Photo of hurricane damage in Puerto Rico

How Can Puerto Rico Strengthen its Power Grid?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on Puerto Rico’s power sector following damage caused by Hurricane Fiona.

Rocío M. Velez, Charles R. Venator Santiago, Ingrid M. Vila Biaggi, Cate Long, José J. Villamil, Lionel R. Orama Exclusa, Tom Sanzillo

Energy Advisor ˙

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

Orozco in CNN Video

Orozco: “The Biden Administration proposal [must] approach the structural causes that have spurred migration not only in Central America”

Manuel Orozco, non-resident Senior Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, joined CNN for an interview to discuss the ongoing migration phenomenon occurring in Mexico’s southern border. The interview touched upon some of the causes of migration, the countries where large numbers of migrants are coming from, and why this issue needs to be urgently dealt with.

Manuel Orozco

Interviews ˙ ˙ CNN

Protesters have criticized Puerto Rico Governor Wanda Vázquez over aid that was undistributed following Hurricane Maria in 2017. // File Photo: Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

How Much Will a Scandal Over Aid Harm Puerto Rico?

Why did Puerto Rico’s government fail to distribute the aid, and could the incident affect future disbursements of federal funds for the U.S. territory?

Beatrice Rangel, Mayra Vélez Serrano, Kenneth McClintock, Jacqueline Font-Guzmán, Julio López Varona

Latin America Advisor ˙


The Last Straw: Puerto Rico After “Ricky Leaks”

On August 1st, 2019 the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the event “The Last Straw: Puerto Rico After ‘Ricky Leaks’” with Gretchen Sierra-Zorita, José A. Delgado, and Pedro Reina Pérez. Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, gave opening remarks and moderated the event.

Renata Lara Arizpe

Event Summaries ˙


Análisis del estado social, político y económico de la región

El 31 de julio, Michael Shifter analizó varios temas de la región en el programa Cuestión de Poder de NTN24. El presidente del Diálogo ofreció su opinión sobre el estado de Venezuela, las protestas en Puerto Rico, el futuro de la economía en la región, y lo que simboliza la estancia del expresidente salvadoreño en Nicaragua, entre otras preguntas sobre América Latina.  

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24


Michael Shifter sobre Venezuela, Puerto Rico y el futuro de Bolivia

Michael Shifter habló con Gustau Alegret de NTN24 sobre temas de actualidad en la región, incluyendo la crisis en Venezuela, las amenazas de presidente Trump contra Guatemala, las manifestaciones en Puerto Rico, y las elecciones en Bolivia.

Michael Shifter, Gustau Alegret

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24

Will Puerto Rico’s Governor Soon Be Forced From Office?

What are the underlying factors that led to protests against Rosselló, and how likely are they to succeed in pushing the governor to resign?

Silvia Álvarez Curbelo, Pedro Reina-Pérez, Francisco J. Rodríguez-Castro

Latin America Advisor ˙


Puerto Rico 2019: What Lies Ahead?

“Puerto Rico 2019: What Lies Ahead?” brought together a panel of experts on economics, fiscal issues, and energy policy to discuss the current state of Puerto Rico’s recovery and its future prospects.

Natali Solano

Event Summaries ˙


Market Tailwinds and Political Headwinds for Latin American Energy

2018 has been a year marked by great political uncertainty for Latin American energy markets. Oil prices are up, creating strong incentives for investment, rising US natural gas exports are creating a new source of flexible, cheaper energy for Latin American consumers, and the cost of wind and solar energy is declining dramatically. However, Latin America continues to face uncertainty in energy policy as new governments take office in many countries and geopolitical tensions between the US and China are on the rise. With many questions on the table, government officials, corporate representatives, and analysts gathered on October 25 at the Inter-American Dialogue to assess the future of energy policy in the Western Hemisphere.

Nate Graham, Amy Iverson, Chris Kambhu

Event Summaries ˙

Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2016

In 2016, the flow of remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean surpassed US $70 billion. In the 20 countries for which there is data available, the flow reached US$69 billion. This increase demonstrates continued growth since the post-recession period. In this article, we find a range of factors shaping this growth,

Manuel Orozco

Reports ˙

Is the Puerto Rico Deal Good for the Island & Taxpayers?

U.S. House Republicans and the Obama administration on May 18 reached a deal on legislation to help Puerto Rico reduce its massive $72 billion debt load. Is the agreement a good deal for Puerto Rico and U.S. taxpayers?

Latin America Advisor ˙

On the Zika Crisis

Government agencies and international organizations race to find a solution given recent information about the link between Zika and neurological disorders.

Missy Reif

Reports ˙