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Forward Together: A Conversation with Former Presidents of the Americas

On December 10, 2020, more than 700 participants joined live for “Forward Together: A Conversation with Former Presidents of the Americas,” a virtual panel of former presidents featuring Laura Chinchilla of Costa Rica, Ricardo Lagos of Chile, Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia, and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico. The discussion was moderated by Karen DeYoung of The Washington Post. The program began with opening remarks by Michael Shifter, president of the Dialogue, and Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr., co-chair of the Dialogue’s Board of Directors, offered closing remarks. 

Kaitlyn Blansett

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Moderator: Michael Camilleri, Opening Remarks: Renata Segura, Speakers (Right to Left): Elizabeth Dickenson, Juan Fernando Cristo, Paul Angelo, and Adriana Mejía Hernández. Image of Colombian protestors walking on a street. Video

Waiting for Peace: Violence Against Social Leaders in Colombia

On October 21, 2020, the Dialogue along with the International Crisis Group (ICG) hosted “Waiting for Peace: Violence Against Social Leaders in Colombia”. Panelists debated the findings of the ICG’s new report “Leaders Under Fire: Defending Colombia’s Front Line of Peace” and engaged in a discussion on the current rise in violence against social leaders and the implementation of the 2016 peace agreement.

Azul Hidalgo Solá

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Colombia Elects Conservative Candidate Ivan Duque to Be Next President

Millions of Colombians voted in a presidential election run-off on Sunday. The winner is Ivan Duque a 41-year-old conservative. And, after a divisive campaign between left and right, he has vowed to unite his country. To discuss the path forward for Colombia, Anand Naidoo, host of CGTN’s The Heat, spoke with Bernardo Perez Salazar, Juan Carlos Hidalgo, Gustau Alegret, and Michael Shifter.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ CGTN

Will Colombia Make Peace With Its Peace Deal?

As the first Colombian election after the historic signing of the peace deal approaches, the good news is that the conflict has blessedly ended, but the implementation of the accord has been complicated and contentious. It does not help that the political establishment stands fractured and discredited. The risk is that the country’s unsettled politics could upend the peace.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs

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A Conversation with Mauricio Cárdenas

“Despite the 2008 economic recession and the ensuing decrease in the value of commodities, Colombia has maintained a steady growth rate and continued foreign investment”, said Mauricio Cárdenas, Colombia’s Minister of Finance and Public Credit, during an April 19 discussion at the Inter-American Dialogue.

Fidel Marquez

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“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

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Trump promoverá su agenda en América Latina en su visita a Perú y Colombia

El presidente Donald Trump participará en la Cumbre de las Américas en Perú el 13 y 14 de abril. Después viajará a Colombia, en una visita que según la Casa Blanca resalta el compromiso del mandatario con la región. Juan Carlos López de CNN en Español analiza esta agenda con Michael Shifter.

Michael Shifter, Juan Carlos López

Interviews ˙ ˙ CNN Español

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

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Los venezolanos no creen hoy en mediadores

Michael Shifter es entrevistado por Juan Carlos Iragorri desde Madrid sobre la crisis en Venezuela y la próxima visita de Juan Manuel Santos a Washington.

Michael Shifter, Juan Carlos Iragorri

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24

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

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Corrupción en Latinoamérica y Colombia ‘País del Año’

En este programa de Club de Prensa, Michael Shifter y otros expertos debaten temas como la corrupción en América Latina, en particular en Brazil, o el anuncio por ‘The Economist’ de Colombia como ‘País del Año’

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ Club de Prensa

2016: A Year of Turbulences That Have Just Begun

The international order based on the United States’ engaged leadership seems to be ending. What will replace them remains unclear.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ El Tiempo