Political changes are shaping the outlook in many of South America’s smaller and emerging oil and gas producers, including Guyana, Suriname, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia. At a webinar co-hosted by the Inter-American Dialogue and the National Capital Area Chapter of the United States Association for Energy Economics (NCAC-USAEE), panelists discussed how political developments and the oil price decline are likely to impact producers in the region.
On March 19, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a conference call with Alicia Bárcena and Santiago Levy. The discussion centered around the consequences of this pandemic for the global economy and the Latin American and Caribbean region in particular.
On February 21, 2020, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted “OAS Secretary General Candidate Series: Hugo de Zela,” a public event with current Peruvian Ambassador to the United States Hugo de Zela, candidate for OAS Secretary General.
On February 18, 2020, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted “Next Stop Caracas: Venezuela’s Uncertain Path Forward,”to discuss the future of Venezuela, and steps that should be taken by the international community to support a democratic transition.
On Feb. 6, 2020, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted “OAS Secretary General Candidate Series: María Fernanda Espinosa”, a public event with María Fernanda Espinosa, candidate for OAS Secretary General.
The Richmond World Affairs Council held on January 30 a public event on the current crisis in Venezuela, its authoritarian legacy and the US policy toward the country. Michael Shifter and David Smolansky were the featured speakers.
Michael Shifter participated in the forum “New Forms of Solidarity: Towards Fraternal Inclusion, Integration and Innovation” organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences at Casina Pio IV in the Vatican. Shifter discussed the causes and motivations for the protests seen in Latin America in 2019, what to expect for 2020, and the role of multilateral organizations in this context.
On January 24, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted a roundtable discussion with Karen Longaric, the Foreign Minister of Bolivia, in partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
On December 13, 2019 the Inter-American Dialogue hosted “A Conversation with Luis Fernando Camacho”, candidate for the Bolivia presidency.
On December 13, 2019 the Inter-American Dialogue, in partnership with International Institute for Democracy and Election Assistance (IDEA) and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), hosted “Is Democracy in Trouble? Latin America in Global Perspective”, an event to launch IDEA’s The Global State of Democracy 2019 Report: Addressing the Ills, Reviving the Promise.
On December 10, 2019, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted the event “Upheavals in Chile & Bolivia” featuring panelists Roberto Laserna, president of the Fundación Milenio and director of CERES; Fernando Molina, Bolivian author and journalist; and Lucía Dammert, associate professor at Universidad de Santiago de Chile. The event was moderated by Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue.
This event, hosted in collaboration with the Institute of the Americas, aimed to examine the issues facing Mexico’s climate for energy investment across various sectors including power, renewables, oil and natural gas.
On December 10, 2019, the Inter-American Dialogue, hosted an event titled “New Leadership in Argentina & Bolsonaro’s First Year.” The panelists were Matias Spektor, Rut Diamint, Bruno Binetti, and Monica de Bolle. Rafael Mathus, correspondent for La Nación, moderated the event.
La 32ª reunión del Grupo de Trabajo sobre América Latina (LAWG por sus siglas en inglés) tuvo lugar el 9 de diciembre en Washington, DC. En esta reunión, el grupo prestó especial atención a los disturbios y protestas que se vieron en la región en 2019.
On November 26, 2019, The Inter-American Dialogue hosted the event “Failed Democratic Order in Nicaragua” in response to the report recently released by the OAS High-Level Commission on Nicaragua. The report followed the General Assembly’s June 2019 mandate calling for an assessment of the political situation in the country.