The United States Can’t Go It Alone in Venezuela

The Trump administration’s desire for meaningful action towards Venezuela is understandable, but it risks learning the wrong lessons from recent failures.

Michael Camilleri, David McKean

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Foreign Policy

Defeat at the OAS Meeting & US Influence in the Americas

Defeat at the OAS meeting was the first concrete setback for US interests as a result of the Trump Administration’s apparent ambivalence about defending democratic values.

Michael Camilleri

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Latin America Goes Global


La OEA y la crisis en Venezuela

El viernes 2 de Junio, Michael Shifter habló con America 360 para discutir la situación en Venezuela y el impacto que puede o debe tener la Organización de los Estados Americanos (OEA) sobre la crisis en este país. El presidente del Diálogo también habló sobre el papel de EEU y como seguirá aplicando sanciones contra oficiales del gobierno chavista.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ Caracol Televisión

Venezuela Suspends the Legislative Powers of the General Assembly

On April 1st Michael Shifter was interviewed by Melissa Culross and Jon Bristow of KCBS News Radio based in San Francisco. The interview focused on a discussion of the events leading to the reversal of Venezuela’s Supreme Court decision to suspend the legislative powers of the General Assembly. Although many issues remain unsolved, the swift reversal of the decision served as a testament to the power of domestic and international pressures in influencing the government Michael said. Michael also discussed several other problems facing Venezuela such as crime, inadequate resources, and absent rule of law.

Interviews ˙ ˙ KCBS Radio

Venezuela en la OEA

Michael Shifter analiza en CNN la controversia por el debate en la OEA sobre Venezuela.

Michael Shifter

Interviews ˙ ˙ CNN

What is the Path Forward for Venezuela?

Tintori has been committed to spreading the word on the political situation in Venezuela for the past three years since her husband was imprisoned by President Maduro’s government. Throughout the event the speakers highlighted that there is an undeniable dictatorship in Venezuela that hinders power autonomy, prosecutes dissidents, and violates rule of law and human rights regularly. Tintori also stressed the urgent character of what is the worst humanitarian and economic crisis in the country’s history. She advocated for the immediate release of Leopoldo López, Antonio Ledezma, and all the 108 political prisoners.

Laura Campiglia de Méndez

Event Summaries ˙

Shifter: Situación de Venezuela es la más preocupante de la región

“En Venezuela están fallando las políticas en materia social, económica y de seguridad. Y es fundamental que se dé un diálogo que permita identificar y poner en mesa las cosas comunes y diferencias para solventar la situación”

Vladimir Villegas, Patricia Medina

Interviews ˙ ˙ Globovision

What Challenges Face the OAS’ Next Leader?

Is Almagro the right person for the job? What are the first tasks he should tackle?

Nils Castro, Pía Riggirozzi, Ezequiel Vázquez-Ger, Andrew F. Cooper, John Maisto

Drug Challenges in the Americas

Latin America has taken a leadership role in drug policy. It remains to be seen, however, if such impetus is sustained.

Marielle Coutrix

Event Summaries ˙

The Future of Inter-American Relations

In the 1990s, following the end of the Cold War, there emerged for a time what appeared to be a relatively wide agreement in the United States and much of Latin America regarding the direction hemispheric relations should take. The convergence focused on renewed efforts to achieve inter- American cooperation…

Peter Hakim

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Calgary Papers in Military and Strategic Studies

US Policy in the Western Hemisphere

US Secretary of State John Kerry addressed US-Latin America relations for the first time in the United States since his appointment.

John Kerry

Event Summaries ˙ ˙ US Department of State

Why Is the IACHR Under Fire?

What would rejecting outside funding have done to the IACHR? Do the ALBA countries have a legitimate gripe with the commission?

Michael Shifter, Nathalie Cely, Carmen Lomellin