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.
On June 7, 2022, the Inter-American Dialogue, in partnership with the Office of the Mayor of Los Angeles and CAF-Development Bank of Latin America, hosted the first Mayors Summit ahead of the IX Summit of the Americas.
Shifter: “The Summit will reflect that the political and diplomatic influence of the US has diminished substantially in the region”
On June 6 Michael Shifter, senior fellow of the Inter-American Dialogue, was interviewed by the Hopkins Podcast of Foreign Affairs about the IX Summit of the Americas held in Los Angeles. On top of the successes and shortcomings of the Summit, the conversation also covered the most recent developments of US foreign policy towards Latin America.
On July 12, 2022, the Inter-American Dialogue co-hosted a private discussion on the future of inter-parliamentary dialogue in the Americas alongside Argentina’s Universidad Austral.
On July 13, 2022, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted an event in collaboration with the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and the Truman Center for National Policy focused on the next Cities Summit to be held in Denver in 2023.
”In the near term, there are several, very significant, challenges that have to be tackled,” said Rebecca Bill Chavez, recently-appointed president and CEO of Washington DC-based think tank, the Inter-American Dialogue.