Voces

Voces, the official blog of the Inter-American Dialogue, provides timely analysis from Dialogue experts on the most pressing developments in hemispheric affairs.


Chile’s Coal Phase-Out: Opportunities for a Just Transition

Sarah Phillips, Ignacio Albe ˙ ˙ Voces

Smokestacks at a power plant Nick Humphries / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0
Chile’s initiative to fully phase out coal generation by 2040 will be critical for the Southern Cone country to comply with its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Agreement. However, despite the urgency of slashing Chile’s emissions, ensuring that coal workers are not economically abandoned in the process exemplifies one of the main challenges for policymakers surrounding the just transition.Read more +

Chile’s Constitutional Convention: The Ascent of the Anti-Establishment Left and the Death of the Moderate Center

William Skewes-Cox ˙ ˙ Voces

Chilean protesters on the street in 2019 holding signs that say Daniel Correa / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
The failure of the right to obtain sufficient seats for a veto, the near total rejection of the moderate parties that historically have governed Chile, and the stunning power of anti-establishment, independent leftists all point towards a Convention that will draft a thoroughly leftist new constitution.Read more +

Cuba: el Congreso de la resistencia

Lenier González ˙ ˙ Voces

Raúl Castro y Miguel Díaz-Canel CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Con la celebración del VIII Congreso del PCC se abre un nuevo ciclo histórico en la Isla, en el corto plazo, marcado por la resistencia a circunstancias adversas. Sin embargo, en el mediano y largo plazo, el nuevo liderazgo compuesto por la generación intermedia, recién llegada al poder, deberá cumplimentar un objetivo central: construir un modelo económico sustentable que traiga prosperidad material e inclusión social al pueblo de Cuba.Read more +

Biden’s First 100 Days and Latin America Policy

Michael Shifter ˙ ˙ Voces

Joe Biden Lisa Ferdinando / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
Given the huge demands on Washington  – domestic and international  – and today’s ravaged, fragmented, and leaderless region, this is probably not the right time for bold, ambitious initiatives. But the Biden administration should move quickly to renew partnerships with select countries, emphasizing recovery from Covid-19 and restoring economic and political stability.Read more +

The Biden Administration has pledged significant aid to Central America. But where should it go and how should it get there?

Rachel Schwartz ˙ ˙ Voces

Floods El Salvador GWP / Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0
Given its commitment to reviving multilateralism and bringing together diverse stakeholders, the Biden administration is well-positioned to use these instruments to implement its more holistic regional agenda. After decades of privileging police and military assistance and waiting for government uptake of institutional strengthening efforts, it is time to look beyond Central American states and reinvest in civil society-based anti-corruption coalitions that can be the engines of political and economic change.Read more +

It’s time to restore asylum protections for domestic violence survivors at the US border

Catharine Christie, Sofia Lalinde ˙ ˙ Voces

Female asylum seeker sitting in front of a fence Daniel Arauz / Flickr / CC BY 2.0
The intersection of domestic violence and migration in the Northern Triangle necessitates the protection of survivors seeking asylum. Biden’s stated commitments to gender-based issues and promises made on immigration reform prior to the election call on the administration to immediately restore asylum protections for domestic violence survivors.Read more +

27N: claves para entender una protesta en Cuba

Lenier González ˙ ˙ Voces

Calles de La Habana Pedro Szekely / Flickr / CC 2.0
Trump nos ha recordado a todos que el gobierno cubano no ha dialogado, no dialoga, ni dialogará con una pistola en la cabeza. Esto, más que un enunciado rimbombante, es un dato histórico luego de 1959. En ese sentido, el camino trazado por Barack Obama con respecto a Cuba, por su clarividencia y capacidad estratégica, sigue siendo el que más convergencia guarda con los intereses de los pueblos cubano y norteamericano.Read more +

Balance económico y político del Covid-19 en el Perú

Luis Miguel Castilla ˙ ˙ Voces

Martín Vizcarra Presidencia Peru / Flickr / CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
El Perú ha logrado salir airoso de otras duras pruebas en el pasado y no hay razón alguna que permita anticipar que esto no vuelva ocurrir. Las elecciones del próximo año serán clave para determinar el futuro de millones de ciudadanos peruanos y se logre impulsar una agenda que revierta el deterioro social del país y lo haga menos vulnerable a los shocks que a futuro se tendrán que enfrentar.Read more +

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