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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.