Analysis

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Can Ecuador’s Next President Make the Country Safer?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ views on security challenges facing Ecuador’s incoming president.

Daniela Chacón Arias, Adam Isacson, John Polga-Hecimovich, Diego Andrés Almeida, Santiago Mosquera, Luis Barrios

Latin America Advisor ˙

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Remilitarization in Central America

On Thursday October 12, 2023, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a private event with IBI Consultants to celebrate the publication of the report “Remilitarization in Central America: A Comparable and Regional Analysis.”

Marianne Richardson

Event Summaries ˙

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North Capital Forum 2023: The Trilateral Relationship

Rebecca Bill Chavez, President & CEO of the Inter-American Dialogue, participated in the North Capital Forum in Mexico City from October 4th to 6th. Chavez moderated the panel discussion “What’s Going On: Ambassadors Reflect on the Status of the Trilateral Relationship”

Rebecca Bill Chavez

Presentations ˙ ˙ The North Capital Forum

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Democracy Under Siege: The Region’s Reaction to Bukele

At an in-person event organized by the Inter-American Dialogue, along with CESCOS (Center for the Study of Contemporary Open Societies) and the University ORT in Uruguay, panelists analyzed the popularity of President Bukele despite allegations of abuses committed in the context of the state of exception adopted in the country, the impact of punitive security policies on the rule of law, attempts to export Bukele’s model to the region, and alternative strategies to counter abusive security policies. 

Daniel Caballero

Event Summaries ˙

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Could a Kenya-Led Force Increase Security in Haiti?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ views on the potential deployment of Kenyan law enforcement officers to lead a multinational police force in Haiti.

Monique Clesca, Peter Hakim, Erika Guevara-Rosas, Richard Gowan, Martha Doggett, James Morrell

Latin America Advisor ˙

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How Is the Opioid Crisis Affecting U.S.-Mexico Ties?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ views on the rising political tension between the United States and Mexico over the fentanyl crisis.

Arturo Sarukhan, Vanda Felbab-Brown, Stephanie Brewer, Earl Anthony Wayne, Gary J. Hale, Arantza Alonso

Latin America Advisor ˙

Colombian President Iván Duque on April 12 touted his government’s security achievements in a speech to the U.N. Security Council. // Photo: United Nations.

Has Security in Colombia Improved Under Duque?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on the state of security in Colombia under Iván Duque’s administration.

Elizabeth Dickinson, Adam Isacson, Gwen Burnyeat, Richard McColl

Latin America Advisor ˙

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A Conversation with Assistant Secretary Brian A. Nichols on Central America

On March 16, 2022, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conversation with Assistant Secretary Brian A. Nichols to discuss the Biden-Harris Administration’s efforts to tackle the root causes of migration from Central America to the United States. Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, introduced the conversation, which was moderated by Manuel Orozco, director of the Migration, Remittances, and Development program at the Dialogue.

Shaily Acharya

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Russia’s deputy foreign minister, Sergei Ryabkov, last month refused to rule out the possibility of the country sending military actors to Latin America. Members of Russia’s military are pictured. // File Photo: Russian Armed Forces.

What Are Russia’s Military Intentions in Latin America?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on Russian interests and influence in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Vicki Huddleston, Alexander Belezeko, Fabiana Perera, Douglas Farah

Latin America Advisor ˙

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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 ˙

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The Return of Latin America’s Military

Rebecca Bill Chavez warns in an article for the New York Times on that as we enter a global democratic recession, we must not ignore increasing trends of militarization in Latin America.

Rebecca Bill Chavez

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ New York Times