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The Inter-American Dialogue has been involved in a variety of activities in preparation for the sixth Summit of the Americas in Cartagena, Colombia in April 2012. To inform the debate that will take place among the presidents of the Western Hemisphere, the Summit Committee commissioned the Dialogue to prepare a series of papers on topics including natural disasters, citizen security, poverty and inequality, and health and technology.

During the lead-up to the summit, the Dialogue convened several public meetings to enrich the quality and relevance of the summit. On March 15, Colombia's Summit coordinator, Ambassador Jaime Jiron, joined officials from the State Department and the OAS to discuss prospects for Cartagena. At an April 10 meeting, drug policy experts gathered at the Dialogue to discuss the implications of the anticipated drug policy debate at the Summit. Since the first Summit of the Americas in Miami in 1994, the Dialogue has played a role leading up to and following each summit, with a focus on the specific issues, as well as the process itself, and how it might better serve the changing needs of the hemisphere.


The Inter-American Institutions program aims to monitor and analyze the developments of the Organization of American States, the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations, and other multilateral institutions operating in the Western Hemisphere.

The Dialogue offers a forum for leaders to identify collective policy priorities and has frequently been invited to assist in framing the agenda for hemispheric gatherings. The Dialogue hopes to encourage strategic, region-wide thinking and more productive integration among the hemisphere's key leaders.


Michael Shifter, President
Peter Hakim, President Emeritus
Murat Dagli, Program Assistant

For more information, contact Murat Dagli at or (202) 463-2574.











PUBLICATIONS                                                                        Events

Mega-Regional Trade Negotiations: What Is at Stake for Latin America? , Osvaldo Rosales and Sebastián Herreros. 15 Jan 2014

"Digital Technologies: A Path to Improved Education and Health in Remote Communities," Peter Hakim with Mariellen Jewers, November 9, 2011.

"Managing Natural Disasters," Lucy Conger, with research assistance from Cory Siskind, September 23, 2011. (Spanish).

"Constructing Citizen Security in the Americas," Peter Hakim with Kim Covington, September 23, 2011. (Spanish).

"Pobreza, desigualdad y Objetivos de Desarrollo del Milenio en América Latina y el Caribe," Nora Lustig, September 23, 2011. (English).

"Latin American Multilateralism: New Directions," forward by Michael Shifter, Canadian Foundation for the Americas (FOCAL) September 28, 2010.

A Second Chance: U.S. Policy in the Americas. Inter-American Dialogue. March 2009.

"Atmospherics Dominate Cordial Summit," by Michael Shifter and Dan Joyce, Oxford Analytica, April 27, 2009.

"After the Summit," by Peter Hakim, Infolatam, April 20, 2009. (Spanish)

"The Promise of Port of Spain," by Michael Shifter, El Tiempo (Colombia), April 8, 2009. (Spanish)

"How to Judge the 2009 Summit," by Peter Hakim, First Magazine, April 7, 2009.

"President Obama and the OAS," by Michael Shifter, Américas, April 1, 2009. (Spanish)

"No Surprise: the Spotlight Will Be On Obama in Trinidad and Tobago," by Peter Hakim, Infolatam, March 3, 2009. (Spanish)

"Why We Are Together," by Peter Hakim, FOCAL Point, August 7, 2008.

Impunity in Buenos Aires bombing,” by Marifeli Pérez-Stable, Miami Herald, September 11.

More publications...


IACHR Report on Citizen Security and Human Rights featuring IACHR’s vice-chair Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro and executive secretary Santiago Canton. Commentary was be provided by Adriana Beltrán, WOLA senior associate for citizen security. October 19, 2010.

Congressional Members Discuss the Organization of American States hosted by Representatives Xavier Becerra (D- CA) and Bob Goodlatte (R- VA). Select participants included OAS secretary general José Miguel Insulza, Carmen Lomellin, and former assistant secretary general, Luigi Einaudi. May 12, 2010.

Fighting Corruption in the Americas: Is the Inter-American Convention Living Up To Its Potential? Featuring Federico Arenoso of Poder Ciudadano in Buenos Aires, Lupe Cajías of Transparencia Bolivia, and Iván Meini, a consultant with Consejo Nacional para la Ética Pública (Proética) in Lima, Peru. September 15, 2009.

Press Roundtable on the Summit and Obama's Trip to Mexico featuring Sidney Weintraub of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Dialogue’s Claudio Loser, Michael Shifter, Dan Erikson and Peter Hakim. April 14, 2009.

Is Hemispheric Energy Cooperation Viable? Featuring Ramon Espinasa, senior oil and gas analyst at the Inter-American Development Bank, Sidney Weintraub of the Center for Strategic and International Studies and Paul Isbell, visiting senior fellow at the Dialogue. April 10, 2009. 

The Fifth Summit of the Americas: What is Expected? Co-sponsored by the Canadian Foundation for the Americas. Featuring OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, IDB President Alberto Moreno, former Chilean president Ricardo Lagos and former US Special Envoy for the Americas, Thomas F. McLarty. April 8 2009. Watch this event on C-SPAN


The Inter-American Institutions program focuses on the OAS, Summit of the Americas and other institutions in the Western Hemisphere.