The G20 in Buenos Aires Will Disappoint–But Not All Is Lost

In the annual meeting of the world’s largest economies, which starts on Friday in Argentina, it seemed that Latin America and its most pressing concerns – such as the crisis in Venezuela – would be the priorities. However, it is now clear that the current complex global dynamic will dominate.

Irene Estefanía, Ben Raderstorf

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times Español

photo of Michael Shifter

“Es exagerado afirmar que si Petro gana, Colombia sería otra Venezuela”

La izquierda y el fervor religioso se hacen un lugar en medio de los históricos récords de impopularidad de los mandatarios salientes este año: Santos, Temer, Peña Nieto, Cartes y Solís, quienes difícilmente superan el 20 por ciento de aprobación a su gestión. Michael Shifter analiza en esta entrevista con Semana este incierto panorama político de 2018.

Michael Shifter, Alexandra Correa

Interviews ˙ ˙ Semana


Brazil’s Election and Latin America’s Volatile Politics

On February 27, the Inter-American Dialogue partnered with Americas Quarterly (AQ) to host an event moderated by the Dialogue’s Michael Shifter with the participation of Brian Winter from AQ, Monica de Bolle from the Peterson Institute of International Economics, and Roberto Simon from FTI Consulting. This discussion drew from AQ’s January issue, Latin America First?, which explored underlying themes in the region’s election super-cycle. The speakers also addressed the political and economic circumstances facing Brazil’s presidential elections.

Martín Rodriguez Nuñez

Event Summaries ˙

Why Relations Between Brazil and Venezuela Have Sunk to New Lows

Peter Hakim explains what is behind the breakdown in relations between Venezuela and Brazil, and what regional governments are doing in response to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela under President Nicolas Maduro.

Peter Hakim

Interviews ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

World Affairs Report Podcast

During a visit to Pittsburgh, Michael Shifter spoke with KQV News Radio and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh for their weekly World Affairs Report. In a conversation with Angélica Ocampo, Shifter discussed regional progress in Latin America, US foreign policy, the crisis in Venezuela and the upcoming elections in Brazil and Mexico.

Michael Shifter, Angélica Ocampo

Interviews ˙ ˙ The World Affairs Report


Understanding Brazil’s Protracted Crisis

On September 26, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted Dr. Matias Spektor, Associate Professor at the Fundação Getulio Vargas and columnist at Folha de S. Paulo. The discussion, moderated by Michael Shifter, focused on Brazil’s political crisis and the threats to Brazilian democracy that exist today.

Anastasia Sendoun, Luis Carlos Battista

Event Summaries ˙

“Money is the Mother’s Milk of Politics”

An interview with Peter Hakim about the impacts of Lava Jato, Brazil’s political polarization, and the country’s role in the international community

Peter Hakim, Solange Monteiro

Interviews ˙ ˙ Conjuntura Econômica

‘Uma solução é identificar alguém respeitado’

As “novas revelações” sobre o presidente Michel Temer acabaram com a pouca credibilidade internacional que ele tinha e comprometeram a capacidade do Brasil de exercer influência na região e fortalecer os laços com os Estados Unidos, avalia Peter Hakim, presidente emérito do Inter-American Dialogue. Questionado sobre a permanência de Temer no poder, ele disse ao Estado: “Não vejo como”.

Peter Hakim, Cláudia Trevisan

Interviews ˙ ˙ Estadão


Congressional Testimony: Energy Opportunities in South America

Lisa Viscidi, Director of the Energy, Climate Change and Extractive Industries Program, testified before the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs on the subject of “Energy Opportunities in Latin America.”

Lisa Viscidi

Congressional Testimony ˙

Oil and Commodities: The End of the “Age of Abundance”

Across Latin America, the sustained decline in global oil prices has had a profound impact on economic growth, political stability and the viability of resource nationalism – when governments assert more control over the nation’s natural resources.

Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor

Reports ˙ ˙ Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Colombia’s Peace Process and Brazil’s Corruption Battle

Following Santos lead, the Michel Temer government would first have to test whether Brazil’s legislative leaders are willing to conduct serious negotiations, and prepared to make concessions that could be effective in curbing the country’s pervasive corruption—or at least offer a better solution than the current case-by-case approach of criminal investigations and trials.

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Folha de S. Paulo

Não há guinada à direita

Pesquisador americano Michael Shifter diz que população, cansada, fez aposta em Temer, mas que PT ou esquerda podem voltar

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ O Globo

Rousseff Ouster: No, Not a Coup, But Yes, Tainted

There are reasons to be uncomfortable with impeachment process. It was not a coup—and had all the appearances of being fully legal and constitutional. But, arguably, it was not completely fair and above board.

Peter Hakim

˙ Brink News

“O discurso do golpe é puramente simbólico e ideológico”

Na avaliação do presidente do Inter-American Dialogue, o novo governo contará com a boa vontade internacional e não terá problemas para estabelecer relações com os vizinhos.

Peter Hakim, Teresa Perosa

Interviews ˙ ˙ Peter Hakim: “O discurso do golpe é puramente simbólico e ideológico”