• The Challenges Facing Democracy in Latin America: How to Govern Better

    “I was held at three concentration camps for more than one year; the key was to survive. Then I was expelled and I lived in exile for 10 years, barred from returning to the country. Many suffered much more than I did. […] During those years, I learned another lesson: If you allow yourself to sink into the justified bitterness and let your spirit to become contaminated with a negative animus, you cannot persuade and help mobilize others to build a better society. Therefore, the task was to build a new political and social force, and to battle for a better world, in liberty, without dictatorship.” Sergio Bitar receiving the Guillermo el O´Donnell Democracy Award and Lectureship 2017

    Jun 22 2017
  • El Salvador 25 Years After the Peace Agreements

    On June 20, the Inter-American Dialogue invited founder, Carlos Dada, and director, José Luis Sanz, of El Faro, the preeminent online investigative journal in El Salvador, to reflect on the aftermath of the Chapultepec Peace Accords and on the current challenges facing El Salvador.

    Jun 22 2017
  • A Conversation with Juan Carlos Varela, President of Panama

    On June 21, the Inter-American Dialogue was proud to host Juan Carlos Varela, sitting President of Panama, to discuss a variety of issues with Dialogue President, Michael Shifter. The hour-long conversation focused on confronting the current challenges in Central America, combating corruption and violence in Panama, the recent severing of ties between Taiwan and Panama, and looking ahead to next year’s Summit of the Americas in Peru.

    Jun 22 2017
  • Panama Shifts Foreign Ties

    Analyzing Panama’s shifting foreign policy and economic ties, CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke with Margaret Myers, director of the Latin America and the World Program at the Inter-American Dialogue.

    Jun 21 2017
  • El populismo no pasa sin dejar huellas

    Hay una tentación populista permanente nacida de injusticias acumuladas, crónicas debilidades institucionales y canonjías nacidas al amparo del poder.

    Jun 21 2017
  • What Is the Impact of Trump’s Policy Shift on Cuba?

    U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday announced a rollback of some parts of former President Barack Obama’s thaw with Cuba by expressly prohibiting tourist travel to the island, restating the importance of the U.S. embargo with Cuba and banning Americans from conducting financial transactions with companies under the control of Cuba’s military. What is the significance of the changes for Americans and for U.S. businesses?

    Jun 20 2017
  • Can Central America Break the Cycle of Drugs, Corruption and Gang War?

    The roots of Central America’s challenges run deep, and the Trump Administration’s policies seem unlikely to help Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras make significant progress.

    Jun 19 2017
  • Giro sobre Cuba ‘es vergonzoso para Estados Unidos’: Michael Shifter

    Michael Shifter, presidente de Diálogo Interamericano, considera desafortunado el cambio de política del presidente estadounidense, Donald Trump, hacia Cuba, aunque le parece positivo que las relaciones entre los dos países se mantengan.

    Jun 19 2017
  • The Inter-American Human Rights System in the Trump Era

    The relationship between the United States and the IACHR is historically complex, and the Trump Administration may be tempted to pull back—but engagement is still the best way to serve US strategic interests.

    Jun 15 2017
  • La OEA y la crisis en Venezuela

    El viernes 2 de Junio, Michael Shifter habló con America 360 para discutir la situación en Venezuela y el impacto que puede o debe tener la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) sobre la crisis en este país. El presidente del Diálogo también habló sobre el papel de EEU y como seguirá aplicando sanciones contra oficiales del gobierno chavista.

    Jun 12 2017
  • El retiro de Estados Unidos del Acuerdo de París

    Después del anuncio de Trump, muchos líderes latinoamericanos condenaron la decisión de Estados Unidos de abandonar el Acuerdo de París y reiteraron su compromiso con los objetivos del cambio climático.

    Jun 12 2017
  • How Will the U.S. Split From the Paris Deal Affect Latin America?

    President Donald Trump announced June 1 that he was withdrawing the United States from the Paris Agreement on climate change. Was this the right move for the United States?

    Jun 8 2017
  • La incertidumbre de Centroamérica ante Trump

    Hay una ausencia de claridad acerca de cuál será la manera de trabajar con los Estados Unidos.

    Jun 8 2017
  • Migrants, Remittances, and New Technologies

    Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed US$70 billion in 2016, representing a critical source of income for the region. Two new Dialogue studies shed light on remittances, emerging technologies in methods of transfers, and opportunities for financial inclusion. These studies were presented and discussed on May 17th at an event moderated by Peter Hakim, President Emeritus of the Dialogue, and featuring speakers Manuel Orozco, the Director of the Dialogue’s Migration, Remittances, and Development Program, and Daniel Ayala, the Executive Vice President and Head of Global Remittances Services for Wells Fargo.

    Jun 8 2017
  • Los desafíos de la democracia en América Latina. Como gobernar mejor.

    “Pasé por tres campos de concentración durante más de un año; la clave fue sobrevivir. Y luego viví 10 años de exilio, con prohibición de reingreso al país. Muchos sufrieron harto más que yo, tantos desaparecieron, pero la mayoría mantuvo la resolución de luchar. […] Si uno se sume en la justificada amargura y deja que su espíritu se contamine con un ánimo negativo no puede convocar para construir una sociedad mejor. Decidí entonces dedicar mi vida a recuperar la democracia y la justicia. La tarea era construir una nueva fuerza política y social, y batallar por un mundo mejor, en libertad, sin dictadura.” Sergio Bitar al recibir el premio Guillermo el O´Donnell Democracy Award and Lectureship 2017.

    Jun 8 2017