ONLINE EVENT: Renewed Cooperation in a Troubled Hemisphere – Towards the Summit of the Americas


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Relations among countries of the Americas are generally cordial but often discordant. In recent years, facing an array of shared problems, governments have been unable to come together with a sense of common purpose. Over the past two years, the hemisphere—along with the rest of the world—faced a crucial test with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, which ravaged the Americas more than any other region. The lack of leadership, at the national and regional levels, was disappointing.

On Thursday March 31st, the Inter-American Dialogue will present its Linowitz Report that draws on the deliberations of the June 2021 Sol M. Linowitz Forum, a biennial gathering of all Dialogue members. The report is informed by Dialogue members and staff, three working group background papers, and the advice and suggestions of colleagues throughout the hemisphere and beyond.

The Ninth Summit of the Americas offers an opportunity for hemispheric leaders to reinvigorate efforts to tackle a common agenda. The report offers eight recommendations on specific issues, ranging from the rule of law to climate change, migration, education, health, and economic and social recovery and development. These proposals recognize that, while this is not the moment for ambitious initiatives, incremental progress can and should be made through partnerships involving governments, the private sector and civil society.

President Laura Chinchilla and Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. will present the report’s key points, followed by commentary by Dialogue member Sylvia Escovar.

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Welcome Remarks:

Michael Shifter

President, Inter-American Dialogue (@MichaelShifter)

Presentation of Report:

President Laura Chinchilla

Former President of Costa Rica, Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue (@Laura_Ch)

Ambassador Thomas A. Shannon, Jr.

Former Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Co-Chair, Inter-American Dialogue (@AmbShannon)


Tabata Amaral

Federal Deputy, Democratic Labor Party (PDT), Governo do Estado de São Paulo (@tabataamaralsp)

Sylvia Escovar

Strategic President, EPS Sanitas Comprehensive Health Group, Board Member, Inter-American Dialogue (@escovars)

Donna Hrinak

Senior Vice President, Royal Caribbean Group

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