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Credit: Protestors in Maracaibo, Venezuela/María Alejandra Mora (SoyMAM)/CC BY-SA 3.0

CRISIS IN VENEZUELA: Can the government led by Nicolas Maduro survive the wave of street protests that have spread throughout Venezuela over the past two weeks?   Will he make any concessions to the protesters? The answers are unclear. 


The Dialogue’s Andean Program seeks to address the most pressing issues facing Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, including democratic governance, drug trafficking, energy, and international relations. The program regularly hosts meetings that brings together some of the Western Hemisphere’s most influential and recognized individuals to discuss salient topics facing the region. It also coordinates the annual meeting of the Latin America Working Group, formerly known as the Andean Working Group. Comprised of approximately thirty of the region’s leading analysts and practitioners, the Working Group discusses Latin America’s democratic, economic, social, and political development as well as the role of regional institutions and the influence of hemispheric actors, such as Brazil. 


Michael Shifter, President
Cameron Combs, Program Assistant

For more information please contact Cameron Combs at or (202) 463-2574.


Reacting to the Violence in Venezuela by Peter Hakim, LatinPulse, 21 March 2014.

Promisoria Alianza del Pacífico by Michael Shifter, La Tercera, 16 February 2014.

Experimento en Latinoamérica by Moisés Naím, El País, 15 February 2014. 

Terrorist Groups in Latin America: The Changing Landscape by Michael Shifter, Statement before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Terrorism, Nonproliferation and Trade, 4 February 2014.

Presidente de Diálogo Interamericano: "EE.UU. admira lo que pasa en la Alianza del Pacífico" Michael Shifter in La Tercera 1 February 2014.

Americas Summit Sans United States: Venezuela, Argentina To Push For Puerto Rican Independence Michael Shifter in Fox News Latino, 28 January 2014.

ARENA: mano dura con manos cutas, by Joaquin Villalobos, La Pagina, 27 January 2014.

Liberales y liberales by Mario Vargas Llosa, El Pais, 25 January 2014.

Sergio Bitar: “Para un nuevo horizonte, no basta con un fallo, ni su implementación, se requiere decisión política”by Sergio Bitar, DF, 24 January 2014.

Mario Vargas Llosa: Fallo de La Haya debe dejar atrás las razones de tensión y encono by Mario Vargas Llosa, La Republica, 23 January 2014.

Bitar: Presidentes ya deben saber resultado de La Haya by Sergio Bitar, Terra, 14 January 2014.

¿Un castillo de naipes? By Mario Vargas Llosa, El Pais, 12 January 2014.

Strained Ties: the US and Ecuador, by Michael Shifter, World Politics Review, 7 January 2014.

Four Top Stories from Latin America in 2013/Lo que le dejó el año a América Latina y que seguirá en 2014, by Michael Shifter, El Colombiano, 30 December 2013.

President Juan Manuel Santos Comes to Washington/Tras la visita de Santos a Obama, todo sigue igual: es decir, bien, by Peter Hakim, Infolatam, 6 December 2013.

My way or the "trail," by Scott Odell, The Broker, 21 November 2013.

Why Have Businesses in Colombia Become so Pessimistic?, Q&A from the Latin America Advisor featuring Antonio Navarro Wolff, Alexander Chalmers, and Andy Webb-Vidal, 21 October 2013.

Maduro's Latest US Maneuvers/La maniobra de Maduro frente a Estados Unidos, by Michael Shifter, El Colombiano, 6 October 2013.



Debating the Prospects for Peace in Colombia, by Cameron Combs and Tim Heine, 26 March 2013.

Re-Election in the Andes: Politics and Prospects, by Michael Penfold, September 2010.

Corruption in the Andean Region: Is Progress Being Made?, by Carlos Basombrío Iglesias, July 2009.

Two Perspectives on Ecuador: Rafael Correa's Political Project, by Adrián Bonilla and César Montúfar, August 2008.

A Watershed Moment for Venezuela, by Teodoro Petkoff, July 2008. 


A Conversation with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, 4 December 2013.

The Outlook for Judicial Reform in Ecuador, 18 November 2013.

Challenges Facing Ecuador's Civil Society Organizations, 28 October 2013.

Economic Outlook in the Andes, 10 October 2013.

What's in Store for Venezuela? , 7 August 2013.

A Conversation with Colombia's Minister of Mines and Energy, 28 June 2013.

President Ollanta Humala on Peru's Global Emergence, June 10, 2013.

Citizen Security in Colombia: A Conversation with Director of the National Police, José Roberto León Riaño, May 22, 2013.

The Post-Chávez Era, March 19, 2013.

Peru's Political and Institutional Agenda: A Conversation with the Speaker of Congress, February 21, 2013.



Lew Seeks to Repair Brazil Ties in First Trip to Latin America Michael Shifter in Bloomberg News 17 March 2014.

Crisis en Venezuela: lenta respuesta de OEA evidencia sus limitaciones para actuar Michael Shifter in La Republica 8 March 2014.

Latin America’s Leading Ladies The Inter-American Dialogue in Diplomatic Courier 19 March 2014.

Venezuela's Maduro to U.S.: Don't Kill Me, Give Peace a Chance Michael Shifter in NBC News 19 March 2014. 

Venezuela hacia el abismo: golpe militar o diálogo auspiciado por los vecinos Peter Hakim in Infolatam, 17 March 2014.

Ecuador’s popular, powerful president Rafael Correa is a study in contradictions Michael Shifter in The Washington Post, 15 March 2014.

México y Colombia se consolidan como los países de moda Claudio Loser in Infolatam 17 February 2014.

Jailed leader channels Venezuelans’ ire Michael Shifter in The Washington Post 19 February 2014.

Can Venezuela's socialist government survive wave of protests? Michael Shifter in CNN, 24 February 2014.

Venezuela Opposition Agrees to Talks as Unrest Rocks Caracas Michael Shifter in Bloomberg Business Week 23 February, 2014.

Lopez’s Arrest Sends Venezuelan Protests Into Second Week Michael Shifter in Bloomberg News, 19 February 2014.

The Current Situation in Venezuela, Michael Shifter speaks on BBC, 18 February, 2014.

Inflation Fuels Crises in Two Latin Nations, Claudio Loser in Wall Street Journal, February 5, 2014.

América Latina: tierra fértil para terroristas Michael Shfiter in Voz de America, 5 Febrauary 2014.

Presidente de Diálogo Interamericano: "EE.UU. admira lo que pasa en la Alianza del Pacífico" Michael Shifter in La Tercera 1 February 2014.

Venezuelan Leader to Press for Puerto Rican Independence Michael Shifter in The Wall Street Journal 26 January 2014.

Chile and Peru see end to old differences as Hague verdict nears Michael Shifter in Reuters 23 January 2014.

Venezuela: Devaluation “Imminent”, the Dialogue's Latin America Advisor in Latinvex, January 8, 2014.

Por la vía judicial- Entrevista exclusiva a Mario Vargas Llosa Mario Vargas Llosa in IDL January 2014.

Escape from Bolivia: Mystery operation with Hollywood twist brings US man home, Peter Hakim in Christian Science Monitor, 19 December 2013.

Jacob Ostreicher leaves Bolivia after two years jail into arms of Sean Penn, Peter Hakim in Herald Sun, 18 December 2013.

Corte IDH: Salida de Venezuela de la Convención de DDHH fue un golpe para ese sistema, the Dialogue in Venezuela al Día, 16 December 2013.

Salida de Venezuela de Convención de DDHH fue golpe para ese sistema (Corte IDH), the Dialogue in Terra, December 16, 2013.

'Destituciones por vía administrativa deben revisarse caso por caso', the Dialogue in El Tiempo, December 16, 2013.

Santos le pedirá a Obama un apoyo al posconflicto, Michael Shifter in Semana, December 3, 2013.