Irene Estefania joined the Inter-American Dialogue in 2016 and is a program strategy and communications associate with the President’s Office. She previously worked as executive assistant to the bureau chief for El Pais in Washington DC and as project assistant for the Latin American team at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Born in Spain, Irene studied at the Norway campus of the renowned United Word Colleges. She graduated magna cum laude from Middlebury College, where she received a BA with a double major in Political Science and German. She is fluent in Spanish, English and German, and has working proficiency in French and Portuguese.
Over the past two weeks, Spain has become an accidental protagonist in the diplomatic efforts to end Venezuela’s crises. The good news is that Spain is well-positioned to lead the effort to restore democracy in Venezuela. The bad news is that the Spanish government is deeply conflicted about what to do. But there are five clear ways that Spain can demonstrate that the democratic cause in Venezuela is not just a guise for U.S. adventurism.
On December 7, 2018, the Inter-American Dialogue’s Working Group on Latin America met for its 31st session. Dating back to 2001, the group is one of the longest-running and most successful initiatives at the Dialogue. It brings together a select group of political, academic, and civil society leaders from across…
In the annual meeting of the world’s largest economies, which starts on Friday in Argentina, it seemed that Latin America and its most pressing concerns – such as the crisis in Venezuela – would be the priorities. However, it is now clear that the current complex global dynamic will dominate.
In terms of both symbolic and substantive changes, if Josep Borrell is confirmed as the next EU High Representative, the world can expect a more active and united EU in the Western Hemisphere, as well as a more conflictual EU-US relationship over the region.