Analysis

Anticorruption, Transparency and Integrity in the Americas

The Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program and the Inter-American Development Bank hosted a series of events focused on addressing issues of corruption in the Americas to identify lessons learned from recent corruption cases, analyze continued challenges, and outline the agenda for future reform.

Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program, Inter-American Development Bank

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Is Democracy in Trouble? Latin America from a Global Perspective

On December 13, 2019 the Inter-American Dialogue, in partnership with International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (IDEA) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), hosted “Is Democracy in Trouble? Latin America in Global Perspective”, an event to launch IDEA’s The Global State of Democracy 2019 Report: Addressing the Ills, Reviving the Promise.

Kaitlyn Blansett,

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Latin America’s Autumn of Discontent

On November 6, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the event “Latin America’s Autumn of Discontent” in order to pinpoint some underlying drivers and discuss the interrelatedness of the mass demonstrations, contentious elections, and constitutional crises facing the region.

Taylor Savell

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Costa Rica ante la seducción del mesianismo

En la segunda vuelta, los ciudadanos se enfrentan a una encrucijada que permitirá ver el futuro de América Latina: elegir a un diputado y cantante evangélico o al candidato del impopular partido en el poder.

Kevin Casas-Zamora

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times

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Is “Fake News” a Real Problem in Latin America?

On February 22, the Inter-American Dialogue in partnership with Reporters Without Borders, the Faculty of Law at the Universidad de los Andes, and NTN24 hosted an event moderated by Juan Carlos Iragorri from NTN24, that featured Catalina Botero (Universidad de los Andes), Claudia Trevisan (O Estado de S. Paolo), and Daniel Sepulveda (US Department of State, retired). The conversation focused on the implications of fake news on the region’s upcoming elections and long-term impacts on its democracies.

Martín Rodriguez Nuñez

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Latin America’s Unusual Leadership Vacuum

This year’s “electoral supercycle” could ignite a race to succeed Washington and Caracas as the hemisphere’s big players.

Michael Camilleri, Ben Raderstorf

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Americas Quarterly

Latin America’s Presidential Elections: Are Mexico, Brazil and Colombia Ready for Anti-Establishment Candidates?

Next year, critical elections in Latin America’s three most populous countries—Colombia, Mexico and Brazil—are likely to reveal a distemper stemming from citizen disgust with a mix of corruption scandals, mediocre economies, unremitting violence and a largely discredited political class. All three presidential contests are wide open and ripe for anti-establishment challengers.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Newsweek

Campaign Finance and Women’s Representation in Latin America

Despite taking significant steps towards a more gender-balanced political system –notably the recent adoption of female representation quotas— Colombia, like many other Latin American countries, continues to struggle with the legacies of pervasive social, economic and political inequality that disproportionately affect women. The study gauges the effect that campaign finance has for aspiring female leaders, and puts it in the context of broader social and cultural barriers that hinder women’s political activism throughout the region.

Tim Mahony

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The Twilight of the Democratic Age

Will the leaders of our democracies rise to the demands of this exasperated citizenry, ready to set fire to the temple? Perhaps, but the prospects are not bright.

Kevin Casas-Zamora

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Latin America Goes Global

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Haiti’s Electoral Cycle

More than 5 years after a devastating earthquake, Haiti’s electoral cycle reveals a troubling reality in the country

Diego Recinos

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A Very Full Year of Elections

In the year-long period from November 2013 to November 2014, presidential elections will occur in nine Latin American countries.

Peter Hakim

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