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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."