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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.