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Moderator: Michael Camilleri, Panelists (Right to Left): Laura Zommer, Arturo Valenzuela, Felipe Estefan, and Ilona Szabó. Image of Peruvian protestor sign reading “somos la generación que hará caer a los corruptos”. Video

Democracy in a Post-Pandemic Latin America

On December 2, 2020 the Inter-American Dialogue partnered with Luminate to host the webinar “Democracy in a Post-Pandemic Latin America.” Panelists discussed the current state of democratic institutions in the region, the role of disinformation, as well as the findings of Luminate’s new public opinion research on shifting perceptions on democracy during the pandemic.

Azul Hidalgo Solá

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Abortion and Reproductive Rights in Latin America: Implications for Democracy

Latin American countries have some of the most restrictive reproductive health laws and policies in the world, particularly with regard to abortion. In part this stems from not recognizing reproductive freedom as a fundamental human right. However, imposing legal restrictions on abortion does not reduce the likelihood that women will seek this reproductive health service. Instead, harsh laws compel women to risk their lives and health by seeking out unsafe abortions.

Inter-American Dialogue, Center for Reproductive Rights

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A Conversation with Feliciano Reyna on Negotiations to Resolve the Crisis in Venezuela

On September 30, 2021, the Inter-American Dialogue co-hosted the online event “A Conversation with Feliciano Reyna on Negotiations to Resolve the Crisis in Venezuela” in collaboration with the Institute for Policy Studies, the Washington Office on Latin America, and the Latin America Working Group.

Pamela Troconis

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Haitians Have a Solution to Haiti’s Crisis

Since March 2021, Haitian civil society has been working hard to develop innovative, local solutions to the country’s problems, including a blueprint for a Haitian-led transition that could well forge a new path for the country. For that plan to work, the changes will need to be profound and transformative, and the process of implementing them as inclusive and empowering, as possible.

Monique Clesca, Monique Clesca

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ World Politics Review

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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

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Members in the News: Leonel Fernández and Laura Chinchilla

On September 26 and 27, 2019, the 2nd Annual Global Forum on Latin America and the Caribbean took place at the Union League Club in New York City, concomitantly with the United Nations General Assembly. Dialogue Members Leonel Fernández and Laura Chinchilla participated in this year’s forum.

Sofia Lalinde, Laura Chinchilla, Leonel Fernández

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The 2021 NED Democracy Award: Honoring Central American Civil Society

On October 20, 2021, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) honored four civil society organizations with their 2021 Democracy Award. Santiago Canton, director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Dialogue, took part in the first panel for the event, “Democracy and Governance in Central America: Defending Civic Space and Independent Media for Democratic Accountability.”

Santiago Canton

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Recent comments by people in Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s inner circle have raised concerns about the stability of Brazil’s democracy. // File Photo: Brazilian Government-.

Is Brazil’s Military Getting Too Involved in Domestic Politics?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ takes on the clash of democratic institutions in Brazil under President Jair Bolsonaro.

Peter Hakim, Anya Prusa, Adriana Erthal Abdenur, Carlos Eduardo Lins da Silva, Cláudio Gonçalves Couto

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Give Haiti another chance — and the support it needs

Based on wide experience in eight conflicts, to include Haiti, I believe there is a way out of the current dead end. It requires patiently and assertively combining international expertise and resources with Haitian will and energy to address the country’s intertwined problems of security and governance.

Keith Mines

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ The Hill

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

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Political Reform in Central America: Are Democratic Institutions at Risk?

In this working paper, Arturo J. Cruz-Sequeira, offers a fresh and original assessment of the state of democratic governance in five Central American nations: Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. Using economic and political data, Cruz shows how the interplay between each country’s civil society, political society, and government shapes its democratic development in the context of intensified citizen demands coupled with diminished US assistance.

Arturo J. Cruz-Sequeira

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La relación Estados Unidos– América Latina: 30 años

Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, y Bruno Binetti, investigador no residente del Diálogo, analizaron las ultimas tres décadas de relación entre Estados Unidos y América Latina en un articulo para el Pensamiento Iberoamericano, la Revista de la Secretaria General Iberoamericana. Según los autores, la cooperación hemisférica tuvo un auge al terminar la Guerra Fría, pero durante los 2000 comenzó un estancamiento que se mantiene hasta hoy.

Michael Shifter, Bruno Binetti

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Somos Iberoamérica

Conversation with Manuel Orozco and Luis Gaelano Video

La crisis política en Nicaragua: una etapa crítica para la oposición

Manuel Orozco, director del programa de Migración, Remesas y Desarrollo del Diálogo Interamericano conversa con Luis Galeano de Café Con Voz Nicaragua acerca del rol de la OEA en la crisis política de Nicaragua, de la oposición de Nicaragua, y de la posibilidad de un cambio político en el país. 

Manuel Orozco, Luis Galeano

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