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Panelists at the Latin American Energy Conference Video

Experts and officials discuss LAC energy policy

While 2021 has been a year of transition for the energy sector in Latin America, it has also been a year of instability in the region’s political conditions and social environment. Under this context, industry experts, government officials and corporate representatives convened virtually to discuss the challenges, opportunities and changes in Latin America’s energy markets at the Fifth Annual Latin America Energy Conference.

Event Summaries ˙ ˙ Fifth Annual Latin America Energy Conference

Shifter Video

Conclusiones de la Asamblea General de Naciones Unidas

En una entrevista con France 24  Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, ofreció sus impresiones sobre la Asamblea General de la Organización de Naciones Unidas (ONU). Durante la entrevista también se habló sobre la influencia de China en América Latina, el nuevo tratado de seguridad AUKUS (Australia-United Kingdom-United States) y el retiro de tropas estadounidenses en Afganistán. 

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ France24

Binetti Video

Conclusiones de la Cumbre de la CELAC

Bruno Binetti, investigador no residente del Diálogo Interamericano, fue invitado por el Club de Presa para compartir sus opiniones sobre temas urgentes en la región latinoamericana. Durante esta entrevista se abordó el intento de Andrés Manuel Lopez Obrador de fortalecer la Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños (CELAC), la distribución de vacunas en el mundo y la creciente crisis migratoria con ciudadanos haitianos en la frontera estadounidense. 

Bruno Binetti, Gustau Alegret

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24

Lisa Viscidi on Voice of America Video

El impacto del cambio climático en el Triángulo Norte

La región del Triángulo Norte es extremadamente vulnerable a los efectos del cambio climático y merece una atención especial. Los huracanes y muchas veces las sequías agravan las crisis humanitarias y económicas en Guatemala, Honduras y El Salvador. Lisa Viscidi compartió sus comentarios sobre las consecuencias del cambio climático en la región y lo que pueden hacer tanto los gobiernos del área como Estados Unidos para mitigar y adaptarse a los impactos climáticos.

Lisa Viscidi

Interviews ˙ ˙ Voice of America

Lisa speaking at CAF event Video

Los efectos de la descarbonización en Latinoamérica

El 14 de septiembre, el Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF) realizó un seminario web sobre la transición energética en Latinoamérica. En ello, Lisa Viscidi, la directora del programa de Energía, Cambio Climático e Industrias Extractivas, habla del estado de la descarbonización en Latinoamérica, y explica cómo la transición energética influirá en otras industrias de estos países. 

Lisa Viscidi

Presentations ˙ ˙ Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina (CAF)

Viscidi on CGTN Video

Climate Change in Latin America: present and future impacts

Across the Latin American region, state governments are pursuing climate adaptation plans to stymie the pronounced impacts of climate change. In an interview with CGTV’s The Heat, Lisa Viscidi discusses current impacts of climate change on migration, economies and natural resources in the region. With COP 26 around the corner, questions of climate finance and international cooperation take on a new urgency.

Lisa Viscidi

Interviews ˙ ˙ The Heat CGTV

Shortages of water have worsened this year in locations including Mexico. // File Photo: Mexican Government.

What Is Being Done About Water Stress in Latin America?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on water stress in Latin America and what regional governments and the private sector are doing to mitigate the effects of droughts.

Devry Boughner Vorwerk, Rebecca Keller, Thomas Rideg, Patricia Urteaga Crovetto

Latin America Advisor ˙

Image of Lisa Viscidi and Robert Stonerthe Video

The Role of Natural Gas in a Decarbonized World – Regional Insights

On June 14, the Atlantic Council and the Energy Futures Initiative held a webinar on the role of natural gas in the transition to zero-carbon energy systems. Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Dialogue, spoke about financing natural gas infrastructure in Latin America.

Lisa Viscidi

Presentations ˙ ˙ The Atlantic Council

Nature scene of the Peruvian Amazon Rainforest

Sustainable Investment Is Flooding the Market

Companies are increasingly under pressure from the public and regulators to both disclose and improve environment, social, and governance (ESG) metrics. Such regulations in Europe and the United States will nudge investors toward low emissions projects. All this capital has to be put somewhere, and Latin America and other emerging markets are well positioned to become big recipients of these increased climate-focused flows.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

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Expertos analizan las rutas para alcanzar la carbono neutralidad

La Fundación Propagas, la Universidad Central del Este y el Diálogo Interamericano celebraron el jueves 3 de junio la Quinta Edición de la Cátedra Magistral Ambiental, dedicada a la señora Rosa Margarita Bonetti de Santana, destacada medioambientalista de la República Dominicana.

Ignacio Albe

Event Summaries ˙

VP Harris speaking

Vice President Harris’ Trip to Mexico & Guatemala

The upcoming trip of Vice President Kamala Harris to Mexico and Guatemala will focus on a wide range of challenges, including corruption, violence, organized crime, lack of economic development, investment, job opportunities, and climate change. Our experts discuss the issues that are likely to be raised during this trip, possible points of contention, concerns around the rule of law and regional security, and the current and expected migration trends from Central America, among other topics.

Michael Shifter, Rebecca Bill Chavez, Manuel Orozco

Row of solar PV panels

Energy and Climate Change: Latin America as a Strategic Player

In an interview with The Science of Where Magazine, Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change, and Extractive Industries Program, and Sarah Phillips, program assistant, discussed Latin America’s progress toward the energy transition and its geopolitical implications. 

Lisa Viscidi, Sarah Phillips

Interviews ˙ ˙ The Science of Where Magazine

A report cover featuring wind turbines, solar panels, and large battery cells

State of Charge: Energy Storage in Latin America and the Caribbean

Energy storage is a class of technologies that is diverse, complex, and rapidly evolving. Policymakers in Latin America and the Caribbean will need to acquire a strong grasp of the technical characteristics and benefits of these technologies, the services they can provide, and the most relevant regional and power market applications for each technology, according to this report authored by experts from the Inter-American Dialogue and the Inter-American Development Bank.

Lisa Viscidi, Nate Graham, Ariel Yépez-García, Edwin Malagón

Reports ˙ ˙ Inter-American Development Bank

collage of speaker headshots and image of a wind farm Video

Electrification and Innovation Among Key Private Sector Strategies in Latin America’s Energy Transition

As the energy transition gathers pace and Latin American countries raise their emissions reduction targets, private companies are revising their business models to meet demand for renewable energy and other solutions. The United States has also reemerged as a partner on climate action in the region. This webinar explored the current and potential role of the private sector in Latin America’s energy transition and how the United States can provide support.

Jamie Dorner

Event Summaries ˙

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Energy and Mining in the Amazon

The Amazon rainforest, one of the world’s most important ecosystems, faces environmental impacts from hydroelectric dams, oil and gas drilling sites, and mining projects. A new database and analysis by the Inter-American Dialogue reveals that state-owned enterprises, as well as small and mid-sized international companies from a handful of countries, operate the largest share of such projects in the Amazon region, meaning these companies have a substantial influence over the implementation of environmental and social safeguards.

Lisa Viscidi, Sarah Phillips

Reports ˙ ˙ Download the Report