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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)

January 24, 2012: A Conversation with Ricardo Lagos
By Sarah Cardona
On Tuesday, January 24, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with former president of Chile Ricardo Lagos to launch his new book, Southern Tiger: Chile’s Fight for a Peaceful and Democratic Future (Palgrave Macmillan).

December 19, 2011: The Global Economic Crisis: Impact on Poverty in Latin America
By Kim Covington
The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion with the World Bank Poverty Reduction and Gender Group Sector Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean, Louise Cord, on the impact of the global crisis on poverty and inequality in Latin America. Two questions guided the discussion—why poverty has continued to decline despite the crisis and what now has to be done to avoid losing ground to the economic uncertainty and slowdown in much of the region.Commentary was provided by Judith Morrison, the Inter-American Development Bank’s senior advisor for the Gender and Diversity Unit, and Jeffrey Puryear, vice president for Social Policy at the Inter-American Dialogue.

December 7, 2011: Mexico's Foreign Policy: The Issues and Choices Ahead
By Christian Reyes
The Inter-American Dialogue with the Woodrow Wilson Center held a discussion of Mexico’s foreign policy challenges. Our featured guest was Mexican scholar Rafael Fernández de Castro, who served as foreign policy adviser to President Calderón. Dr. Fernández de Castro reviewed the most important issues and choices confronting Mexico in its relations with the US as both countries prepare for presidential elections next year. He also examined the prospects and potential risks of Mexico’s taking on a larger foreign policy role in Central and South America—and discussed the global opportunities and challenges facing Mexico. Andrew Selee, director of the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute, provided commentary.

December 6, 2011: Global Trends and the Future of Latin America
By Luis Ferreira
On December 6, 2011, the Dialogue organized a one-day workshop at the Inter-American Development Bank.

November 22, 2011: Beyond the China Boom: Latin America's Long-Term Growth Prospects
By Alexis Arthur
Latin America must look beyond current patterns of trade if it is to achieve long-term growth, according to World Bank senior economist Augusto de la Torre. He was joined by Alejandro Izquierdo and Claudio Loser at the Inter-American Dialogue on November 22 to discuss the region’s economic relations with China and the future of economic growth.

November 22, 2011: Cuba: the Politics of Transition
By Will Vogt
Recent scholarship on Cuba and its political transition has identified a “crisis of the socialist political model,” according to Harvard professor and Temas journal editor Rafael Hernández. Hernández was joined by Julia Sweig, director of Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, for the event hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue on November 22, to explore political changes currently underway in Cuba.