Analysis

Factory workers in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, are pictured above. // File Photo: Mexican Government.

How Can Latin America Become More Productive?

What are the reasons behind the region’s persistently low productivity rates, and what can it do to reverse this trend?

Alicia Bárcena, Jaana Remes, Welby Leaman, Matteo Grazzi

Latin America Advisor ˙

Nearing the Tipping Point: Drivers of Deforestation in the Amazon Region

The largest tropical rainforest on the planet, the Amazon plays a critical role as a storehouse of carbon and mediator of the global water cycle and holds a greater share of the world’s known biodiversity than any other ecosystem. However, unchecked development is placing the Amazon under threat, pushing deforestation rates to near-record levels throughout the region.

Matt Piotrowski, Enrique Ortiz

Reports ˙

Poverty is on the rise in countries facing economic recession such as Argentina, Brazil and Venezuela, Nora Lustig writes below. // File Photo: Argentine Government.

What More Can Latin America Do to Reduce Poverty?

What factors are shaping extreme poverty rates in the region, and how should governments confront this challenge?

Jaana Remes, Nora Lustig, Claudio Loser, Camilo Arriagada Luco

Latin America Advisor ˙

Trump’s Cuba Sanctions Are a Mistake

President Donald Trump’s decision last month to increase sanctions on Cuba represents a strategic error with serious long-term repercussions for U.S. national security.

Rebecca Bill Chavez

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

File Photo: @jguaido via Twitter.

Who Has the Upper Hand in Venezuela Now?

What happened on April 30 in Venezuela, and did Maduro or Guaidó come out stronger?

Steve Ellner, Raúl Stolk, Kevin Ivers, Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian, Jennifer McCoy

Latin America Advisor ˙

Video

Is Haiti Back on the Brink?

On May 6, 2019, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on the current situation in Haiti and prospects for change.

Jacqueline Charles, Robert Fatton, Jr., Daniel P. Erikson

Event Summaries ˙

Member in the News: Laura Chinchilla

President Laura Chinchilla was awarded the “Women of the Decade in Public Life and Leadership” award at the Women Economic Forum on March 8, 2019 in Amsterdam.

Laura Chinchilla

˙ NCR Costa Rica

Decisive Moment for Venezuela’s Military

Venezuela may be slowly moving into a scenario in which the military moves to take full control, without Maduro, but not necessarily in accordance with Guaidó’s (and the constitution’s) terms and timetable for a transition.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ La Tercera

Juan Guaidó’s Uprising Failed. What’s Next for Venezuela?

Venezuela’s stalemate will not last forever, but an immediate and easy return to democracy is highly unlikely. The quicker the opposition and its international supporters adapt their strategies to this hard reality, the sooner the country can begin to find a way out of this unprecedented crisis.

Michael Shifter, Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ New York Times

Video

Shifter: “The Embarrassing Amateurism of Trump’s Foreign Policy Team”

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, was interviewed for Background Briefing with Ian Masters, where he discussed the Trump administration’s foreign policy towards Venezuela during this crisis and how their militarist thinking is not the best course of action.

Michael Shifter

Podcasts ˙ ˙ Background Briefing