Analysis

Kamala Harris

How did Harris’ Central America trip go?

Noah Bierman, from the Los Angeles Times, travelled with Vice President Harris to the region and interviewed Rebecca Bill Chavez, non-resident senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue, to assess the trip and the bigger questions it raises about the Biden administration’s strategy for reducing migration. 

Rebecca Bill Chavez, Noah Bierman

Interviews ˙ ˙ Los Angeles Times

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What Will It Take to Salvage Cuba’s Economy?

On March 9, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the online event “What Will It Take to Salvage Cuba’s Economy?”. The panel explored what effect the Cuban’s government 2021 economic reforms will have on the economy, the private sector, and Cuban foreign relations.

Carolina Celedón

Event Summaries ˙

Cover of UCSD US-Mexico Forum 2025 Energy & Sustainability Report showing a wind farm

US-Mexico Forum 2025: Energy and Sustainability Report

The world is in a transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 that will change the way we use and produce energy and shape the sustainability of our planet. This paper, published by UC San Diego, addresses how Mexico and the United States can use their energy resources to deliver jobs, economic prosperity, and social justice at this transformational juncture in history, examining three areas fundamental to the US-Mexico energy relationship: sustainability; hydrocarbons; and gas, power, and renewables.

Lisa Viscidi, Carlos Pascual, Angélica Ruiz, David Crisostomo, Samantha Gross, Verónica Irastorza, Alejandra León, Jeremy Martin, John McNeece, Isabel Studer

Reports ˙ ˙ UC San Diego

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Biden’s Central America Plan – Perspectives from the Region

On February 17, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the online event “Biden’s Central America Plan – Perspectives from the Region” in partnership with Creative Associates International. Taking into account the Biden administration’s plan for Central America, speakers addressed the region’s doubts, needs and aspirations with respect to US partnerships toward short-term and long-term development in the region.

Worth Talley

Event Summaries ˙

Joe Biden

President Biden Should Not Underestimate Challenges in Latin America

As the Biden administration begins to undo Donald Trump’s legacy in Latin America, many in the region appear guardedly optimistic about the prospects for more constructive relations with their northern neighbor.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The New York Times

Joe Biden speaking

Shifter: “De parte de Biden vamos a ver firmeza contra Nicolás Maduro”

Michael Shifter, presidente de Diálogo Interamericano, conversó con La Nación de Costa Rica sobre la llegada de Joe Biden a La Casa Blanca y sus implicaciones para América Latina. También se conversó acerca de la política migratoria del nuevo gobierno de Estados Unidos, la situación en Venezuela y el manejo de la crisis del Covid-19 en la región.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ La Nación de Costa Rica

Joe Biden

Biden: Windows of Opportunity for Latin America

President Joe Biden didn’t waste any time using his office and authority to set out an ambitious agenda and send a clear message to the American people and the world: under his administration, the US would adopt a very different tone and style – and pursue a notably different policy course – than Donald Trump.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Clarin

Michael Shifter Video

Shifter: “Los temas en la agenda van a ser un poco más diversos de lo que hemos visto durante los años de Trump.”

En medio de la incertidumbre que supone la llegada de Joe Biden a la presidencia de Estados Unidos, Red+ Noticias habló con Michael Shifter, el presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, sobre lo que será la relación de Estados Unidos con América Latina. Se conversó también sobre el cambio que la llegada de Joe Biden a la Casa Blanca supone para la política exterior de Estados Unidos hacia Venezuela, Colombia y China. 

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ Red+ Noticias

Joe Biden at a podium.

Can Biden Rebuild U.S. Credibility in Latin America?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A on the Biden presidency in the United States following tense weeks since the Jan. 6 breach of the Capitol.

Maria Velez de Berliner, Nicolás Mariscal, Jason Marczak, John Feeley, Rubens Barbosa, Isabel Saint Malo, Roberta Lajous

Latin America Advisor ˙

Lisa Viscidi speaks at an Institute of the Americas webinar on hydrocarbon development in Argentina Video

Political Transition: United States-Argentina Relations, Energy and Climate, and a Discussion of the Incoming Biden Administration

The Institute of the Americas held a virtual roundtable December 3-4, 2020, on barriers and opportunities for hydrocarbon development in Argentina. Lisa Viscidi, director of the Energy, Climate Change & Extractive Industries Program at the Dialogue, was a panelist at the event. She discussed president-elect Biden’s energy plans, US-Argentine relations, and clean technology investment. 

Lisa Viscidi

Presentations ˙ ˙ Institute of the Americas

Michael Shifter

Shifter: “Ortega perhaps has some wishful thinking, and he may have a rude awakening”

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, spoke with Frederic Puglie of The Washington Times about the current situation in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. The conversation also explored how the incoming Biden administration will deal with the leaders of these left-leaning countries. 

Michael Shifter, Frederic Puglie

Interviews ˙ ˙ The Washington Times

Michael Shifter Video

Shifter: “Biden will also have a hard line on Venezuela”

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, participated as a panelist on CGTN’s World Insight program. The discussion focused on the results of Venezuela’s National Assembly elections and their implications for the country’s political future. The conversation also explored potential negotiation scenarios between the opposition and Maduro government while analyzing the future of US foreign policy toward Venezuela in the incoming Biden administration. 

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ CGTN

Carlos F. Chamorro interviewing Michael Shifter Video

Shifter: “Joe Biden no es blando, es un duro con las dictaduras”

Michael Shifter conversó con Carlos Fernando Chamorro de Confidencial para tratar cómo la administración Biden manejaría los temas más apremiantes de América Latina y cómo las relaciones regionales podrían cambiar. La conversación abarcó una amplia gama de temas como la estrategia interna de la campaña Biden, un conflicto posible entre Biden y Claver-Carone, y la política de Biden hacia los dictadores de la región.

Michael Shifter, Carlos Fernando Chamorro

Interviews ˙ ˙ Confidencial