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The Future of the Inter-American System – Old and New Challenges

President Laura Chinchilla, co-chair of the Inter-American Dialogue and former president of Costa Rica and Frank Mora, US ambassador to the Organization of American States, came together for a conversation on the future of the inter-American system, especially important in the face of the multiple challenges in Latin America and the Caribbean, including migration, insecurity, and democratic decline.

Anastasia Chacón González

Event Summaries ˙

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Why Is International Support Falling for Venezuela’s Guaidó?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on dwindling international support for Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó.

Abraham Lowenthal, Julia Buxton, Víctor M. Mijares, Luisa Acedo, Steve Ellner

Latin America Advisor ˙

Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega

Will International Pressure Against Ortega Intensify?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ views about Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown against the opposition.

Michael Shifter, Bianca Jagger, Robert Callahan, Katya Rimkunas, Ryan C. Berg

Latin America Advisor ˙

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Crisis in Haiti – Finding a Response to Violence and Political Turmoil

As the political crisis in Haiti ensues with mounting social discontent and economic instability, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation on the current conditions in Haiti as well as approaches to securing peace and democratic governance in a country beset by turmoil. 

Noelle Whitman

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Nicaraguan Vice President Rosario Murillo and President Daniel Ortega

Can International Pressure Stop Ortega’s Action Against Opponents?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on President Daniel Ortega’s crackdown against his opposition in Nicaragua.

Manuel Orozco, Robert Callahan, Orlando J. Pérez, Christine Wade, Mateo Jarquín, María Puerta-Riera, Richard Feinberg

Latin America Advisor ˙

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OAS Secretary General Candidate Series: Hugo de Zela

On February 21, 2020, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted “OAS Secretary General Candidate Series: Hugo de Zela,” a public event with current Peruvian Ambassador to the United States Hugo de Zela, candidate for OAS Secretary General.

Catharine Christie, Carole Botello

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Michael Shifter sobre la OEA, la Amazonia y el futuro de Argentina

Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, habló con Gustau Alegret de NTN24 en el programa Cuestión de Poder para tratar las resoluciones actuales de la OEA, Cuba y la situación en Venezuela, los incendios en la Amazonia y el futuro de Argentina.

Michael Shifter, Gustau Alegret

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24


Presentation to Special Meeting of the OAS Permanent Council: Blackouts in Venezuela

Venezuela’s longest-ever blackout, which began on March 7 and lasted until at least March 12 in most of the country, aggravated an already dire humanitarian situation. Lisa Viscidi presented to a special meeting of the OAS Permanent Council about how grave government mismanagement of the power sector debilitated Venezuela’s grid, making electricity rationing a routine and power failures commonplace. 

Lisa Viscidi

Presentations ˙ ˙ Organization of American States

Who will save Brazil’s democracy if Jair Bolsonaro tries to destroy it?

Bolsonaro’s authoritarian rhetoric was hotly debated during the presidential campaign. His supporters embraced his brash promises to bring law and order to a country beset by crime, corruption and economic struggles. His opponents feared a resurgence of military rule or the emergence of a Duterte-style police state.

Michael Camilleri, Benjamin Gedan

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Miami Herald

Four years ago, U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon (right) met in Managua with President Daniel Ortega to praise the Central American country’s “forward-looking” energy policy. // Photo: United Nations.

Can External Actors Bring an End to Nicaragua’s Crisis?

As violence continues in Nicaragua, what is the international community doing? Can other countries do more, and should they?

Francisco Campbell, Kevin Casas-Zamora, Eduardo Ulibarri, Gavin Strong, Manuel Orozco

Latin America Advisor ˙

The United States Can’t Go It Alone in Venezuela

The Trump administration’s desire for meaningful action towards Venezuela is understandable, but it risks learning the wrong lessons from recent failures.

Michael Camilleri, David McKean

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

Defeat at the OAS Meeting & US Influence in the Americas

Defeat at the OAS meeting was the first concrete setback for US interests as a result of the Trump Administration’s apparent ambivalence about defending democratic values.

Michael Camilleri

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Latin America Goes Global

Does Latin America Need Another Regional Organization?

During last month’s Rio Group summit in Mexico, Latin American leaders agreed to form a new regional bloc that would exclude the United States and Canada. Is this new group needed?

Peter Hakim, Pierre Pettigrew, Roger Noriega, Mark Weisbrot