The Covid-19 pandemic has laid bare fundamental weaknesses in political leadership, coordination, and health policy integration in the Western Hemisphere. The current geopolitical divides undermined the few mechanisms that were in place for effective cooperation on health governance. This white paper presented by the Inter-American Health Task Force, aims to understand better the lessons and challenges of the regional response to Covid-19 and appraise, in retrospect, how they were addressed and how they could have been addressed. The paper also makes specific recommendations. These recommendations are grouped into five areas geared toward improving cooperation and coordination in health policy to support regional Covid-19 response and recovery, as well as future health emergencies.
On June 28, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the online event “Deepening Cooperation on Health Policy in the Americas.” The panel discussed a new report published by the Inter-American Health Task Force, which analyzed the response to Covid-19 in the Western Hemisphere and identified recommendations to improve cooperation and coordination in health policies across the Americas.
A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ viewpoints on uneven vaccine rollout in Latin America and the Caribbean.
Shifter: “El tema de la democracia es fundamental en la agenda de la Cumbre de las Américas y no se puede dejarla afuera”
Michael Shifter, expresidente y senior fellow del Diálogo Interamericano dialogó con el periódico Confidencial sobre la Cumbre de las Américas. Los desafíos de cara a la reunión de los jefes de estado, sus posibles logros y el contexto regional en el cual se desempeñará dicho encuentro.
Rebecca Bill Chavez testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights, and Global Women’s Issues on the Ninth Summit of the Americas on May 26, 2022.
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: “This election will represent a shift, and it will be important to work out new terms for the US-Colombia relationship”
On June 21 Michael Shifter, senior fellow of the Inter-American Dialogue, was interviewed at the microphones of Canada’s CBC on the recent victory of Gustavo Petro as a new president-elect of Colombia. The conversation was also centered on the future of US-Colombia and Canada-Colombia relations.
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.