special Inter-American Dialogue Commission on Mexico-US relations gathered to discuss a report that calls for a more ambitious approach to this important, bilateral relationship.

January 31, 2013: Colombia’s Peace Process: Debating the Prospects for an Agreement and Beyond
By Cameron Combs and Tim Heine
A discussion on Colombia’s peace process between the government of Juan Manuel Santos and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).

January 31, 2013: Congressional Staff Roundtable: Colombia's Peace Process
By Peter Demers
With negotiations currently underway in Havana between the FARC and the Colombian government, the Dialogue will hold a Congressional staff roundtable on the country’s peace process with six highly respected and informed analysts and former government officials from Colombia.

January 28, 2013: Drug Policy in Latin America: What Comes Next?
By Kimberly Covington
Speaking at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, former President of Colombia César Gaviria, Minister of Justice Ruth Stella Correa, Former Chief of Police Oscar Naranjo and Mexico's former Minister of the Interior Alejandro Poiré addressed the need for alternative strategies in Latin America's long struggle against drug trafficking and drug-related violence.

January 24, 2013: The Rise of The Latin American Middle Class
By Allie Bobak
World Bank Latin American Chief Economist Augusto de la Torre and Senior Economist Julian Messina discussed the region’s rapidly expanding middle class and what it means for Latin America's future.

January 17, 2013: Policy Discussion and Book Launch: Illicit Commerce in the Americas
By Tim Heine
The Dialogue was please to host a policy discussion on illicit trafficking in the Western Hemisphere featuring Peter Andreas of Brown University’s Political Science Department and the Watson Institute for International Studies, Vanda Felbab-Brown of the Brookings Institution and Steven Dudley of InSight Crime and the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars.

January 15, 2013: Deepening the Relationship: Prospects for US-Brazil Commercial and Bilateral Ties
By Cameron Combs
What are the prospects for trade and the broader bilateral relationship between the hemisphere's two largest democracies?

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.

December 14, 2012: Bolivia's economy under Evo Morales
By Laura Zaccagnino
Juan Antonio Morales, president of the Central Bank of Bolivia for over a decade (1995-2006), and Ronald MacLean Abaroa, former Bolivian minister of finance and mayor of La Paz, shared their thoughts on the state of the Bolivian economy, prospects for growth and poverty reduction and the impact of the government’s economic agenda.

December 14, 2012: The Market for Money Transfers: Ranking of Remittance Service Providers in Latin America & the Caribbean
By Kim Scott
The Dialogue report reviews trends in market competition among remittance service providers, focusing on ten country corridors in the United States to Latin America and the Caribbean. These corridors represent a 75 percent share of the $69 billion global market for money transfers. Our analysis ranks remittance service providers based on twelve indicators that are of particular relevance to the money transfer industry. Rankings are based on extensive research of nearly 50 remittance service providers representing 90 percent of all remittance flows from the United States to Latin America and the Caribbean.

December 10, 2012: The State of the Region: Findings of the AmericasBarometer 2012 Survey (PDF)
By Laura Zaccagnino
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Inter-American Dialogue co-hosted a policy discussion on the findings of the newly completed AmericasBarometer 2012 survey.

December 5, 2012: New Century, Old Disparities: Gender, Ethnicity, and Income Inequality in Latin America
By Alexandra Bobak
Education remains the best means to address persistent income inequality based on gender and race in Latin America, argued Hugo Ñopo. Ñopo, a leading economist at the Inter-American Development Bank, presented the findings from his latest book, New Century, Old Disparities: Gender, Ethnicity, and Income Inequality in Latin America on December 5 at the Inter-American Dialogue.

December 5, 2012: Lessons from Colombia's War on Drugs
By Sharon McCoy
A discussion exploring the far-reaching implications of Colombia’s drug policies and the region’s current debate on alternative drug policy solutions.

November 29, 2012: A Discussion on Mexico's Education Challenges
By Claudia Vanegas
Claudio González and David Calderón, president and general director, respectively, of Mexicanos Primero, joined PREAL for a discussion of the education challenges confronting the incoming Peña Nieto administration.

November 27, 2012: Bolivia's Constitution and Human Rights: A Conversation with Dr. Hector Arce Zaconeta
By Cameron Combs
The Dialogue was delighted to host a discussion with Dr. Hector Arce Zaconeta, a leading member of Bolivia’s Chamber of Deputies from the MAS (Movimiento al Socialismo) party.

November 14, 2012: Mexico-US Relations and Hemispheric Challenges: A Conversation with Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan
By Rachel Sadon
The Dialogue was pleased to host Arturo Sarukhan, Mexico's ambassador to the United States, who reflected on the US-Mexico relationship.

November 12, 2012: The US Elections: Implications for Latin America
By Sharon McCoy
Speaking at a special roundtable event at the Dialogue on November 12, Dialogue experts expressed optimism that, after the November 6 US elections, the political terrain may have shifted on issues like drugs, Cuba, and most importantly, immigration.

November 8, 2012: Land Restitution and Rural Development in Colombia: A Conversation with Minister of Agriculture Juan Camilo Restrepo
By Cameron Combs
Armed conflict has displaced millions of Colombians over the past thirty years, a legacy the government of Juan Manuel Santos sought to remedy by passing landmark legislation addressing land restitution and victims’ rights. Minister Juan Camilo Restrepo, who served as minister of the economy and minister of energy and mines under previous administrations, commented on the implementation of this important and complex law in light of the negotiations underway between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC)

November 2, 2012: Then and Now: Racial Discrimination and Inequality in Latin America
By Dana Preston
Despite a veneer of racial tolerance in Latin America, customary law and practice has perpetuated racial inequality across the region, according to Tanya Hernández, professor of law at Fordham University. Hernández spoke at the Dialogue on November 2 to launch her latest book, Then and Now: Racial Discrimination and Inequality in Latin America. Accompanied by Judith Morrison, senior advisor for Gender and Diversity at the Inter-American Development Bank, Hernández argued that both law and practice have discriminated against the region’s 150 million Afro-descendants

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 25, 2012: What Will it Take for Brazil to Regain its Economic Vigor?
By Sharon McCoy
Though optimistic about the ability of the Brazilian government to recapture the country’s strong economic growth, Deborah Wetzel, World Bank country director for Brazil, remained cautious in the face of several institutional and fiscal challenges.

September 25, 2012: Latin America: A Region in Transition
By Mary Dempsey
The United States is not adequately supporting human rights, peace and sustainable economic growth in Latin America—and is unlikely to do so in the near term, former US President Jimmy Carter told participants at the XVI Annual Conference of CAF-the Development Bank of Latin America.

September 21, 2012: Chinese Trade and Investment in Latin America: Perspectives from Colombia and Ecuador
By Margaret Myers
Colombia and Ecuador have strikingly different relationships with China, explained Paulina Durango and Ricardo Duarte during an event at the Inter-American Dialogue on September 21, 2012.

September 18, 2012: China's Leadership Transition: Implications for Latin America
By Margaret Myers
China’s politics are highly opaque according to David Shambaugh, who offered thoughts on China’s upcoming leadership transition and implications for Latin America at the Inter-American Dialogue on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.

September 14, 2012: Panama: Beyond the Canal
By Rachel Schwartz
On September 14, 2012, the Dialogue and CSIS co-sponsored a conversation on Panama's current reality and challenges, featuring distinguished members of Panama's government and private sector.

September 13, 2012: The Press and Electoral Politics in Venezuela
By Dana Preston
On Thursday, September 13th, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation on the press and upcoming elections in Venezuela. The discussion marked the recent launch of a special report on press freedom in Venezuela published by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

September 12, 2012: Human rights in Colombia: Book Launch of "Throwing Stones at the Moon"
By Laura Zaccagnino
At a recent discussion held at the Inter-American Dialogue on the human rights crisis in Colombia and prospects for peace, the tone was one of “cautious optimism.” The August 12 event marked the launch of "Throwing Stones at the Moon: Narratives from Colombians Displaced by Violence (Voice of Witness)," a set of oral histories that capture the phenomenon of forced displacement among Colombian peasants.

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 20, 2012: US-Mexico Commission
By Kimberly Covington
On August 20, the Inter-American Dialogue held a meeting of its US-Mexico Commission, which discussed how to improve bilateral cooperation on key areas such as trade, immigration, and security.

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: Mexico's Next Sexenio: What Lies Ahead?
By Julia Yansura
On July 26, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation on what to expect from Mexico’s incoming presidential administration, which will take office on December 1, 2012.

July 25, 2012: Assessing Humala's First Year
By Mariel Aramburu
In light of Ollanta Humala's first anniversary as president of Peru, the Dialogue convened two leading analysts who provided insight into the economic and political dimensions of the country, with commentary provided by the Peruvian Ambassador to the United States.

July 25, 2012: The Future of US-Mexico Cooperation
By Jacob Weisenthal
On July 25, the Inter-American Dialogue held a private roundtable discussion on the the future of US-Mexico cooperation with distinguished members of Congress, officials from the Obama administration, and Washington area policy analysts.

July 9, 2012: A Conversation with President Fernando Henrique Cardoso
By Kimberly Covington
A group of leading policy analysts convened to discuss hemispheric drug policy alongside former president of Brazil and Dialogue chair emeritus, Fernando Henrique Cardoso.

July 6, 2012: The Implications of Lugo’s Ouster for Paraguay
By Patricia Ortigoza
The Inter-American Dialogue was pleased to host a timely discussion focusing on the significance and implications of President Fernando Lugo’s removal from office by the Paraguayan Senate on June 22nd.

June 22, 2012: Latin America and the Illusion of Peace
By Mariel Aramburu
Latin America’s security architecture is not designed to prevent the use of military force, but rather its escalation, argued David Mares, author of Latin America and the Illusion of Peace. On June 22 at the International Institute of Strategic Studies (IISS-US), Mares and Inter-American Dialogue president Michael Shifter discussed sources of inter-state conflict in Latin America and policy options to foster stability in the region, issues addressed in the IISS’ newest Adelphi book.

June 21, 2012: Police Reform in Mexico: The Challenge of Institutional Change
By Julia Yansura
On June 21, the Inter-American Dialogue held a discussion on police reform in Mexico, featuring Daniel Sabet, author of the new book Police Reform in Mexico: Informal Politics and the Challenge of Institutional Change. The session was co-sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Mexico Institute at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

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.

June 19, 2012: Citizen Security Roundtable with Aminta Granera
By Kimberly Covington
In a private conversation with members of the joint Dialogue-IDB roundtable on citizen security in the Americas on June 19, Nicaragua's Police Chief, Aminta Granera detailed how Nicaragua's unique history has shaped a community-focused police force that remains one of the most effective in the violence-plagued region of Central America.

May 29, 2012: Democracy, Growth, and Discontent in Latin America: A Conversation with Marta Lagos, Director of Latinobarómetro (PDF)
By Luis Ferreira
Latin Americans overall are content despite economic differences throughout the region, said Marta Lagos, director of Latinobarómetro at a May 29 discussion hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Organization of American States. Lagos discussed the results of the 2011 Latinobarómetro public opinion survey and what it says about the attitudes of Latin America’s growing middle class. World Bank economist Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva and Dialogue president Michael Shifter commented on the report.

May 22, 2012: Sustaining Latin America’s Leadership on Drug Policy
By Kimberly Covington
On May 22, the Dialogue hosted a private workshop of distinguished analysts and former officials to address what can and should be done to reshape drug policy in the Americas. Participants debated ideas to enhance the impact of voices in Latin America urging serious debate on international drug policies and an intense, open-minded search for alternative approaches.

May 22, 2012: 15th Annual Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium
By Jacob Weisenthal
Cooperation in the western hemisphere is not new; the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and Organization of American States (OAS), among others, represent commitments to collaboration within the Americas. Nonetheless, the 15th Annual Western Hemisphere Security Colloquium – sponsored by several Washington-area institutions including the Inter-American Dialogue– emphasized the “imperative” for Latin America and its northern neighbors to explore deeper levels of cooperation against growing challenges posed by non-traditional, transnational threats.

May 15, 2012: Winning the War on Inequality and Poverty in Latin America
By Kim Covington
On May 15, the Dialogue honored Enrique Iglesias for his many contributions to economic and social advance in Latin America. Experts gathered to assess Latin America’s recent advances and setbacks in social development, and to present the results of the joint Dialogue-Tulane Commitment to Equity Initiative (CEQ).

May 14, 2012: XVII Latin America Economies Roundtable
By Alexis Arthur
At the seventeenth meeting of the Latin American Economies Roundtable participants discussed the overwhelming pessimism hanging over the future of the eurozone as the crisis drags on. In the United States, signs of recovery have prompted cautious optimism. While in Latin America, the region continues to focus on China’s outlook rather than the impact of the eurozone crisis on the region.

May 11, 2012: Citizen Security in Latin America
By Alexis Arthur
Gino Costa, former Minister of the Interior in Peru and President of Lima-based think tank Ciudad Nuestra, presented the findings of a recent Dialogue paper, "Citizen Security in Latin America”. Costa’s rigorous analysis highlights five critically important indicators of citizen security in the region: homicide; victimization; perceptions of insecurity; confidence in the police; and the prison system. Steven Dudley, Co-Director of InSight Crime, provided commentary on Costa's remarks.

May 7, 2012: Future Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean
By Sarah Cardona
On May 7, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a roundtable discussion on its new report, Future Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean.

May 1, 2012: From Gender Blind to Gender Conscious: A Discussion on Gender Equity in Latin America
By Scott Odell
On Tuesday, May 1, the Inter-American Dialogue held a discussion on the World Bank’s most recent study on gender in Latin America, "Work and Family: Latin American and Caribbean Women in Search of a New Balance."

April 27, 2012: Journalists at Risk in Central America: What Can Be Done?
By Rachel Schwartz
On April 27, the Dialogue hosted a conversation on risks to journalists in Central America, featuring three of the region's top journalists: Carlos Dada of El Salvador, Julie López of Guatemala, and Carlos Fernando Chamorro of Nicaragua.

April 26, 2012: Countering Criminal Violence in Central America: US Policy Responses
By Rachel Schwartz
On April 26, the Inter-American Dialogue held a discussion on Capitol Hill to discuss rising criminal violence in Central America and what the United States can do to help the region's countries combat it. The event was sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein, chairman of the Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Control.

April 25, 2012: The Catholic Church and Economic and Political Change in Cuba
By Luis Ferreira
On April 25, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation on the Cuba’s evolving political and economic situation and how the Catholic Church views its role in the country with Roberto Veiga, the editor of Espacio Laical, a lay publication on current affairs, and University of Denver scholar Arturo Lopez-Levy.

April 25, 2012: A Conversation with Santiago Levy on the IDB’s 2012 Macroeconomic Report
By Alexandra Solano
IDB Vice President Santiago Levy presented the findings of the 2012 Macroeconomic Report, "The World of Forking Paths: Latin America and the Caribbean Facing Global Economic Risks," speaking at the Dialogue on April 25. The report identifies the region's critical vulnerabilities and how it can prepare for external shocks that could emerge.

April 23, 2012: Elections in the Dominican Republic: Where is the Country Headed?
By Luis Ferreira
Dominican Republic experts Bernardo Vega, Eduardo Gamarra and Rosario Espinal participated in a roundtable exchange at the Dialogue on the DR’s upcoming elections and their significance for the future of the country. Though the two candidates face a tight race, most panelists agreed that neither party would bring significant changes to the Dominican Republic, if elected.

April 13, 2012: Congressional Staff Roundtable: Countering Criminal Violence in Central America
By Rachel Schwartz
On April 13, the Council on Foreign Relations hosted a roundtable discussion with Dialogue president Michael Shifter in the US Capitol building to exchange ideas with Congressional staff members on his new report Countering Criminal Violence in Central America, commissioned and published by the Council’s Center for Preventive Action. The high-level group of over 30 staff members explored a range of topics relating to Central America’s precarious security situation—from emerging trends in drug trafficking and organized crime violence to the efficacy of the current US response.

April 11, 2012: Remaking the Relationship: The United States and Latin America
By Amber Hodgen
The Inter-American Dialogue held a roundtable discussion on April 11 to formally release its recently completed policy report, Remaking the Relationship: The United States and Latin America. Dialogue president Michael Shifter was joined by Dialogue co-chair and CEO of Hills & Company Carla Hills, Dialogue member and senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Moisés Naím, and Dialogue president emeritus Peter Hakim.

April 10, 2012: Drug Policy at the Summit of the Americas
By Luis Ferreira
The Colombian government has announced that drug policy will be on the agenda for discussion among the heads of state at the Summit of the Americas at the end of this week. A panel of drug policy experts will gather at the Dialogue to suggest specific areas that the assembled leaders should focus on when considering alternative drug control policies, and what recommendations they would most like to emerge from the Summit.

April 5, 2012: A Press Roundtable on President Dilma Rousseff’s Visit to Washington
By Kim Covington
President Rousseff is coming to Washington one year after President Obama’s visit to Brazil. The agenda they will be dealing with has not changed much in the interim. Brazil experts Paulo Soltero, of the Woodrow Wilson Center and Joao Augusto de Castro Neves from the Eurasia Group joined with Peter Hakim and Michael Shifter to discuss the prospects for Dilma's visit and the future of US-Brazil relations.

April 3, 2012: A New Vision for Mexico 2042: Achieving Prosperity for All (PDF)
By Alexandra Solano
Where will Mexico be in 2042? According to the authors of a new study, Mexico will be trailing behind emerging countries if much needed reforms are not implemented now.

April 2, 2012: Despite the Odds: Bold Education Reform in the City of Buenos Aires
By Alexandra Solano
On April 2, the Dialogue hosted a discussion on a series of bold reforms recently enacted by the Ministry of Education of the City of Buenos Aires. These include provisions that have proved politically difficult to address in countries throughout the region, such as student assessments, teacher evaluations, and changes in the criteria for assigning teachers to schools.

March 28, 2012: Reforming Public Security in Honduras: A Conversatino with Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado
By Amber Hodgen
On March 28, the Inter-American Dialogue held an exchange with the president of the Congress of Honduras Juan Orlando Hernández Alvarado—who led a discussion on the country’s plans to tackle rising crime through legislative reforms.

March 27, 2012: A Conversation with Alberto Otárola: Defense Minister of Peru
By Luis Ferreira
The Dialogue hosted a discussion featuring Peru’s Defense Minister, Alberto Otarola. Minister Otarola discussed Peru’s defense agenda and the priorities of the Ollanta Humala Administration. He also shared his perspective on regional security trends and the prospects for more effective cooperation within Latin America and the United States.

March 23, 2012: Human Rights and Extractive Industries in Peru
By Rachel Schwartz
The Inter-American Dialogue will host a discussion on human rights and extractive industries in Peru with Ministers Juan Jiménez Mayor (Minister of Justice and Human Rights), Guillermo Shinno Huamaní (Vice Minister of Mines), Iván Lanegra Quispe (Vice Minister of Intercultural Affairs), and Gabriel Quijandría Acosta (Vice Minister of Strategic Development of Natural Resrouces).

March 20, 2012: Is Latin America Ready to Cope with Climate Change? A Discussion of the Global Adaptation Index
By Luis Ferreira
Juan José Daboub, the founder and CEO of the Global Adaptation Institute, gave a presentation at the Dialogue on the Institute's Global Adaptation Index. Launched in September 2011, GAIn summarizes a country's vulnerability to climate change and other global challenges, and reports on its ability to defend itself against the damaging effects.

March 19, 2012: The Mexican Elections and the Future of Social Democracy in Mexico
By Alexandra Solano
The Inter-American Dialogue and Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars will host a discussion with Jesús Zambrano Grijalva, current president of the Party of the Democratic Revolution, Mexico’s largest party of the left. He began his political career in his home state of Sonora as a student leader and ultimately become one of the PRD’s founding members. He later served in Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies and held numerous leadership positions in Mexico City’s government during the administration of Andrés Manuel López Obrador. Mr. Zambrano will speak on Mexico’s upcoming national election and the impact it will have on Mexican society.

March 15, 2012: A Conversation with US Heads of Mission in the Andean Region
By Luis Ferreira
Relations between the United States and the countries of the Andes remain stable despite recent changes in the region, according to the US heads of mission, speaking at the Inter-American Dialogue on March 15. The Dialogue held a discussion with U.S. ambassadors, Rose Likins (Peru) and Michael McKinley (Colombia), and Chargés d'Affaires, John Creamer (Bolivia) and James Derham (Venezuela) to review developments in US-Andean ties.

March 15, 2012: The Cartagena Summit: Agenda, Challenges, and Expectations
By Luis Ferreira
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on the upcoming Summit of the Americas, which will take place in Cartagena, Colombia on April 14 to 15. Our featured guests included Ambassador Jaime Girón, the Summit Coordinator for the Colombian Government; John Feeley, the Summit coordinator for the US State Department; Sherry Tross, the Summit Secretary for the OAS and Harriet Babbitt, former U.S. Ambassador to the OAS and Deputy Administrator of USAID. The session focused on the proposed agenda for discussion among the assembled heads of state and on the expected outcomes of their deliberations. We will also examine some of the key challenges that Summit participants are likely to confront in the course of their two day meeting.

March 14, 2012: The Panama Canal: Progress and Outlook
By Daniela de Gonzalez-Arguelles
Alberto Alemán Zubieta, who has been at the helm of the canal for the past 16 years, discussed the history of the canal’s administration and the economic impact of the expansion project during a roundtable discussion at the Inter-American Dialogue on March 14.

March 9, 2012: Haiti, Looking Ahead
By Luis Ferreira
Former Chilean foreign minister Mariano Fernández, who currently serves as special representative and secretary-general of MINUSTAH, the UN’s eight-year old security mission to Haiti reviewed the progress made by Haiti’s year-old government and the challenges it faces in the coming period. He also examined the evolving role of MINUSTAH and the international community in the country.

March 9, 2012: A Discussion with Director General Yang Wanming
By Margaret Myers
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a private meeting with the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs Director General for Latin America on Friday, March 9th. During the meeting, Director General Yang Wanming addressed a group of about ten experts on China-Latin America relations, answering a series of questions on China's foreign policy toward the Americas.

March 8, 2012: Reaching Out to Women: A Conversation with Vanda Pignato
By Amber Hodgen
On March 8, the Inter-American Dialogue held an exchange with El Salvador’s first lady and secretary of social inclusion Vanda Pignato—who led a discussion on the country’s imaginative approach to providing needed service to women.

March 7, 2012: Demystifying the Chinese Economy
By Alexis Arthur
We are pleased to announce a conversation with World Bank Chief Economist Justin Lin about his just-released book Demystifying the Chinese Economy to be held at the Inter-American Dialogue. Mr. Lin has served at the Bank for the past four years. Previously he was the Founding Director and Professor of the China Center for Economic Research (CCER) at Peking University. Carnegie Senior Associate and former director of Foreign Policy Magazine Moisés Naím will participate in the exchange.

March 6, 2012: A Conversation with Andrés Allamand: Defense Minister of Chile
By Luis Ferreira
While classic wars are now less common, interstate conflicts are increasing, said Chile’s defense minister Andrés Allamand during a discussion hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue on March 6.

March 1, 2012: The Argentine Economy: Near and Longer-Term Prospects
By Rachel Sadon
Argentina is likely to be the first Latin American country to become a "developed country" and could do so by 2020, the Inter-American Development Bank's executive director for Argentina, Eugenio Díaz Bonilla, said Thursday at the Inter-American Dialogue. Despite a decade of warnings about unsound economic policy, Argentina has thrived in recent years with one of the region's highest growth rates. However, Daniel Marx, a former Argentine finance undersecretary, at the same event said, "The country is heading for a slowdown."

February 23, 2012: A Conversation on the UNODC 2011 Global Study on Homicides: A Private Roundtable with Angela Me, Chief of Statistics for the UN Drugs and Crime Office (UNODC)
By Kim Covington
The second roundtable meeting in a series on citizen security in the Americas sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank and the Inter-American Dialogue hosted Angela Me, Chief of Statistics for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Dr. Me presented the 2011 Global Study on Homicide, and participants engaged in a wide ranging discussion of the report's implications for Latin America and the Caribbean.

February 22, 2012: Social Inclusion in Peru: A Conversation with Minister Carolina Trivelli
By Alexandra Solano
With only four months since its establishment, Peru’s Ministry of Development and Social Inclusion (MIDIS) is already setting itself up to reshape social policy in the region. Carolina Trivelli, head of the ministry, was at the Inter-American Dialogue on February 22 to discuss the plans and challenges of her new charge.

February 22, 2012: Venezuela's Presidential Elections: Role of Independent Voters (PDF)
By Luis Ferreira
With presidential elections scheduled for the October 7, all eyes are on Venezuela’s voters. On February 22, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion featuring Father José Virtuoso, rector of the Catholic University Andrés Bello, who shared findings of a recent study on Venezuela’s non-aligned voters, a significant segment of the electorate that could play a key role in the upcoming presidential contest.

February 17, 2012: Chinese Loans to Latin America: A Better Deal? (PDF)
By Kevin Gallagher, Amos Irwin, and Katherine Koleski
In their Inter-American Dialogue report, “The New Banks in Town: Chinese Finance in Latin America,” Kevin Gallagher, Amos Irwin, and Katherine Koleski offer the first comprehensive summary of China’s lending practices in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). The authors provide estimates of the volume, composition, and characteristics of Chinese lending to the region since 2005, offer comparisons to international and Western lending institutions, and examine some commonly held notions about Chinese loans to LAC. These include claims that China’s loans have less favorable terms than those of international financial institutions (IFIs) and Western banks, that Chinese lending carries few policy conditions, and that Chinese lenders impose less stringent environmental guidelines than their Western counterparts. The report lends credence to some of these claims, but less so to others.

February 15, 2012: Gang Violence and Security in Central America: A Conversation with Tom Bruneau
By Daniela de Gonzalez-Arguelles
A discussion with Naval Postgraduate School professor Tom Bruneau to launch his latest book Maras: Gang Violence and Security in Central America (University of Texas Press).

February 10, 2012: Initiative on Security and Migration in Central America and Mexico: Second Meeting, Guatemala
By Rachel Schwartz
On February 10 and 11, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the second meeting of its initiative on security and migration in Central America and Mexico, in conjunction with the Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales (ASIES) and La Red Centroamericana de Centros de Pensamiento e Incidencia.

February 10, 2012: Initiative on Security and Migration in Central America and Mexico: Second Meeting, Guatemala
By Rachel Schwartz
On February 10 and 11, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the second meeting of its initiative on security and migration in Central America and Mexico, in conjunction with the Asociación de Investigación y Estudios Sociales (ASIES) and La Red Centroamericana de Centros de Pensamiento e Incidencia.

February 8, 2012: A Conversation with Hal Weitzman, author of "Latin Lessons"
By Luis Ferreira
Discussion with Financial Times correspondent Hal Weitzman to launch his new book, Latin Lessons: How Latin America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering (Wiley).

February 3, 2012: Labor and Social Policy in Colombia: A Conversation with Minister Rafael Pardo
By Luis Ferreira
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on Colombia’s labor and social policy agenda featuring Labor Minister Rafael Pardo.

January 25, 2012: A Discussion on the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act and its Implications for Latin America
By Rachel Sadon
A discussion of the implications for Latin America of the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA)

January 24, 2012: A Conversation with Ricardo Lagos
By Sarah Cardona
On Tuesday, January 24, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with former president of Chile Ricardo Lagos to launch his new book, Southern Tiger: Chile’s Fight for a Peaceful and Democratic Future (Palgrave Macmillan).

December 19, 2011: The Global Economic Crisis: Impact on Poverty in Latin America
By Kim Covington
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with the World Bank Poverty Reduction and Gender Group Sector Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, Louise Cord, on the impact of the global crisis on poverty and inequality in Latin America. Two questions guided the discussion—why poverty has continued to decline despite the crisis and what now has to be done to avoid losing ground to the economic uncertainty and slowdown in much of the region.Commentary was provided by Judith Morrison, the Inter-American Development Bank’s senior advisor for the Gender and Diversity Unit, and Jeffrey Puryear, vice president for Social Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue.

December 7, 2011: Mexico's Foreign Policy: The Issues and Choices Ahead
By Christian Reyes
The Inter-American Dialogue with the Woodrow Wilson Center held a discussion of Mexico’s foreign policy challenges. Our featured guest was Mexican scholar Rafael Fernández de Castro, who served as foreign policy adviser to President Calderón. Dr. Fernández de Castro reviewed the most important issues and choices confronting Mexico in its relations with the US as both countries prepare for presidential elections next year. He also examined the prospects and potential risks of Mexico’s taking on a larger foreign policy role in Central and South America—and discussed the global opportunities and challenges facing Mexico. Andrew Selee, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, provided commentary.

December 6, 2011: Global Trends and the Future of Latin America
By Luis Ferreira
On December 6, 2011, the Dialogue organized a one-day workshop at the Inter-American Development Bank.

November 22, 2011: Beyond the China Boom: Latin America's Long-Term Growth Prospects
By Alexis Arthur
Latin America must look beyond current patterns of trade if it is to achieve long-term growth, according to World Bank senior economist Augusto de la Torre. He was joined by Alejandro Izquierdo and Claudio Loser at the Inter-American Dialogue on November 22 to discuss the region’s economic relations with China and the future of economic growth.

November 22, 2011: Cuba: the Politics of Transition
By Will Vogt
Recent scholarship on Cuba and its political transition has identified a “crisis of the socialist political model,” according to Harvard professor and Temas journal editor Rafael Hernández. Hernández was joined by Julia Sweig, director of Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for the event hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue on November 22, to explore political changes currently underway in Cuba.

November 21, 2011: Workshop on US Drug Policy
By Kim Covington
As part of its work on drug policy, the Dialogue hosted a meeting a high-level officials and analysts on November 21 to tackle the question, "What is US drug policy?" Participants sifted through the varied views of US drug policy, engaging in a wide ranging discussion to piece together a clear view of what that policy is today.

November 15, 2011: Cato Insitute Conference: Ending the Global War on Drugs
By Kim Covington
Fernando Henrique Cardoso gave the closing address at the Cato Institute conference, "Ending the Global War on Drugs" on November 15, calling for a new global drug regime that focuses on reducing the harms of drug use rather than pursuing a "war on drugs." President Emeritus, Peter Hakim, also spoke on the effect of drug trafficking and violence on Central America.

November 14, 2011: A Conversation with Michelle Bachelet
By Rachel Sadon
On November 14, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with former president of Chile Michelle Bachelet on what has to be done to protect the world's vulnerable populations in this time of global economic downturn.

November 10, 2011: Industrial Policy and Innovation in Brazil: Dilma’s New Approach
By Erick Marin
The Inter-American Dialogue and Prospectiva Consulting will host a discussion on the Brazilian government’s new innovation and technology policies. The event will take place at the Dialogue on Thursday, November 10th from 8:30 to 10:30. The new policies of the 10-month old Dilma administration are designed to energize Brazil’s industrial development and raise its low productivity and lagging international competitiveness. A group of distinguished analysts and business leaders will review the government’s plans to draw new manufacturing industries and advanced technologies to Brazil—and assess the likely impact on different sectors of the economy.

October 28, 2011: Central America – the Politics of Electric Integration
By Kim Covington
On Friday, October 28, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with Guatemala's vice minister of energy, Minor Lopez; Teofilo de la Torre, the president of Costa Rica’s national electricity company; Carlos Trujillo of the Inter-American Development Bank and Jeremy Martin of the Institute of the Americas on the outstanding issues that remain for Central American electric integration and the region's other critical energy challenges.

October 26, 2011: Guatemala's Electoral Outlook: A Conversation with Eduardo Stein
By Rachel Schwartz
On October 26, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on the second round of Guatemala’s presidential elections led by former Vice President Eduardo Stein.

October 25, 2011: China Must Respect Peru's Development Model, Prime Minister Says
By Rachel Sadon
WASHINGTON-While relations with China are increasingly important, Peru intends to ensure the Asian giant respects its environment and workers, Prime Minister Salomón Lerner said Tuesday.

October 21, 2011: A Conversation with Josefina Vázquez Mota
By Alexandra Solano
According to Josefina Vázquez Mota, leading primary candidate for Mexico’s Partido Acción Nacional (PAN), the next nine months are not only going to shape the next six years in Mexico, but the rest of the 21st century.

October 20, 2011: Measuring Discrimination: Race and Data in Brazil
By Erick Marin
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on what Brazil’s new census data on race and class reveals about the changing situation of the country’s African descendant population. Marcelo Paixão, a distinguished Brazilian scholar and director of the University's Laboratório de Análises Econômicas, Históricas, Sociais e Estatísticas das Relações Raciais (LAESER) spoke on his pioneering work on race relations in Brazil.

October 14, 2011: The Mexican Diaspora Investment Partnership (PDF)
By Christian Reyes
The Dialogue hosted a discussion on the role of the Mexican diaspora in fostering investment and public-private partnerships in Mexico.

October 13, 2011: Security and Energy Policy in Aruba: A Conversation with Prime Minister Mike Eman
By Kimberly Covington
The Dialogue hosted a discussion on security and energy policy in Aruba with Prime Minister Mike Eman.

October 11, 2011: A Conversation with Tibisay Lucena Ramírez, President of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela
By Katherina Hruskovec
The Dialogue will host a discussion with Tibisay Lucena Ramírez, president of the National Electoral Council of Venezuela.

October 7, 2011: The Cuban Diaspora in the 21st Century
By Will Vogt
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a session to launch The Cuban Diaspora in the 21st Century, a special report of Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute.

October 6, 2011: A Conversation with Bill Richardson
By Rachel Schwartz
As the global financial crisis continues to alter US relations with the rest of the hemisphere, greater engagement in the region remains in the critical interest of the United States, contended Bill Richardson, former governor of New Mexico and special envoy to the OAS, at a private dinner co-hosted by the Vidanta Foundation and the Inter-American Dialogue on October 6.

September 28, 2011: Prospects for Venezuela's 2012 Presidential Elections
By Katherina Hruskovec
Recent polls indicate that Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez and the leading opposition candidate, Henrique Capriles Radonsky, are nearly tied for the October 2012 presidential elections. According to José Antonio Gil Yépes, president of public opinion research firm Datanálisis, President Chávez currently holds 37.8 percent of the vote and Capriles 35.5 percent. Gil Yépes analyzed the results of the latest polls and evaluated the different political and electoral scenarios for both the opposition and the government at a discussion held at the Inter-American Dialogue on September 28.

September 23, 2011: A Conversation with Marcelo Zabalaga Estrada, President of the Bolivian Central Bank
By Patrick Murray
Bolivia’s success as one of the fastest growing economies in the past decade stems from its unique economic model, argued Central Bank president Marcelo Zabalaga at the Inter-American Dialogue on September 23, 2011. Under President Evo Morales, Bolivia has strived to increase state involvement, redistribute wealth, and distance itself from North American financial influence.

September 22, 2011: Rising Brazil: Domestic and International Trends
By Katie Hufnagel
In his most recent book, Starting Over: Brazil Since 1985, Albert Fishlow addresses Brazil’s transformation over the past 25 years, focusing on trade, economics, and the country’s unique global role. At an event hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue on September 22, Fishlow presented the critical aspects of Brazilian development that he describes in his latest work, with questions and commentary provided by Paulo Sotero, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute, and Peter Hakim, president emeritus of the Inter-American Dialogue

September 21, 2011: A Discussion on Obama's New Deportations Policy and the Future of Immigration
By Christian Reyes
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on on the deportations policy recently announced by President Obama with Angela Kelly, vice president for immigration policy and advocacy at the Center for American Progress; Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente; and Manuel Orozco, senior associate and director of the remittances and development program at the Inter-American Dialogue.

September 20, 2011: Guatemala's Uncertain Future: Combating Crime and Impunity
By Elizabeth Wagner
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on the struggle against impunity and organized crime in Guatemala on Tuesday, September 20.

September 19, 2011: Nicaragua's Political Outlook
By Christian Reyes
With the upcoming elections in Nicaragua on November 6, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on the country’s political outlook with Benjamin Lugo, head of the Coordinators for Civil Society of Nicaragua; Marcos Carmona, head of the Human Rights Commission of Nicaragua, and Manuel Orozco, senior associate and director of the remittances and development program at the Inter-American Dialogue.

September 16, 2011: Reassessing China-Mexico Competition
By Margaret Myers
China’s rise has presented numerous challenges for Mexican industry. Yet despite tough competition, Mexico’s manufacturing sector may be experiencing a resurgence – its current share of US imports is the highest in nearly a decade.

September 8, 2011: What's next for Chile? A Conversation with Juan Pablo Letelier and Hernán Larraín
By Alexandra Solano
The mobilization of 70,000 students in the streets of Chile is more than just a protest for free higher education, concluded two Chilean senators at an event held at the Inter-American Dialogue on September 8.

September 7, 2011: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Ecuador: A Conversation with Osvaldo Hurtado
By Scott Odell
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on democracy and the rule of law in Ecuador with Osvaldo Hurtado, former president of Ecuador. The event was co-hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue, Due Process of Law Foundation, and the University of Notre Dame’s Center for Civil and Human Rights.

September 7, 2011: XV Annual CAF Conference on the Americas
By Mary Dempsey
Is Latin America ready for the next decade? The region is weathering the global economic crisis well, but as it deepens and spreads globally, the future remains uncertain. Although the United States remains the region’s most important investment partner, the Obama administration is missing the opportunity to forge effective collaboration on issues ranging from climate change to immigration. And important gains, including the reduction of poverty in South America, remain precarious.

August 29, 2011: Assessing Dilma Rousseff's Approach to Chinese Competition
By Kim Covington
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on Brazil's evolving economic relationship with China. The session focused on recent measures taken by Dilma Rousseff to shore up Brazil's flagging industrial sector in the face of low-priced Chinese goods and a surging local currency.

August 3, 2011: Cuba 1.5? The State of the Internet and Uses of Social Media in a Changing Cuba
By Katherina Hruskovec
In the Internet’s infancy, Cuba was among the leading nations of the Caribbean in computer networking. Today, Cuba is stuck on Web 1.0, behind the rest of the Caribbean and most of the world. What is the outlook for the Internet in Cuba?

July 26, 2011: Is the Drug War Over? Who Won? A Discussion of Where US and Global Drug Policies Are Headed
By Kim Covington
Neither heavy enforcement nor legalization mark the way forward for drug policy, said experts Mark Kleiman, Jon Caulkins and Angela Hawken. The three authors of the new book Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know joined Nobel laureate Tom Schelling at the Inter-American Dialogue on Tuesday to engage in a wide-ranging discussion on the future of drug policy.

July 21, 2011: A Conversation with Guatemala's Presidential Commission on the Declassification of Military Archives
By Humberto Galvan
On July 21, 2011, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on the declassification of military archives in Guatemala. The discussion featured members of the Presidential Commission for the Declassification of Military Archives, including Anibal Samayoa Salazar (Deputy Private Secretary of the Presidency), Marco Tulio Alvarez (Secretary of Peace), and General Eduardo Morales Alvarez (Deputy Chief of Staff for the Guatemalan Army). The session begun with panel members’ reflections on the process, challenges, and implications of the declassification for Guatemala, and was followed by a wide-ranging discussion with participants.

July 19, 2011: Venezuela's Political Outlook: A Conversation with Pedro Nikken
By Humberto Galvan
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with Pedro Nikken, president of the International Commission of Jurists, in which he discussed the possible implications of president Hugo Chavez’s recent cancer surgery on the country’s overall political climate.

July 13, 2011: Violence, Crime, and Citizen Security in Central America and Mexico
By William Merrow
The Congressional Members Working Group (CMWG) convened on July 14, 2011 for a dinner discussion on violence, crime, and citizen security in Central America and Mexico.

July 8, 2011: Discussion of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act
By Diana Enriquez
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion among money transfer company executives and representatives of the Division of Consumer and Community Affairs of the Federal Reserve Board on the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. 

July 7, 2011: A Conversation with Cayetano Llobet: Bolivian Politics in a Regional Context
By Robert Palacios
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast discussion with Cayetano Llobet, a prominent Bolivian political analyst, in which he discussed the current political situation in Bolivia and how it relates to broader trends in the region.

July 6, 2011: A Conversation with Héctor Silva Argüello
By Robert Palacios
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a small discussion with Dr. Héctor Silva Argüello, President of the Social Investment and Local Development Fund in El Salvador.

July 1, 2011: A Conversation with Héctor Arce Zaconeta, Chair of Bolivia's Chamber of Deputies
By Robert Palacios
According to Héctor Arce, Bolivia has experienced significant political change in recent years and is moving toward a more stable, democratic society. Arce, who heads Bolivia’s Chamber of Deputies, spoke at the Inter-American Dialogue on July 1st about Bolivia’s 2009 constitution and reforms enacted by President Evo Morales.

June 27, 2011: A Conversation on Crime and Security in Central America
By Kimberly Covington
Central America faces its most severe security crisis in decades. The key to success lies in regional cooperation said Eduardo Stein, former vice president of Guatemala and director of a network of Central American think tanks known as La Red Centroamericana de Centros de Pensamiento e Incidencia (LaRed).

June 21, 2011: Press Freedom in the Americas: Cause for Concern?
By Rachel Schwartz
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a wide-ranging conversation with two of the leading experts on press freedom issues in the Americas. Catalina Botero, a Colombian jurist, drew on the findings in the 2010 Annual Report of the OAS Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression to highlight the most serious challenges to press freedom in the region today. Carlos Lauría, CPJ Americas Program coordinator, offered insight based on in-depth field interviews with journalists throughout Latin America in the course of compiling the Committee to Protect Journalists annual survey, Attacks on the Press 2010.

June 15, 2011: Colombia-Venezuela Relations: What Are the Prospects?
By Humberto Galvan
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a wide-ranging conversation about the evolving bilateral relationship between Colombia and Venezuela. The session featured three analysts from Colombia and Venezuela: Rodrigo Pardo, former Colombian foreign minister and currently the editorial director of the newsmagazine Semana; Ana María Sanjuán, professor at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and specialist on Venezuelan politics and foreign policy; and Rafael Nieto, a political commentator and former vice minister of justice in Colombia.

June 14, 2011: 20th Meeting of Dialogue's Working Group Held in Washington
By Adam Nathan Siegel

June 14, 2011: Post-Election Peru: Challenges and Possible Scenarios
By Robert Palacios
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a wide-ranging conversation about the significance and implications of Ollanta Humala’s victory in the June 5 Peruvian presidential runoff. The session featured Carlos Basombrio, a sociologist, influential political commentator, and columnist for Perú21, and Gino Costa, president of the Lima-based public policy group Ciudad Nuestra and Minister of the Interior during the Alejandro Toledo administration.

June 7, 2011: A Conversation with the Mayor of Medellín, Alonso Salazar
By Humberto Galvan
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation with Alonso Salazar Jaramillo, the current mayor of Medellín. Salazar, who has been mayor since 2008 and served as secretary of Medellín’s administration from 2004-2006, discussed continuing efforts to maintain security as well as the new challenges that have emerged since he came to office. His opening remarks also focused on what his administration is doing to transform Medellín into an even more important industrial and cultural center of Colombia.

June 1, 2011: A Conversation with Maria Angela Holguín, Foreign Minister of Colombia
By Rachel Sadon
The Inter-American Dialogue, the Council of the Americas, and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars hosted a discussion of Colombian foreign policy with Maria Angela Holguín, the Foreign Minister of Colombia.

May 25, 2011: Peru’s Election and Beyond: What’s Next?
By Mariellen Jewers
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion of the political, economic, and social challenges facing Peru. The first panel focused on Peru’s economic and social outlook and featured Patrick Esteruelas, Vice President of the Sovereign Risk Group at Moody's Investors Service, and Jaime Saavedra-Chanduvi, Acting Director of the Poverty Reduction and Equity Group at the World Bank. The second panel explored the political circumstances that helped shape the June 5th runoff election, as well as the main political challenges confronting Peru’s next president. José Luis Renique, an expert in Peruvian politics and Professor of History at City University New York, and Jose Gonzales, Director of EMC Managers, participated as the panelists.

May 24, 2011: Latin America’s Economic Outlook – How Should the Region Respond to Economic Success?
By Inter-American Dialogue
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion about Latin America’s economic outlook featuring Rodrigo Valdés, Senior Advisor of the Western Hemisphere Department at the International Monetary Fund. Valdés discussed the IMF’s recently-released Regional Economic Outlook (REO) for the Western Hemisphere, a bi-annual publication that gives an overview of Latin America’s economic growth and identifies policy recommendations for addressing regional economic challenges.

May 20, 2011: Public Policies for Afro-Descendant Communities in Colombia
By Mariellen Jewers
El Dialogo Interamericano, la Unidad de Género y Diversidad del Banco Interamericano de Desarrollo, y Phelps Stokes tuvo una discusión sobre el impacto de las políticas públicas para el desarrollo de los Afrocolombianos. Colombia es uno de los países con más trayectoria con políticas enfocadas en la populación afrodescendiente, que representa entre 20 – 30 porcentaje del país. El grupo de expertos de diversas perspectivas exploraron las avanzas durante más de quince anos de implementación de las políticas, el contexto actual de las comunidades Afrocolombianas y los retos para el futuro.

May 9, 2011: Will Economic Change Threaten Cuba's Education Success?
By Alexis Arthur
The Inter-American Dialogue and Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute hosted a discussion with Amber K. Gove, education research analyst for RTI international and co-author of "Cuba's Academic Advantage," and former Minister of Education in Chile and Dialogue visiting senior fellow, Sergio Bitar, on the unique aspects of Cuba's education system and the future for the country's relative education success.

May 6, 2011: Confronting Latin America's Education Challenges
By Danielle Nesmith
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a roundtable discussion on the key challenges facing education in Latin America with two of the region’s most distinguished former ministers of education, Cecilia Vélez of Colombia and Sergio Bitar of Chile.

May 3, 2011: Argentina’s Political Outlook
By Daphne Morrison
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on Argentina’s political outlook featuring Sergio Berensztein, a political scientist and director of the Argentine firm Poliarquía Consultores, and Hernán Charosky, executive director of the Argentinean civil society group Poder Ciudadano, Argentina’s chapter of Transparency International.

May 2, 2011: Linking the economic reforms and micro-entrepreneurship among remittances recipients in Cuba (PDF)
By Patricia Ortigoza
The Inter-American Dialogue held a discussion on the development of micro-enterprises among remittance recipients in Cuba. The featured speakers were Manuel Orozco, senior associate at the Inter-American Dialogue and Katrin Hansing, associate professor of Black and Hispanic Studies at Baruch College, City University of New York.

April 29, 2011: Cuba’s Sixth Party Congress: Results and Consequences
By Danielle Nesmith
Cuban president Raúl Castro demonstrated a renewed commitment to distance himself from his brother’s communist revolution this April by calling Cuba’s Communist Party to convene for the first time in fourteen years. At Cuba’s historic 6th Party Congress, Castro announced his plan to lay off government workers, eliminate subsidies, open 178 new jobs and licenses, end the provision of ration cards, and initiate term limits for future presidents.

April 22, 2011: What a Changing Global Economic Order Means for Latin America and the Caribbean
By Jamie Williams
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on Friday, April 22nd on the recent performance of Latin America’s economies, their diverse integration into the global economy, and their prospects in the coming period.

March 25, 2011: Free Trade with Panama and Colombia, Yes or No?
By Alexis Arthur
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast session on Friday, March 25th to review the progress of the pending US free trade agreements with Panama and Colombia. The discussion was led by Angela Ellard, chief trade counsel for the House Ways and Means Committee, and Amber Cottle, chief international trade counsel for the Senate Finance Committee.

March 24, 2011: What’s Next for US-Latin American Relations? A Discussion of President Obama’s Trip
By Daphne Morrison
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a wide-ranging conversation about the significance and possible impact of President Obama’s Latin America trip.

March 17, 2011: The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies
By Adam Nathan Siegel
The Brookings Institution, the Cuba Study Group, and the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on US-Cuba relations featuring Marifeli Pérez-Stable, author of the new book "The United States and Cuba: Intimate Enemies" (Routledge, 2011). The session took place on Thursday, March 17 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Inter-American Dialogue.

March 15, 2011: Press Roundtable: President Obama's Trip to Latin America
By Daphne Morrison
The Inter-American Dialogue held an informal exchange on President Obama’s upcoming trip to Brazil, Chile, and El Salvador with journalists on Tuesday morning, March 15, 2011 from 9:00 to 10:30am.

March 11, 2011: The State of the Cuban Economy
By Danielle Nesmith
The Inter-American Dialogue and Florida International University’s Cuban Research Institute co-hosted a discussion on the Cuban economy. The session took place at the Inter-American Dialogue from 8:30a.m. - 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 11. Cuba experts Lorenzo Perez, Arch Ritter, and Phil Peters, discussed the wide-ranging set of economic reforms proposed by the Raúl Castro government, and the extent to which they are likely to effectively respond to the formidable economic challenges facing the country.

March 10, 2011: A Conversation with Hugo Martínez, El Salvador’s Minister of Foreign Affairs
By Alexis Arthur
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast conversation with Hugo Martínez, El Salvador’s minister of foreign affairs. The session took place on Thursday, March 10 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Inter-American Dialogue.

March 10, 2011: President Obama’s Trip to Latin America
By Kaia Range
The Congressional Members Working Group (CMWG) convened on March 10, 2011 for a dinner discussion of President Obama's trip to Latin America.

March 9, 2011: Egypt’s Transition: Perspective from Latin America
By Danielle Nesmith
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation featuring Sergio Bitar, one of Chile’s most prominent political figures and a visiting senior fellow at the Dialogue. Bitar, who recently returned from a visit to Egypt, shared his impressions of the current situation there in light of Chilean and other Latin American transitions. The session took place on Wednesday, March 9.

March 8, 2011: Latin America 2040: Breaking Away from Complacency
By Alexa Millinger
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion focused on a longer-term vision for Latin America as developed in the recently published "Latin America 2040 – Breaking Away from Complacency: An Agenda for Resurgence" (Sage Publications, 2010). The session took place on Tuesday, March 8 at the Inter-American Dialogue.

March 3, 2011: A Conversation with René Castro-Salazar, Foreign Minister of Costa Rica
By Alexis Arthur
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a lunch conversation about the foreign policy priorities of Costa Rica’s new government with René Castro-Salazar, the Foreign Minister of Costa Rica. The session took place on Thursday, March 3 from 12:00 to 1:45 p.m. at the Inter-American Dialogue. Castro discussed Costa Rica’s agenda with the United States, relations with neighbors in Central America, regional security, and the country’s evolving relationship with China.

February 11, 2011: Will Latin America Win the Economic Future?
By Alexis Arthur
Latin American economies are recovering at different rates in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, according to Nicolás Eyzaguirre, director of the Western Hemisphere Department at the IMF. Eyzaguirre warned that promising growth rates in Latin America might have obscured a more complex reality. A summary of his analysis follows.

February 10, 2011: Rethinking US Drug Policy, Public Launch on Capitol Hill
By Daphne Morrison
“We don’t offer solutions” said Dialogue president emeritus Peter Hakim to a standing-room-only crowd on Capitol Hill. He was talking about Rethinking US Drug Policy, a report on US anti-narcotics strategy in the Western Hemisphere and the focus of an event hosted by Representatives Connie Mack (R-FL) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) on February 10.

February 1, 2011: A Conversation with the US Heads of Mission to the Andean Region
By Rachel Sadon
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with the U.S. ambassadors and Chargé d'Affaires serving in the Andean Region. The session featured three ambassadors—Heather Hodges (Ecuador), Rose Likins (Peru), and Michael McKinley (Colombia) and two Chargé d'Affaires, John Caulfield (Venezuela) and John Creamer (Bolivia).

January 24, 2011: The Obama Administration and Defense Diplomacy in the Western Hemisphere
By Rachel Sadon
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation on the Obama administration’s use of “defense diplomacy” in the Americas featuring Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Americas’ Security Affairs. The session took place on Monday, January 24 at the Inter-American Dialogue.

January 21, 2011: Discussing the 2010 AmericasBarometer Survey: "Democratic Consolidation in the Americas During Hard Times"
By Danielle Nesmith
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast discussion about the findings of the 2010 AmericasBarometer Survey, “Political Culture of Democracy, 2010 – Democratic Consolidation in the Americas During Hard Times,” featuring LAPOP director Mitchell Seligson and associate director Elizabeth Zechmeister on January 21, 2011.

December 15, 2010: A Conversation with Leopoldo López
By Rachel Sadon
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast conversation with Leopoldo López, former mayor of the Chacao Municipality of Caracas and the National Coordinator of the Venezuelan grassroots organization Voluntad Popular. López offered his perspective on the current political situation and outlook in Venezuela. He discussed the implications of September’s legislative elections as well as government and opposition strategies leading up to the presidential contest scheduled for December 2012. The session took place on Wednesday, December 15.

December 14, 2010: A Discussion on the Cuban Economy with Philip Peters
By Daphne Morrison
Peters is vice president of the Lexington Institute, a regular commentator on the Cuban economy, and advisor to the House of Representatives’ Cuba Working Group. He spoke at the Inter-American Dialogue on December 14. Dialogue president Michael Shifter moderated the session.

December 10, 2010: 19th Andean Working Group Held in Lima
By Adam Siegel

December 7, 2010: A Discussion of the 2010 Latinobarómetro Results
By Bridget O'Loughlin
For the first time, Latin Americans have a positive outlook for the future and are moving forward with hopes of continued economic and social progress, said Latinobarómetro executive director Marta Lagos at the Inter-American Dialogue on December 7. She was joined by the Brookings Institution’s Kevin Casas-Zamora.

November 17, 2010: EVENT: Rising Oil Prices Benefit Central America and the Dominican Republic
By Daphne Morrison
Energy economist Jeff Rubin explained that the financial crisis caused a serious dip in global oil prices. As American consumers tightened their belts, demand for oil plunged, dragging the price down with it. This pattern was only exacerbated as the crisis globalized. Since cheap oil prices tend to favor countries with cheap labor, China weathered the economic storm with remarkable strength—in large part because American consumers were buying up Chinese goods. Today, as the global market crawls out of the crisis and oil prices recover, the CAM-DR countries are making a come-back. For these countries, proximity to the United States, their largest trading partner, is in itself a competitive advantage over Asia. This is because, in the words of Rubin, “distance costs money.”

November 10, 2010: Dilma's Economic Choices
By Rachel Sadon
Successfully capitalizing on Brazil's vibrant economy and popular support for outgoing President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, President-elect Dilma Rousseff is poised to take the helm of South America's largest economy at a time of unprecedented opportunity. However, experts said Wednesday that although Brazil is likely to maintain a positive trajectory of growth, the country is also unlikely to tackle some important policy reforms.

October 29, 2010: Migration, Remittances, and Technology: Is there a match?
By Daniel Isaac Garcia
This report by Manuel Orozco analyzes the effects of technological innovation in the remittance marketplace. Focusing on migrant's ability and willingness to adopt new technology, and the supply of technology-based applications, the report finds much room for increased efficiencies in the marketplace.

October 22, 2010: Bolivia and the Global Fight Against Climate Change: A Discussion with Pablo Solón
By Rachel Sadon
The Inter-American Dialogue and George Washington University’s Latin American & Hemispheric Studies Program hosted a lunch conversation with Pablo Solón, Bolivia’s Ambassador to the United Nations. Solón, Bolivia's top UN climate change negotiator, offered his perspective on the October round of talks in China and the outlook for the November United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties in Cancun.

October 21, 2010: The Political Crisis in Ecuador: A Conversation with José Miguel Insulza
By Bridget O'Loughlin
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast discussion on Ecuador’s recent political crisis featuring José Miguel Insulza, the secretary general of the Organization of American States. The session took place on Thursday, October 21 at the Inter-American Dialogue.

October 20, 2010: LGBT Politics in Latin America and the Caribbean: Why Now and What Next?
By Daphne Morrison
Javier Corrales, a professor of political science at Amherst College on lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LBGT) politics in Latin America at a first of a kind discussion on October 20 at the Inter-American Dialogue.

October 19, 2010: IACHR Report on Citizen Security and Human Rights
By Bridget O'Loughlin
Citizen security remains a top concern for most Latin American governments as crime and violence spiral out of control and cripple political and economic institutions in the region. Still, government response needs to be aligned with the promotion of human rights, said a panel of experts at an October 19 discussion co-sponsored by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) at the Inter-American Dialogue. Presenting the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights’ (IACHR) new Report on Citizen Security and Human Rights, the panel—including several members of the Commission—advocated preventative and collaborative security policies that balance human rights with citizen security.

October 8, 2010: A Conversation with Katiuska King, Ecuador’s Minister Coordinator of Economic Policy
By Michael Lisman
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a lunch discussion with Katiuska King, the Minister Coordinator of Economic Policy of Ecuador, on October 8. King’s remarks focused on the Ecuadoran government’s current economic agenda and priorities, and the country’s development outlook.

October 8, 2010: Cuban Oil Prospects Could Spur Change in U.S. Relations: Experts
By Rachel Sadon
As the semi-submersible rig contracted by Spanish energy company Respol nears completion and prepares to begin the trek to drill exploratory wells in the waters of Cuba's north coast, experts say the development of Cuba's offshore oil reserves could be a significant game changer for the Caribbean nation, in particular its fraught relations with the United States.

October 1, 2010: Democracy and Politics in Venezuela: A Conversation with José Virtuoso
By Catherine Kuerbitz
The Open Society Institute and the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast discussion on democracy and politics in Venezuela, featuring Father José Virtuoso and Venezuelan Ambassador to the United States Bernardo Alvarez.

September 28, 2010: RAND Report on Haiti: Challenges and Recommendations on Building a More Resilient State
By Heloisa Vila
“The extent of the devastation of the earthquake is greatly exacerbated by the weakness of the government in Haiti and its lack of capacity, systems and resources,” said Laurel Miller, senior political analyst at the RAND Corporation and co-author of a new RAND report on Haiti, at an Inter-American Dialogue public session on September 28. The discussion focused on the findings of the study, among them a set of state-building recommendations that, according to the authors, are priorities to effectively rebuild the Haitian state.

September 23, 2010: Leadership and Responsibility in the New Brazilian International Agenda
By J.C. Hodges
On Sept. 23, the Brazil Institute, the Inter-American Dialogue, the Brazilian Center for International Relations (CEBRI), and Prospectiva Consulting hosted the conference “Leadership and Responsibility in the New Brazilian International Agenda.” This conference was convened to discuss Brazil’s new international profile, and to analyze both its rise and challenges from political and business perspectives. Two questions in particular guided the discussion: is this growth and new-found influence sustainable and how will Brazil use this recently-gained international position? The first panel discussed Brazil-U.S. relations specifically; the second looked at Brazil’s rise from the private sector’s point of view; and the third examined Brazil foreign policy, both current and future.

September 16, 2010: Book Launch: Brazil on the Rise
By Renata Johnson
As the host of the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil seems ready to take its place on the world stage. This is a dramatically different country than the one New York Times culture reporter Larry Rohter encountered when he first visited Brazil in 1972 during the military dictatorship. After covering several countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, Rohter settled in Brazil, where he spent 14 years, first as a correspondent for Newsweek and later as the New York Times bureau chief. For his book Brazil on the Rise: The Story of a Country Transformed, published by Palgrave Macmillan and launched on Sept. 16 at the Woodrow Wilson International Center, Rohter interviewed Brazil’s key political, business, cultural and religious leaders.

September 16, 2010: A Conversation with Martín Redrado, former president of the Central Bank of Argentina
By Daphne Morrison
In January of this year, Argentine President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner dismissed Central Bank governor Martin Redrado in an unprecedented move that caused a national an international uproar. The controversy involved over $6 billion in foreign currency reserves that Redrado refused to hand over to the president to repay debts. President Kirchner then dismissed Redrado from his post by emergency decree—a move that was seriously questioned by constitutional experts. Redrado, who spoke at the Inter-American Dialogue on Thursday, September 16, eventually resigned.

September 14, 2010: A Conversation with Ollanta Humala
By Bridget O'Loughlin
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted an afternoon discussion with Ollanta Humala, an important Peruvian political figure and expected candidate for president in the April 2011 elections, on September 14.

September 13, 2010: Political Options and Outlook in Ecuador
By Bridget O'Loughlin
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on the current political situation in Ecuador featuring seven members of the National Assembly of Ecuador: Fernando Aguirre (Partido Sociedad Patriótica), Fausto Cobo (Partido Sociedad Patriótica), Fernando González (independiente), César Montúfar (Concertación Nacional), Magali Orellana (Pachacutik), Andrés Paez (Izquierda Democrática), and Leonardo Viteri (Partido Social Crisitiano).

September 10, 2010: The Evolving Role of the Cuban Diaspora
By Chris Cote
Three Cuba experts led off the discussion: Juan Antonio Blanco, founder of the Felix Varela Center, one of the few NGOs operating in Havana, and now assistant director of Florida International’s Cuban Research Institute; Uva de Aragón, associate director of the Institute; and Emilio Morales, author of Cuba: Tránsito silencioso al capitalismo.

September 9, 2010: XIV Annual CAF Conference on the Americas
By Mary Dempsey
CAF, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Organization of American States organize the annual conference in Washington, D.C., as a platform to identify pivotal issues in the region and make related policy recommendations. Among the participants are U.S. and Latin American government officials, international economists, lawmakers, policy analysts, journalists, and corporate and financial leaders.

July 22, 2010: Cuba's Political Puzzle
By Carl-Henri Prophète
This month we have witnessed the two most important political events in Cuba since Raúl Castro became president four years ago – the announcement of plans to release 52 political prisoners and Fidel Castro’s first major public address since he fell ill in late 2006. On July 22 the Dialogue held a breakfast discussion on the medium and longer term significance of these developments.

July 16, 2010: A Conversation with Fernando Cordero, President of the National Assembly of Ecuador
By Bridget O'Loughlin
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation on Ecuador’s political situation, policy agenda, and new constitution, featuring Fernando Cordero, the president of Ecuador’s National Assembly.

July 15, 2010: The Age of Productivity: Transforming Economies from the Bottom Up
By Chris Cote
The economies of Latin America and the Caribbean suffer from a chronic low-growth disease caused by low productivity. Unfortunately, the region has become so accustomed to this economic ailment, that it no longer considers slow growth its most pressing problem. And yet, the countries of the region are paying dearly for not assigning economic growth the highest priority.

July 6, 2010: Latin America's Economic Future: Can the Region Become an Engine of Economic Growth?
By Dialogue Staff
“Developing countries could be rescued by developing countries as a whole,” said a senior official at the World Bank in an afternoon discussion at the Dialogue on July 6, 2010. Otaviano Canuto, vice president of the World Bank and head of its Poverty Reduction and Economic Management network (PREM), and Marcelo Giugale, director of PREM, led a discussion on the “negative legacy” of the crisis in the developing world and prospects for the region to become an engine for economic growth. The following summary reflects the views expressed in their presentation.

June 27, 2010: 2010 Sol M. Linowitz Forum
By Inter-American Dialogue
The Inter-American Dialogue held its biennial Sol Linowitz Forum on June 25 to 27, 2010 in Washington, DC. The Forum brings the Dialogue’s 100 members together in Washington once every two years for an extended discussion of the most important issues in hemispheric affairs. Outside analysts and officials join Dialogue members to explore diverse perspectives and stimulate fresh thinking. The 2010 Forum marked the eighth meeting of the Forum, which was inaugurated in 1996, and the seventeenth time that the Dialogue membership has met in plenary session.

June 24, 2010: Breakfast Discussion on Education in Haiti
By Carl-Henri Prophète and PREAL Staff
Strong international support in the aftermath of January's earthquake and the predominantly private character of Haiti's schools present a unique opportunity for education reform in the country.

June 18, 2010: Remittances Scorecard for Latin America and the Caribbean
By Matthew Schewel
Growing competition among companies that offer remittance transfers to Latin America has helped lower transaction costs for migrants living in the United States, according to a new study by the Inter-American Dialogue.

June 14, 2010: Workshop on Financial Literacy for Migrants in the United States
By Nancy Castillo
Participants from non-profits, the private sector, government, international organizations and philanthropic foundations came together to discuss the importance of financial literacy for migrants and efforts to expand this type of education in migrant communities. The meeting focused on a new financial literacy model developed by the Dialogue and plans to strengthen and expand the initiative. The Dialogue initiative, born in 2001 with the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, aims to help migrants—often characterized by one of the most vulnerable minorities of society—build assets and have access to the financial system. The idea expanded to include family members of migrants that receive remittances.

May 21, 2010: Cuba and Gender Equality: Is Progress Being Made?
By Carl-Henri Prophète
Since the Cuban Revolution serious progress has been made on womens issues in social and economic areas, but when it comes to political decision-making Cuban women are under-represented.

May 21, 2010: Andean Working Group Convenes for Eighteenth Meeting
By Adam Siegel

May 20, 2010: U.S. Could Lose Trade Edge in Asia, Latin America: Experts
By Matthew Schewel
The United States needs to take on a leadership role in global trade diplomacy or risk losing its ability to compete in Asian and Latin American markets, experts said at a recent panel discussion co-hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue and the Chilean-American Chamber of Commerce.

May 19, 2010: A Conversation with Eduardo Stein, Coordinator of the Honduran Truth Commission
By Paul Wander
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on the Honduran Truth Commission with Eduardo Stein, the coordinator of the Commission and former vice-president and foreign minister of Guatemala. The session took place on Wednesday, May 19 at the Inter-American Dialogue.

May 19, 2010: Outlook on Colombia’s Presidential Election: The Race to Succeed Uribe
By Alex Bowley
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation on the May 30 presidential election in Colombia featuring the perspectives of three highly respected Colombian political observers: Rodrigo Pardo, editorial director of the Colombian newsmagazine Semana and former Foreign Minister of Colombia; Antonio Navarro Wolff, governor of Nariño of the Alternative Democratic Pole party who served as senator and Minister of Health; and Rafael Nieto, a political analyst and columnist who served as Colombian Vice-Minister of Justice.

May 13, 2010: Constitutional Reform in Latin America: What Is the Record?
By Daphne Morrison
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion featuring Roberto Gargarella, one of Argentina’s leading legal theorists, on the recent wave of constitutional reform in Latin America.

May 12, 2010: Congressional Members Discuss the Organization of American States
By Araceli Y. Flores
A Congressional Members Working Group Dinner Discussion.

May 11, 2010: A Conversation with Luis Castañeda Lossio, Mayor of Lima
By Araceli Flores
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast conversation with Luis Castañeda Lossio, the mayor of Lima who is leading the polls for Peru’s 2011 presidential elections. The session took place on Tuesday, May 11 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. at the Inter-American Dialogue.

May 6, 2010: The Aftermath of the Crisis: Policy Lessons and Challenges Ahead for Latin America and the Caribbean
By Matthew Schewel
Latin American countries could be affected by the unfolding Greek debt crisis if the bailout being prepared by the International Monetary Fund and European Union diminishes the international financial community’s willingness to provide emergency liquidity in future crises.

May 5, 2010: EVENT: The US and Spain in Latin America 2010: Converging Policies and Interests?
By Chris Cote

April 28, 2010: A Conversation on Haiti
By Paul Wander
Members of congress sat down with analysts to discuss Haiti after the earthquake at a meeting of the Dialogue's Congressional Members Working Group on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

April 23, 2010: EVENT: Funes Government aims to leave lasting legacy, great public policy changes in El Salvador
By Alex Bowley
El Salvador's Technical Secretary to the Presidency, Alexander Segovia, led a discussion at the Dialogue on the Funes government's five year plan for public policy improvements in the country.

April 22, 2010: Strengthening Partnerships: Lessons From Haiti and the Way Forward
By German Marshall Fund
On Thursday, April 22nd, the German Marshall Fund hosted a panel discussion in collaboration with the Inter-American Dialogue and World Bank on Haiti with Auguste Kouame, Lead Economist, Caribbean Countries, World Bank; Geraldine Dufort, Counselor, European Union Delegation to the US; Russell Porter, Deputy Coordinator, Haiti Task Team, USAID; and Corinne Delechat, Mission Chief for Haiti, IMF. Kathleen Campbell, Associate Director, Aid Effectiveness Project, Save the Children was the respondent. Ambassador Raymond Joseph, the Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., and Haiti's Minister of Tourism, Patrick Delatour also participated in the dialogue. After panelists made their remarks, the Ambassador and Minister provided comments.

April 19, 2010: A Conversation with Lieutenant General P.K. (Ken) Keen, U.S. Army - Commander, Joint Task Force - Haiti
By Alex Bowley
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion of the US military’s response to the earthquake in Haiti featuring Lieutenant General P. K. (Ken) Keen, the Military Deputy Commander of U.S. Southern Command.

April 13, 2010: After the Crisis: Challenges for Latin America and the Caribbean with Enrique Iglesias
By Matthew Schewel
Former Inter-American Development Bank president Enrique Iglesias said April 13 that strong macroeconomic management helped most Latin American nations avoid the worst effects of the global financial crisis, but he urged regional leaders not to let recent economic successes go to their heads.

April 12, 2010: EVENT: Outlook for Remittances to Latin America in 2010
By Matthew Schewel
After decreasing in 2009 for the first time on record, remittance flows to Latin America and the Caribbean could make a modest comeback this year although the full extent of economic recovery remains unclear, experts said Monday at an Inter-American Dialogue panel discussion.

March 30, 2010: A Conversation with José Antonio García Belaunde, Foreign Minister of Peru
By Matthew Schewel
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation on Peru’s foreign policy agenda featuring José Antonio García Belaunde, Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, on March 30.

March 19, 2010: A Conversation with Miguel Carvajal, Ecuador’s Minister of Security
By Adam Nathan Siegel
The Inter-American Dialogue held a conversation on the security agenda in Ecuador and the wider Andean region featuring Miguel Carvajal, Ecuador’s Minister of Security. Minister Carvajal coordinates Ecuador’s national security strategy and oversees a variety of agencies within the country, including the Ministry of Interior and Police, the Ministry of National Defense, and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

March 11, 2010: OECD Deputy Secretary General Eyes Brazil as a Potential Member
By Matthew Schewel
A top official of the Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Thursday that he would like to see Brazil join the group, but that domestic political factors stand in the way of its accession.

March 10, 2010: Event Summary: Rethinking US Drug Policy
By Daphne Morrison
The Inter-American Dialogue convened a private meeting on Capitol Hill to discuss US drug policy and its alternatives on March 10, 2010.

February 24, 2010: Confronting the Nexus between Drugs and Insurgency in Colombia: A Conversation with Three Journalists
By Alex Bowley
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation about the challenges facing Colombia that focused on the nexus between the FARC insurgency and the country's continual fight against the drug problem. The session took place on Wednesday, February 24th, from 8:30 to 10:00 am at the Inter-American Dialogue.

February 19, 2010: Marijuana Policy: Issues, Choices and Consequences
By Daphne Morrison
Reuter and Room spoke at the Inter-American Dialogue on February 19th. Dialogue president Peter Hakim moderated the session entitled, Marijuana Policy: Issues, Choices and Consequences.

February 3, 2010: Region's Economic Outlook Depends Increasingly on China, Brazil
By Dialogue staff
Latin America and the Caribbean—a region made up of more than 20 nations—increasingly finds its economic outlook tied to the fate of two countries, Brazil and China, Wall Street analysts told an audience at the Inter-American Dialogue Wednesday.

January 22, 2010: A Conversation with the US Ambassadors to the Andean Region
By Pamina Smith
The Inter-American Dialogue and the Brookings Institution hosted a discussion with the U.S. ambassadors who currently serve in the Andean Region.

January 22, 2010: The Future of Guantánamo Bay, Cuba
By Paul Wander
This session examined the role of the Guantánamo Base in U.S.-Cuban relations, assess the impact of the detention facility on the U.S. image in the world, and explore the future of the Base as the Obama Administration seeks to close the detention center.

January 20, 2010: A Discussion with Hugo Llorens, US Ambassador to Honduras
By Daphne Morrison
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation with Hugo Llorens, the U.S. ambassador to Honduras, on January 20, 2010.

January 20, 2010: A Conversation on the Chilean Elections
By Matthew Schewel
Sebastian Pinera will be Chile's first right-leaning president since its return to democracy in 1990, but the billionaire businessman is not likely to change the economic policies of his center-left predecessors, except for a few "minor adjustments."

January 19, 2010: Haiti After the Earthquake
By Meredith Fender

December 18, 2009: Cuba and New Technologies
By Daphne Morrison
A discussion on Cuba and new technologies was led by Ted Henken, assistant professor at Baruch College (CUNY) and author of Cuba: A Global Studies Handbook, and Carlos Lauria, Americas program coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists and author of a recent report on bloggers in Cuba, at a Dialogue event on December 18, 2009. Uva de Aragón, of the Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University, moderated the panel with Dan Erikson.

December 10, 2009: A Conversation with Fernando Henrique Cardoso
By Matthew Schewel
The event explored the evolution of US-Latin American relations in the first year of the Obama administration; the growing influence of Brazil in hemispheric politics; and the tense political dynamics of much of Latin America at the start of a new electoral cycle.

December 9, 2009: Congressional Working Group Meets to Discuss Drug Policy in the Americas
By Daphne Morrison
The Dialogue’s Congressional Members Working Group convened on December 9 for a dinner discussion on drug policy in the Americas, hosted by Representative Gregory Meeks (D-NY). Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Jean Schmidt (R-OH) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) were joined by former Swiss President Ruth Dreifuss, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Colombian Ambassador to the White House Carolina Barco, Mexican Ambassador to the White House Arturo Sarukhan, and Corporación Andina de Fomento President Enrique Garcia, among other participants.

December 9, 2009: A Discussion on the Honduran Elections
By Daphne Morrison
The Dialogue hosted a discussion on the the evolution of U.S. policy toward Honduras and the outcome of the Honduran elections on Wednesday, December 9. Panelists were the Dialogue’s Peter Hakim and Michael Shifter, former vice president of Costa Rica Kevin Casas-Zamora, now a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and Sarah Stephens, executive director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas.

December 5, 2009: Andean Working Group Holds Meeting in Santiago
By Adam Siegel

November 24, 2009: Nicaraguan Opposition Leaders Call for Unity Against Ortega
By Matthew Schewel
Leaders of Nicaragua's opposition on Tuesday called for a united front against President Daniel Ortega's brand of 21st century socialism and his drive to seek a third term in office.

November 24, 2009: EVENT: A discussion on UNASUR
By Daphne Morrison
The Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) received significant attention for its role earlier this year in mediating Bolivia’s political crisis, and more recently for heated meetings about the U.S.-Colombian base agreement. But it has also garnered negative press for its putative inaction.

November 17, 2009: Study: Latin America Weathered Economic Crisis Well
By Matthew Schewel
While most countries in Latin America have seen reduced economic growth in 2009 as a result of the global economic slowdown, the region has largely escaped the major damage to its financial systems that defined previous crises, according to a new study published by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean.

November 11, 2009: A Conversation with Rafael Pardo, Colombian Presidential Candidate
By Matthew Schewel
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast session on Colombia’s evolving relationship with the United States and its Andean neighbors. The discussion featured Rafael Pardo, the Liberal Party candidate for president in Colombia’s May 2010 elections

November 9, 2009: Developments in Trade Policy Toward the Americas
By Chris Moore
The Inter-American Dialogue’s Trade Policy Group met to discuss new developments in U.S. trade policy toward the Americas. Conversation focused on the pending free trade agreements (FTA) with Colombia and Panama, as well as trade preferences for Andean Trade Promotion (ATP) and Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) countries. Participants also examined prospects for movement on the Doha round of trade negotiations and for U.S-Brazil cooperation in those proceedings.

November 3, 2009: EVENT: Social Agenda for Democracy in Latin America
By Sarah Farnan
Latin America has made great strides toward democracy over the past 20 years, but a great deal still needs to be done in order to lift large groups out of poverty and improve the region’s institutions, a group of former Latin American leaders said.

November 3, 2009: Arms Build Up in Latin America: Is There Reason for Concern?
By Karinna Berrospi
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted an event on the situation of arms purchases in Latin America, with a special focus on the situations in Venezuela and Colombia. The featured speaker was Román Ortiz, Information and Analysis Director for the Colombian security consultancy Grupo Triarius, and a commentary was offered by Adam Isacson, a specialist on security issues in Latin America.

November 2, 2009: Argentina’s New Media Law: What Does It Mean?
By Karinna Berrospi
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted an event on November 2, 2009 on Argentina's recently approved, controversial broadcast media law. The featured speaker was Horacio Verbitsky, one of Argentina's leading investigative journalists. José Miguel Vivanco, a Chilean human rights lawyer and executive director of Human Rights Watch-Americas, offered a commentary.

October 22, 2009: Honduran Election Body: Voters to Decide Country's Fate
By Matthew Schewel
Honduran citizens, not the international community, will decide the country's future in the upcoming presidential election, members of Honduras' Supreme Electoral Tribunal said Thursday in Washington.

October 21, 2009: Economic Stability in Argentina, a conversation with Miguel Kiguel and Edgardo Sternberg
By Amanda Gdula
This discussion featured Miguel Kiguel, one of Argentina’s most respected economists and the former deputy secretary of finance under President Carlos Menem. He was joined by Loomis Sayles’ Latin America strategist Edgardo Sternberg for a Dialogue meeting on October 21st, 2009.

October 21, 2009: Members of Congress Discuss the Honduran Crisis
By Sarah Farnan
Despite months of negotiations to resolve the political crisis in Honduras, President Manuel Zelaya, who was ousted and forcibly sent into exile in June of this year, has yet to be reinstated as the country's chief executive. During a meeting of the Inter-American Dialogue’s Congressional Members Working Group, U.S. lawmakers debated the Obama administration's response to the coup, which has proven a divisive issue in Congress. With the approach of Honduras' presidential elections set for November 29th, the U.S. has had to decide whether to recognize the results of that vote as legitimate.

October 20, 2009: A Conversation with Stephen McFarland, United States Ambassador to Guatemala
By Daphne Morrison
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation with US Ambassador to Guatemala Stephen McFarland on Tuesday, October 20. The wide-ranging discussion touched on the political, economic, and security challenges confronting an increasingly troubled Guatemala.

October 13, 2009: Discussion on "Without Fidel: A Death Foretold"
By Paul Wander
The Dialogue hosted Ann Louise Bardach for a discussion on her recent book "Without Fidel: A Death Foretold in Miami, Havana, and Washington."

October 5, 2009: The Road to Copenhagen: Progress and Challenges on Sustainable Development in Chico Mendes's Homeland
By Amanda Earley
As governments and environmental, scientific and business organizations prepare to launch the negotiations of a new global protocol to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in December, in Copenhagen, the governor of the state of Acre, Binho Marques, presented an overview of achievements and challenges, including new paths for regional cooperation and integration with Peru and Bolivia, countries that share borders with Brazil in Acre.

September 29, 2009: The Outlook for Regional Competitiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean
By Sarah Farnan
On Tuesday, September 29th, the Inter-American Dialogue co-sponsored a discussion on the Outlook for Regional Competitiveness in Latin America and the Caribbean at Georgetown University. The meeting focused on two key questions that countries of Latin America and the Caribbean must face: How are they to manage regional competitiveness during times of economic uncertainty? And what is the current economic outlook for the hemisphere?

September 18, 2009: Ecuador’s Economic Development, Challenges, and Outlook
By Karinna Berrospi
The Dialogue held a breakfast conversation on Ecuador’s development and economic agenda featuring Nathalie Cely, Ecuador’s Minister of Coordination for Production, and Mauricio Pozo, Ecuador’s Ex-Minister of Finance. The discussion focused on the policies being pursued by the Rafael Correa administration and the country’s current economic outlook.

September 16, 2009: A Discussion on the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) and Latin America's Social and Economic Challenges
By Chris Moore and Sarah Farnan
A discussion led by the Bank’s Executive Vice President, Dan Zelikow, who previously served as a senior official at J.P. Morgan and the US Treasury, and Center for Global Development President Nancy Birdsall, a former Bank Executive Vice President.

September 15, 2009: Fighting Corruption in the Americas: Is the Inter-American Convention Living Up To Its Potential?
By Karinna Berrospi
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a breakfast discussion on how the Inter-American Convention against Corruption is living up to its promise to strengthen governance and reduce corruption across the Americas. The session featured Transparency International advocates from Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.

September 11, 2009: Lugar: Zelaya Must Be 'Constructive' to End Honduras Impasse
By Matthew Schewel
A high-ranking US senator said Thursday he told deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya to use "constructive means" in pursuing a solution to the political crisis that has wracked the Central American country since Zelaya's ouster more than two months ago.

September 11, 2009: Cuba's Soft Power
By Greta Levy
The Inter-American Dialogue and Florida International University's Cuban Research Institute sponsored a discussion on "Cuba's Soft Power," examining how Cuba, lacking the traditional tools of "hard power" such as military strength or economic leverage, has used diplomacy, medical outreach, education and the arts to advance its interests and gain influence on the world stage. We evaluated the results and weaknesses of this strategy and analyzed how Cuba's regional and global influence is likely to evolve in the coming period.

September 10, 2009: XIII Annual CAF Conference on Trade and Investment in the Americas
By Mary Dempsey
Every September, the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF), the Inter-American Dialogue and the Organization of American States (OAS) sponsor a conference for Washington officials and opinion leaders on hemispheric affairs. Over two days of discussions, the Thirteenth Annual CAF Conference will bring together over 250 people, including U.S. and Latin American government officials; international economists; lawmakers, leading policy analysts, and journalists; and corporate and financial leaders. The aim of this sustained collaboration is to demonstrate the importance of U.S. economic and political relations with the Andean region and Latin America more broadly, and to provide a detailed review of hemispheric economic affairs.

August 18, 2009: Fiscal Reform a Politically Thorny Issue in Mexico, Analysts Say
By Matthew Schewel
The Mexican economy is in the midst of its worst crisis in more than a decade, but political obstacles including a rejuvenated opposition in Mexico's Congress could complicate attempts by President Felipe Calderon to enact much-needed fiscal reforms, analysts said Tuesday.

July 27, 2009: Inequality in Latin America: Grounds for Optimism?
By Alexandra Solano
Latin America is the most unequal region in the world. Yet, inequality has declined recently. Whether recent progress can be sustained was the topic at the Inter American Dialogue’s breakfast meeting on Monday, July 27th. Distinguished economist Dr. Nora Lustig, Samuel Z. Stone Professor of Latin American Economics in the Department of Economics at Tulane University and non-resident fellow of the Center for Global Development presented the results and analysis in a forthcoming book based on a UNDP-sponsored project, The New Dynamics of Inequality in Latin America, (Brookings Institution), co-edited by Luis Felipe Lopez-Calva. Renowned political economist Dr. Francis Fukuyama, Bernard L. Schwartz Professor of International Political Economy at Johns Hopkins’ Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies provided comments.

July 22, 2009: A Discussion with the Honduran Congressional and Civil Society Delegation
By Kevin McGinnis
Three representatives from the Honduran congress and civil society organizations discussed their support for deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya and shared their thoughts on how to best resolve the current political crisis facing their country.

July 16, 2009: A Conversation with José Miguel Insulza
By Matthew Schewel
Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) José Miguel Insulza discussed the political crisis in Honduras, paying special attention to the role of the OAS in the events that transpired over the past several weeks. Dialogue President Peter Hakim moderated the discussion.

July 9, 2009: Chile’s 2009 Presidential Elections with Genaro Arriagada
By Stephanie Majerowicz
Despite appearances, the Chilean political system faces a crucial challenge in the upcoming elections as it attempts to revitalize itself after twenty years of Concertación rule, said former Chilean minister of the presidency Genaro Arriagada, who spoke at the Dialogue on July 9.

July 7, 2009: Press Briefing on Honduras
By Stephanie Majerowicz
The Dialogue’s Peter Hakim and Michael Shifter, joined by Dialogue senior fellow and former Chilean minister, Genaro Arriagada, hosted a press roundtable on Tuesday, July 7 to discuss the crisis in Honduras.

June 30, 2009: The Next Step in the US-Colombia Relationship
By Kevin McGinnis
Colombian President Álvaro Uribe spoke at a June 30 event sponsored by the Inter-American Dialogue, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and Council of the Americas.

June 24, 2009: Cuba and the OAS
By Greta Levy
The recent OAS decision to reverse the 1962 provision that expelled Cuba was historic, said Secretary General José Miguel Insulza. But “how historic it will be, depends on what Cuba is willing to do and what other countries are willing to accept.” The provision agreed to at the 39th General Assembly of the OAS in Honduras last month allows for Cuba’s eventual readmission, provided Havana approaches the OAS in the spirit of the “practices, purposes, and principles” embodied in that institution.

June 24, 2009: Members of Congress Discuss U.S. Cuba Policy
By Sara Lynch
Members of congress sat down with analysts to discuss U.S. Cuba policy at a meeting of the Dialogue's Congressional Members Working Group on Wednesday, June 24, 2009.

June 23, 2009: Managing the US-Mexico Relationship
By Mariandrea Chamorro
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a small, select group to participate in a seminar on coordination and logistics in the complex U.S.-Mexico bilateral relationship on Tuesday, June 23. Tonatiuh Guillén, President of the Colegio de la Frontera Norte, and John Bailey, Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University, summarized some of their findings about continuity and change in process management.

June 22, 2009: Caracas Mayor Seeks to Unify Venezuela's Political Opposition
By Matthew Schewel
Venezuela's opposition is hoping key regional and municipal victories in last November's election can breathe new life into its movement, even as some governors and mayors are being stripped of their executive powers, Caracas Mayor Antonio Ledezma said at an Inter-American Dialogue event on June 22, 2009.

June 19, 2009: China and Latin America: Discussion and Book Launch
By Greta Levy
China is a "moving target" of analysis, said Evan Ellis during the first public presentation and discussion of his newly released book, "China and Latin America: The Whats and Wherefores."

June 18, 2009: The Peruvian Ambassador on the Tragic Events in Bagua Province
By Kevin McGinnis
The Dialogue held a discussion on the recent violence in Peru on June 18, in collaboration with the Council of the Americas. Luis Valdivieso Montano, the Peruvian ambassador to the United States, gave the government perspective on the events that led to the deaths of dozens of indigenous protesters and police officers.

June 11, 2009: Ecuador's Regional and Global Relations
By Matthew Schewel
The Dialogue held an event on Ecuador’s regional and international relations, featuring Fander Falconí, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Integration as well as Miguel Carvajal, Coordinating Minister of Internal and External Security on Thursday, June 11th.

June 10, 2009: Discussion on Mexican Politics and U.S.-Mexico Relations
By Daphne Morrison
Andrés Rozental was joined by Sidney Weintraub of the Center for Strategic and International Studies at a June 10 meeting on Mexican politics and U.S.-Mexico relations. Dialogue-president Peter Hakim moderated the discussion.

June 9, 2009: Members of Congress Discuss Security Challenges Facing Guatemala
By Sara Lynch
A Congressional Members Working Group dinner discussion

June 8, 2009: The Significance of the Fujimori Trial
By Kevin McGinnis
The Dialogue held a discussion on the significance of the trial and recent sentence against former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori on Monday, June 8. The session featured two Peruvian lawyers deeply involved in the case, Carlos Rivera and Antonio Maldonado.

June 3, 2009: Media Development in Haiti
By Frances Aunon
The Dialogue hosted a special luncheon roundtable on the media in Haiti, co-sponsored by the Internews Network, on the challenges facing journalists and media organizations in reporting from Haiti.

June 3, 2009: Politics in Nicaragua
By Roberto Munster
The November 2008 municipal elections in Nicaragua were “probably one of the best documented cases of fraud in Latin America,” assessed Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Nicaraguan journalist and Editor of Confidencial. On June 3, the Inter-American Dialogue held a discussion with Chamorro to discuss politics in Nicaragua, joined by Manuel Orozco, senior associate at the Dialogue.

May 27, 2009: Access to Information in the Americas
By Alexandra Solano
On Wednesday, May 27th, the Dialogue held a discussion on recent developments in access to information in the Americas, including how institutions are working to create a new culture of transparency that can help limit government abuses.

May 26, 2009: Challenges for Mexican Democracy with Beatriz Paredes
By Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Beatriz Paredes spoke at a meeting jointly organized by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and the Inter-American Dialogue. Andrew Selee, director of the Mexico Institute, and Peter Hakim, president of the Dialogue, provided commentary.

May 22, 2009: Recent Trends in Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean
By Tim Cheston
“The sky is not falling on remittances,” assessed Natasha Bajuk, a remittances specialist at the Inter-American Development Bank's Multilateral Investment Fund, “but a significant number of families will see their needs go unmet.” Bajuk was one of four panelists of a lunch discussion held at the Inter-American Dialogue on May 22, 2009 to analyze recent trends in remittances in Latin America and the Caribbean. The event followed closely after the release of a new report by Manuel Orozco, the program director of the remittances and development program at the Dialogue, which estimates a 7 percent decline in remittances in 2009 to Latin American and the Caribbean.

May 21, 2009: Creating a Central America Forum
By Daphne Morrison
In response to the grim security situation—and the convergence of other ills in Central America—Peter Hakim and Hugo Beteta convened a select group of policy analysts, scholars, corporate leaders, heads of think tanks and foundations, diplomats, and officials from the international financial institutions on Thursday May 21 to explore the possibility of creating a working group on the region.

May 20, 2009: Andean Working Group Holds Sixteenth meeting in Washington
By Adam Siegel

May 20, 2009: The Outlook for Chile and Peru
By Leah Allen
During a breakfast discussion at the Dialogue on May 20th, Carlos Basombrío, former vice minister of the interior of Peru, and Genaro Arriagada, former minister of the presidency of Chile, discussed recent development and future prospects for their respective countries.

May 19, 2009: Education and Accountability in Jamaica
By Chloe Brown
Jamaica’s minister of education, Andrew Holness, is leading an unprecedented set of accountability reforms aimed at improving Jamaica’s education system. These education reform initiatives could set a pattern for the rest of the English-speaking Caribbean, where there is a growing consensus that radical improvements in public education are critical to national progress. Holness explained his rationale and approach for the reforms during a meeting at the Inter-American Dialogue on May 19. Charles Abelmann, manager of the Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness Group at the World Bank, offered comments.

May 19, 2009: Political Perspectives on Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela
By Chris Moore
The Dialogue was pleased to host a discussion on May 19, 2009 on the uncertain political situations and mounting economic concerns in Colombia, Ecuador, and Venezuela. Rodrigo Pardo, director of the Colombian newsmagazine Cambio; María Paula Romo, a member of the National Assembly of Ecuador, and Michael Penfold of the Insituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración in Venezuela presented thoughts on their respective country’s domestic and regional priorities.

May 19, 2009: A Celebration of the Life and Times of Raúl Prebisch
By Daphne Morrison
The Washington policy community gathered on Tuesday May 19 to celebrate the release of author Edgar Dosman’s new book, The Life and Times of Raúl Prebisch, 1901-1986. Dosman was joined by OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza and SEGIB Secretary General Enrique Iglesias at the Inter-American Dialogue. A reception followed the discussion, hosted by the Canadian Mission to the OAS.

May 12, 2009: The 2009 Legislative Elections in Argentina
By Chloe Brown
Patricia Vaca Narvaja, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives of Argentina, and Héctor Timerman, Argentine ambassador to the US, offered their commentary on Argentina’s elections and recent political developments at a May 12 meeting at the Inter-American Dialogue. The speakers discussed upcoming elections in the context of 25 years of democratic governance, stressing that Argentina has weathered major challenges without breaking democratic tradition—due in large part to the country’s strong institutions.

May 8, 2009: Will a Bad Economy Hurt Democracy? Evidence from the AmericasBarometer Survey
By Leah Allen
On Friday, May 8th, the Inter-American Dialogue held a special breakfast discussion on the impact of economic decline on democratic stability in Latin America, based on new evidence from the AmericasBarometer Survey conducted by the Latin American Public Opinion Project (LAPOP).

May 7, 2009: Obama's First 100 Days
By Chris Moore
Obama has yet to take any major steps on policy toward the Western Hemisphere, but initial progress has been made—and much of it is in line with the Dialogue’s ten-point policy report released earlier this year.

May 5, 2009: Recent Economic and political developments in Brazil
By Landen Romei
“Brazil has risen to a very singular place on the world stage today,” assessed Joel Velasco of the Washington office of the Brazilian Sugarcane Industry Association. “The question is what does Brazil want to do with this stature?”

May 1, 2009: The Cuban Revolution at 50
By Landen Romei
Fidel Castro is still the central figure of the Cuban Revolution, Pérez-Stable concluded, despite his age and renunciation of the Cuban presidency, he retains a dual title of “the great revolutionary and the great dictator.” He remains a key symbol for the revolution, a role he first performed when he called New York Times journalist, Herbert Matthews to the woods in 1957, recounted DePalma.

April 25, 2009: Colombia: Two decades of the Constitution of 1991, Advances of representation and challenges of governance
By Landen Romei
The Inter-American Dialogue, in partnership with the Organization of American States (OAS) and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung in Colombia (FESCOL), hosted the fourth national dialogue on democracy in Chinauta, Cundinamarca, Colombia on April 23-25, 2009. The workshop entitled, Colombia: Dos décadas de la Constitución de 1991, Avances de la representación y retos de la gobernabilidad, convened 15 distinguished Colombians representing political parties, civil society, academia, and the military.

April 24, 2009: The Economic Crisis in Latin America: A Spanish Viewpoint
By Daphne Morrison
Enrique Alberola, the head of the International Economics Department at Spain’s Central Bank, spoke at the Dialogue on April 24, addressing the impact of the financial crisis on Latin America from the European perspective, with an emphasis on Spanish-Latin American economic relations.

April 23, 2009: Haiti: The Immigration Challenge
By Cindy Rivas

April 15, 2009: Cuba Policy and US Public Opinion
By Melanie Ciolek
A new WorldPublicOpinion.org poll finds that a majority of Americans feel that it is time to try a “new approach to Cuba.” The study indicates that most of the public (70%) favors lifting the ban on American travel to Cuba and re-establishing diplomatic relations (a 69% majority of Americans). Freedom for Americans to travel to Cuba is broadly supported by Republicans (62%), Democrats (77%), and independents (66%).

April 14, 2009: Press Roundtable: Obama's Trip to Mexico and the Summit of the Americas
By Daphne Morrison
Sidney Weintraub of the Center for Strategic and International Studies joined the Dialogue’s Claudio Loser, Michael Shifter, Dan Erikson and Peter Hakim for a press roundtable discussion on the Summit and Obama’s trip to Mexico on Tuesday, April 14.

April 10, 2009: Is Hemispheric Energy Cooperation Viable?
By Daphne Morrison
A week short of the Fifth Summit of the Americas—whose written declaration includes several groundbreaking steps toward energy collaboration—three panelists gathered at the Inter-American Dialogue on Friday, April 17 to discuss the viability of regional energy cooperation. Ramon Espinasa, a senior oil and gas analyst at the Inter-American Development Bank, was joined by Sidney Weintraub of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Paul Isbell, a visiting senior fellow at the Dialogue.

April 9, 2009: Economic and Political Scenarios for Ecuador’s Elections
By Leah Allen
The Inter-American Dialogue held a special breakfast discussion on the outlook and implications of the upcoming elections in Ecuador, for positions from the president and legislature to local authorities on Thursday, April 9th, just over two weeks before the elections.

April 8, 2009: Congressional Staff Roundtable on the Summit of the Americas
By Christina Lara
The Dialogue's Congressional Staff Working Group met for a luncheon roundtable on the Summit of the Americas with former Chilean President and Dialogue co-chair Ricardo Lagos and former U.S. Trade Representative and Dialogue co-chair Carla Hills.

April 8, 2009: Lagos: Obama Should Engage Latin American Leaders in Global Agenda
By Matthew Schewel
On Wednesday, April 8, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m., the Dialogue and the Foundation for the Americas jointly sponsored a a discussion on the Fifth Summit of the Americas with former president Ricardo Lagos of Chile, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno and former US Special Envoy for the Americas, Thomas F. McLarty, at the University of California Washington Center.

March 31, 2009: Members of Congress Discuss US-Mexico Relations
By Christina Lara
A Congressional Members Working Group Dinner Discussion

March 24, 2009: What Must Latin America Do to Promote Economic & Social Equality?
By Jessica Brackett
Javier Santiso, chief development economist and director of the OECD Development Centre, and Santiago Levy, vice-president for sector and knowledge of the Inter-American Development Bank, discussed the findings of the 2009 OECD Latin American Economic Outlook report at an Inter-American Dialogue meeting on March 24, 2009.

March 19, 2009: Funes Faces Difficult Road as New Salvadoran President
By Leah Allen
Cynthia Arnson of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Heather Berkman of the Eurasia Group, Gabriela Inchauste of the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Dialogue’s Manuel Orozco discussed the implications of the Salvadoran election results at an Inter-American Dialogue meeting on March 19th.

March 19, 2009: Ambassador Brownfield on US-Colombian Relations
By Chloe Brown
The Inter-American Dialogue and the Brookings Institution Latin America Initiative held a discussion on the United States-Colombia relationship featuring William Brownfield, the current U.S. ambassador to Colombia, on Thursday, March 19, 2009.

March 18, 2009: Kent on Canada: Priorities and Goals in the Region
By Maïté Hostetter
Canadian Minister of State for the Americas, Peter Kent, spoke at a discussion entitled, Canada’s Policies and Priorities in Latin America and the Caribbean, on March 18.

March 12, 2009: US Officials Say Bilateral Issues Shouldn't Degrade Summit Diplomacy
By Matt Schewel and Paul Wander
The top US diplomat for Latin America on Thursday said the presence of US President Barack Obama at the Fifth Summit of the Americas, slated for this April in Trinidad and Tobago, will be a “crucial moment in the history of summitry,” but that divisive issues shouldn’t be allowed to “degrade the quality of diplomatic dialogue.”

March 5, 2009: Remittances to Cuba hold steady, sources diverge
By Paul Wander
Remittances to Cuba remained constant in 2008, but came from increasingly diverse sources and by increasingly informal means, said Manuel Orozco (Inter-American Dialogue) and Katrin Hansing (Cuban Research Institute at Florida International University) at the release of the survey on remittances and migration in Cuba on March 5th at the Inter-American Dialogue.

February 27, 2009: Highlights of the 2008 Latinobarómetro Report
By Leah Allen
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion featuring Marta Lagos, the executive director of Latinobarómetro, the most widely cited survey on democracy in Latin America, on Friday, February 27th. Javier Corrales, associate professor of political science at Amherst College, offered comments.

February 27, 2009: The U.S. and Cuba: Counter-narcotics Partners?
By Chloe Brown
Increased US-Cuba counter-narcotics cooperation could be a major boon to future national security for both countries, according to Rens Lee, senior fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute. Lee presented the findings of his recent paper on Cuba’s national and international drug policies during a discussion at the Inter-American Dialogue with Frank Mora, of the National War College, and Randy Beardsworth, of Catalyst Partners.

February 25, 2009: Successes and Challenges in the Reintegration of Colombian Ex-combatants
By Chris Moore
The process of reintegrating the more than 47,000 combatants from Colombia’s paramilitary and guerilla groups that have demobilized since mid-2002 is an ongoing struggle, requiring a unique set of both goals and guidelines, according to Frank Pearl, Colombia’s High Counselor for Social and Economic Reintegration.

February 19, 2009: China and Latin America: Political and Economic Challenges
By Maïté Hostetter
Cooperation between China and Latin America remains possible despite the current international financial crisis, panelists concluded at a 19 February forum featuring Jiang Shixue, the deputy director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences in Beijing, and Luiz Pereira da Silva, senior advisor to the World Bank and former deputy finance minister of Brazil.

February 12, 2009: The Outlook for Bolivian Politics under the New Constitution
By Christina Lara
The Inter-American Dialogue and the Washington Office on Latin America hosted a special discussion on February 12th about Bolivian politics following the adoption of a new Constitution in January. The featured speaker was Pablo Solón, Bolivia’s envoy to the United Nations and a close adviser to President Evo Morales.

February 12, 2009: Argentina’s Economic Challenges
By Chloe Brown
On February 12, 2009 the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on the economic problems facing Argentina. The event featured commentary from Miguel Kiguel, executive director of EconViews and former president of Argentina’s Banco Hipotecario, and Claudio Loser, a senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue and former head of the IMF’s Western Hemisphere Department.

February 4, 2009: A Conversation on Venezuela's Referendum to Eliminate Presidential Term Limits
By Maïté Hostetter
Two Venezuelan National Assembly deputies from the United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) – Calixto Ortega Ríos of Zulia state and Francisco Alejandro Torrealba Ojeda of Portuguesa – offered their views on the proposed amendment and what it means for the future of Venezuelan politics. Their opening remarks were followed by a wide-ranging exchange with participants.

February 1, 2009: Media and Governance: A Reform Agenda in Latin America and the Caribbean
By Daphne Morrison
The role of the media and its increasingly complex relationship to democracy in the Latin American and Caribbean region was the subject of a meeting on January 15, 2008. The Inter-American Dialogue convened some 40 journalists, editors, scholars, advocates, and government officials from more than 15 countries for a day-long conference in Washington, DC.

January 29, 2009: Fitch: "The Party's Over" for Latin America
By Paul Wander
Latin American countries may be better positioned to withstand this year’s worsening global economic conditions than in the past, but analysts at an Inter-American Dialogue round table discussion on January 29 said that the depth and duration of the current crisis will be strong enough to undo any positive trends and expose weaknesses in several economies in the coming period.

January 23, 2009: Women Leaders in the Peace-Building Process
By Christina Lara
On Friday, January 23rd, a panel of four women leaders from Bolivia and Colombia discussed the role of women in promoting a culture of non-violence and peace-building in the region.

January 6, 2009: Confronting Poverty and Inequality: Why Latin America Lags Behind East Asia and Eastern Europe
By Mariellen Jewers
On January 6th the Dialogue held a breakfast discussion on how social policy has been designed and implemented in Latin America as compared with East Asia and Eastern Europe. Speakers outlined major political and economic factors that shaped Latin America’s welfare system, based on a new book by Robert Kaufman and Stephan Haggard entitled Development, Democracy and Welfare States: Latin America, East Asia and Eastern Europe. Kaufman, a Rutgers University political scientist, led the discussion. He was joined by Chile’s former budget director, Mario Marcel, who manages the Inter-American Development Bank’s institutional capacity and finance sector.