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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)