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


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

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

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

Here’s what really went wrong with Brazil’s economy

When President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva left office in January 2011, Brazil was widely regarded as Latin America’s gold standard for economic development and social progress. But today, with his handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, facing an impeachment trial, the country is viewed as an economic failure.

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Reuters

“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”

Nationalization & Its Discontents: Low Oil Prices & Latin America

As global oil prices collapsed over the last two years, regional governments have started to lose their leverage in the energy industry. To attract international investors, they must offer increasingly favorable terms, which means ceding more of their own control.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Affairs

Energy & Politics in Brazil

With Brazil’s state oil company Petrobras engulfed in a massive corruption scandal, the government looks poised to introduce an energy sector overhaul.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ ReVista


Can Dilma Weather the Storm?

Brazil faces enormous challenges, but Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment is not likely one of them.

Hilary Higgins

Event Summaries ˙ ˙ C-SPAN Recording

Rousseff’s Visit to Washington

Rousseff’s upcoming visit presents an important opportunity to advance the global climate agenda.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Miami Herald


Dilma’s Washington Visit

Her visit to Washington approaching, Dilma Rousseff finds herself confronted by diverse challenges.

Ben Raderstorf

Event Summaries ˙