Michael Camilleri

United States  |  Director, Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program

+1-202-204-5559 ˙ mcamilleri@thedialogue.org

Michael Camilleri is Director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program at the Inter-American Dialogue. An international lawyer and former diplomat, he served in the Obama administration from 2012 to 2017 as the Western Hemisphere adviser on the Secretary of State’s Policy Planning Staff and as Director for Andean Affairs at the National Security Council.

Prior to joining the U.S. government, Michael was a human rights specialist at the Organization of American States and a senior staff attorney at the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL). He also worked with a coalition of civil society organizations in Guatemala and at a large international law firm.

Michael’s commentary and analysis on legal and policy issues in the Americas have appeared in the New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Americas Quarterly, BBC, Fox News, Univision, NTN24, and CNN en Español. Michael is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and he has been an adjunct professor of law and international affairs at the George Washington University, American University, and the University of Baltimore. He holds a B.A. in history from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.


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When ‘dialogue’ becomes a dirty word. The case of Venezuela.

The exercise and practice of dialogue can be traced back thousands of years, perhaps even to the beginning of civilization. In more recent times there has been a surge of interest in dialogue, with the use of the term and its application proliferating within the disciplines of peacebuilding and development,…

Plan B in Venezuela

The United States must now reassess its approach. Washington shouldn’t give up its sustained focus on the crisis or its stated objective of restoring democracy and constitutional order, but it does have to accept the facts on the ground and recognize that maximalist demands are unhelpful.


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Fernández y sus asesores sabrán que es probable que la Administración Trump haga algunos juicios rápidos acerca de si Fernández será un socio pragmático o un irritante regional. La Casa Blanca estará particularmente atenta al enfoque de Fernández sobre la crisis en Venezuela y su gestión de la economía, especialmente la relación de la Argentina con el FMI.