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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.

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.