Inter-American Dialogue Inter-American Dialogue
About the DialogueMembersEventsPublicationsImpactSupport Program Agenda
Impact

CONTACT THE DIALOGUE'S EXPERTS

 

Expertise Expert
Latin America, Andean Region, Central America, US Foreign Policy, Democratic Governance, Security



Michael Shifter is president of the Dialogue and director of its Andean program. Since 1993, he has been an adjunct professor of Latin American politics at Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service. Mr. Shifter writes and comments widely on U.S.-Latin American relations and hemispheric affairs. His recent articles have appeared in several major U.S. and Latin American publications, including the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Journal of Democracy, Harvard International Review, Clarín, O Estado de S. Paulo, and Cambio. Along with Jorge Domínguez, he is the co-editor of Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Since 1996, he has regularly testified before Congress about U.S. policy towards Latin America. Mr. Shifter is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations

Email: michael@thedialogue.org

Brazil, US Foreign Policy, Latin America, Cuba, Central America, Trade & Economics, Drug Policy, Energy Policy

Peter Hakim is president emeritus of the Dialogue. Mr. Hakim writes and speaks widely on hemispheric issues, is regularly interviewed on radio and television, and has testified more than a dozen times before Congress. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, and Financial Times, and in many Latin American newspapers and journals. Prior to joining the Dialogue, he was a vice president of the Inter-American Foundation and worked for the Ford Foundation in both New York and Latin America. He has held teaching positions at MIT and Columbia and has served on boards and advisory committees for the World Bank, Council on Competitiveness, Inter-American Development Bank, Foreign Affairs en Español, Partners for Democratic Change, and Human Rights Watch. Mr. Hakim is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

Email: phakim@thedialogue.org

Education Reform, Social Policy


Jeffrey M. Puryear is vice president for social policy at the Dialogue and director of its education program, the Partnership for Educational Revitalization in the Americas (PREAL). He previously served as head of the Ford Foundation's regional office for the Andes and the Southern Cone and as a research scholar at New York University. He received his Ph.D. in comparative education from the University of Chicago. Mr. Puryear has authored numerous articles on inter-American affairs. His book on intellectuals and democracy in Chile was published in 1994 by the Johns Hopkins University Press.

Email: jpuryear@thedialogue.org

Democratic Governance, Women's Leadership, Press Freedom

Joan Caivano is deputy to the president and director of special projects at the Dialogue. She also directs the Dialogue's project on press freedom issues and its work on women's leadership in the Americas. She manages a range of institutional responsibilities, including the Dialogue's Sol Linowitz Forum, its publications program, outreach to the press, and membership issues. Previously, she worked at the Overseas Development Council and the Brookings Institution, and managed several small business enterprises. She has been a frequent guest lecturer on issues of concern to women in Latin America at the Foreign Service Institute. She holds a masters degree in Latin American Studies from Georgetown University, where she also completed her undergraduate studies.

Email: jcaivano@thedialogue.org

China and Latin America

Margaret Myers is director of the China and Latin America program. She received a BA in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and conducted graduate work in international development studies at The George Washington University. She also recently studied US-China relations at the Johns Hopkins University/Nanjing University Center for Chinese-American Studies. Prior to arriving at the Dialogue, she worked as an analyst for the US government, which required her to travel throughout Latin America and East Asia.

She also previously served as a Spanish and Chinese teacher for Virginia Public Schools.

Email: mmyers@thedialogue.org

Remittances, Migration, Development, Financial Literacy, Central America

Manuel Orozco is a senior associate at the Inter-American Dialogue, where he serves as executive director of the Remittances and Rural Development project funded by the Multilateral Investment Fund of the Inter-American Development Bank and the U.N. International Fund for Agricultural Development. He is chair of Central America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute and senior researcher at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University. Dr. Orozco has taught political science at the University of Akron, Ohio, and international relations in Costa Rica. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Texas at Austin, a M..A. in public administration and Latin American studies, and a B.A. in international relations from the National University of Costa Rica.


Email: morozco@thedialogue.org

Political, Social and Economic Issues, Energy Policy

Genaro Arriagada was appointed non-resident senior fellow of the Dialogue in January 2008. Arriagada has served as minister of the presidency of Chile, ambassador of Chile to the United States, chairman of the board of Radio Cooperativa, and national director of the “NO” Campaign, which defeated General Augusto Pinochet in the plebiscite of October 1988. Arriagada served as ambassador-at-large and special envoy of the president of Chile to the Second Summit of the Americas in Santiago, Chile in April 1998. He was also the head of Ricardo Lagos’ 1999 presidential campaign and of Eduardo Frei’s 1993 presidential campaign. Mr. Arriagada serves on the Board of Universidad de las Américas and as a senior advisor to the president of the Club de Madrid. He is the editor of Asuntos Publicos and has been a fellow of The Woodrow Wilson Center (1978-79) and The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Mr. Arriagada has published a dozen books and numerous articles and columns regarding political, social, and economic issues.

Email: garriagada@thedialogue.org

Chile, Education Reform, Mining issues, Globalization

Sergio Bitar is a non-resident senior fellow at the Dialogue. Most recently, he served as minister of public works under President Michelle Bachelet. He was minister of education, minister of mining, a senator, and president of the Party for Democracy (PPD) on two occasions. Trained as an engineer and economist, he will on education issues and the impact of globalization on Latin America at the Dialogue through April 2011. Mr. Bitar founded the Latin American Center for International Economics and Politics (CLEPI) and served as its president from 1987 to 1993. He is also currently president of the Corporación Museo del Salitre and vice-president of Fundación Paz Ciudadana. He sits on the boards of Universidad Mayor and Fundación País Digital and has published dozens of books and articles including Chile Mas Allá del Bicentenario (Editorial Planeta, Santiago, 2009), Educación Nuestra Riqueza, Chile Educa para el siglo XXI  (Editorial El Mercurio- Aguilar, Santiago, 2005), and Chile 1970-1973 (Editorial Pehuén, Chile, 1996 and 2001).

Email: sbitar@thedialogue.org

Argentina, Latin America, Financial Issues, Economics, Trade

Claudio Loser is a visiting senior fellow at the Dialogue, working on financial, macroeconomic and trade issues, focusing particularly on the management of financial crises in Latin America. A native of Argentina, Dr. Loser led the International Monetary Fund's activities in Latin America since 1994, where he was most recently the head of the Western Hemisphere department. He graduated from the University of Cuyo in Argentina and received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago.

Email: closer@thedialogue.org

Economic Policy, Social Policy, International Affairs


Nora Lustig is a non-resident senior fellow at the Dialogue. She is also the Samuel Z. Stone professor of Latin American economics at Tulane University and a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development. Previously, she served as the Shapiro visiting professor of international affairs at George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs, director of the United Nations Development Programme's poverty group, president and professor of the Department of Economics of the Universidad de las Americas in Puebla, Mexico, chief of the Poverty and Inequality Unit at the Inter-American Development Bank, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, and a professor at the Center of Economic Studies of the Colegio de Mexico. Dr. Lustig has published 15 books and more than 70 articles. She co-founded and served as president of  the Latin American and Caribbean Economic Association and co-directed the World Bank’s World Development Report 2000/2001: Attacking Poverty, served as president of the Mexican Commission of Macroeconomics and Health, co-directored the UNDP project Markets, the State and the Dynamics of Inequality, and directed the Inter-American Dialogue’s Social Report Card. She obtained her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley.

Email: nlustig@tulane.edu