On March 16th the Dialogue welcomed the President of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís. With persistent problems of crime and violence, ongoing migration challenges, lackluster regional economic growth, continuing concerns about corruption in many countries, and uncertainties about the new US administration’s policies, Central America faces a complicated and unsettled situation. President Solís discussed these issues and several others during this open discussion at The Dialogue.
The Covid-19 pandemic has once more demonstrated the fragility of Latin American regional and subregional organizations, and the reasons for it: the weaknesses of domestic institutions, the lack of shared interests and values, and the dependence on foreign powers. It is not too late to turn the pandemic into an opportunity to acknowledge the existence of common interests, and the value of pursuing them collectively.
On July 12, 2022, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a private conversation with Foreign Minister of Costa Rica Arnoldo André Tinoco.
JALAC representatives consider prospects for enhanced Japanese engagement with Central America and the Caribbean.
Central America and the Caribbean are receiving more attention from Japan, whether at the policy level or among Japan’s private sector.