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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.