Analysis

2016: A Year of Turbulences That Have Just Begun

The international order based on the United States’ engaged leadership seems to be ending. What will replace them remains unclear.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ El Tiempo

A Difficult Balancing Act

After winning a second term, the hard work now begins for President Juan Manuel Santos.

Lisa Viscidi

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ El Tiempo

Colombia Looks Past Washington

While Santos is familiar with Chávez’s unpredictability and knows as well as anyone where the FARC rebels are and what they are up to, he also knows the economic stakes for Colombia.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Washington Post

What has Colombia’s Santos Achieved in his First Year?

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos last week completed his first year in office. What is behind his high approval rating, and will he be able to sustain it?

Michael Shifter, Jorge Lara Urbaneja, Myles Frechette, Andy Webb-Vidal

Oil and Commodities: The End of the “Age of Abundance”

Across Latin America, the sustained decline in global oil prices has had a profound impact on economic growth, political stability and the viability of resource nationalism – when governments assert more control over the nation’s natural resources.

Lisa Viscidi, Rebecca O’Connor

Reports ˙ ˙ Italian Institute for International Political Studies

Moderator: Michael Camilleri, Opening Remarks: Renata Segura, Speakers (Right to Left): Elizabeth Dickenson, Juan Fernando Cristo, Paul Angelo, and Adriana Mejía Hernández. Image of Colombian protestors walking on a street. Video

Waiting for Peace: Violence Against Social Leaders in Colombia

On October 21, 2020, the Dialogue along with the International Crisis Group (ICG) hosted “Waiting for Peace: Violence Against Social Leaders in Colombia”. Panelists debated the findings of the ICG’s new report “Leaders Under Fire: Defending Colombia’s Front Line of Peace” and engaged in a discussion on the current rise in violence against social leaders and the implementation of the 2016 peace agreement.

Azul Hidalgo Solá

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Los venezolanos no creen hoy en mediadores

Michael Shifter es entrevistado por Juan Carlos Iragorri desde Madrid sobre la crisis en Venezuela y la próxima visita de Juan Manuel Santos a Washington.

Michael Shifter, Juan Carlos Iragorri

Interviews ˙ ˙ NTN24

Collage of speakers at Forward Together Video

Forward Together: A Conversation with Former Presidents of the Americas

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. 

Kate Blansett

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Latin America’s Presidential Elections: Are Mexico, Brazil and Colombia Ready for Anti-Establishment Candidates?

Next year, critical elections in Latin America’s three most populous countries—Colombia, Mexico and Brazil—are likely to reveal a distemper stemming from citizen disgust with a mix of corruption scandals, mediocre economies, unremitting violence and a largely discredited political class. All three presidential contests are wide open and ripe for anti-establishment challengers.

Michael Shifter

Articles & Op-Eds ˙ ˙ Newsweek

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Trump promoverá su agenda en América Latina en su visita a Perú y Colombia

El presidente Donald Trump participará en la Cumbre de las Américas en Perú el 13 y 14 de abril. Después viajará a Colombia, en una visita que según la Casa Blanca resalta el compromiso del mandatario con la región. Juan Carlos López de CNN en Español analiza esta agenda con Michael Shifter.

Michael Shifter, Juan Carlos López

Interviews ˙ ˙ CNN Español