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Shifter: “It is very difficult now to talk about a serious election [in Nicaragua], November 7 will be a complete farce”

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, spoke with Michael Holmes from CNN about the state of democracy in Latin America. The conversation covered how things are evolving in Nicaragua, after opposition leaders were imprisoned by the Ortega Murillo regime, as well as the potential repercussions of the recent elections in Peru and Mexico.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ CNN

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Radical Transparency: The Last Hope for Fighting Corruption in Latin America

Santiago Canton and Benjamin Gedan offered recommendations for how to increase transparency and combat corruption in Latin America in an article for the Georgetown Journal for International Affairs

Santiago Canton, Benjamin Gedan

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Georgetown Journal for International Affairs

Why and How Latin America Should Think About the Future

Over the past decade, many Latin American governments have made significant strides in developing domestic policies that have succeeded in reducing poverty and strengthening democratic institutions. Yet the impact of profound transformations in the global economy, climate change, and new information and communication technologies makes it clear that the region’s future will be inextricably connected to developments taking place beyond the borders of individual nations.

Sergio Bitar

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Lopez, Shifter, and Veccio

Private Meeting with Delegation of the Unitary Democratic Platform of Venezuela

On June 23, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a private meeting with members of the delegation of the Unitary Democratic Platform of Venezuela during their visit to Washington, DC. The private roundtable conversation included Leopoldo Lopez, National Coordinator of Voluntad Popular and former Mayor of Chacao; and Gerardo Blyde, President of the Unitary Democratic Platform.

Noelle Whitman

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Failed Democratic Order in Nicaragua

On November 26, 2019, The Inter-American Dialogue hosted the event “Failed Democratic Order in Nicaragua” in response to the report recently released by the OAS High-Level Commission on Nicaragua. The report followed the General Assembly’s June 2019 mandate calling for an assessment of the political situation in the country.

Tamar Ziff

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Crisis in Haiti – Finding a Response to Violence and Political Turmoil

As the political crisis in Haiti ensues with mounting social discontent and economic instability, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation on the current conditions in Haiti as well as approaches to securing peace and democratic governance in a country beset by turmoil. 

Noelle Whitman

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Heads of state from across the Americas are to gather next month in Los Angeles for the Summit of the Americas. A meeting of the most recent summit, in Lima in 2018, is pictured. // File Photo: Peruvian Government

How Much Can the Summit of the Americas Achieve?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on the upcoming Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles.

Maureen Meyer, Roberta Lajous, Peter DeShazo, Katya Rimkunas

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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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Shifter: “Ortega will continue to exercise repression in Nicaragua”

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, joined Al Jazeera for an interview on the current political conditions in Nicaragua with the approaching presidential elections set for November 7. This interview examined the role of the opposition in upcoming elections as well as the consequences for the Nicaraguan people if Ortega remains in power for a fourth consecutive term.  

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ Al Jazeera

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Covid-19 Pandemic and the Lack of Democracy in Nicaragua

Manuel Orozco outlines how Daniel Ortega’s regime is using the Covid-19 pandemic as an opportunity to ensure political survival. Regardless of the measure used, Nicaragua is the country that has least adhered to efforts to mitigate the pandemic. The consequences of the government’s inaction are deadly.

Manuel Orozco

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Confidencial

Virtual Members Forum

Virtual Forum for Dialogue Members

On May 19, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted its first virtual forum for Dialogue members to discuss the implications of the Covid-19 crisis on Latin America and the Caribbean.

Sofia Lalinde, Casey Wetherbee

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Uncertainty in Latin America: A Political Outlook

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, sits down with Latinvex to answer important questions as three major economies in Latin America – Brazil, Chile, and Colombia – approach presidential elections and other countries face crises and protests. 

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ Latinvex