Peter Hakim

United States  |  President Emeritus & Senior Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue

+1-202-463-2567 ˙ peter@thedialogue.org ˙

Peter Hakim is president emeritus and a senior fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue. From 1993 to 2010, he served as president of the organization. Hakim writes and speaks widely on hemispheric issues and has testified more than a dozen times before the U.S. Congress. His articles have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, New York Times, Washington Post, Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, and Financial Times, and in newspapers and journals in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Canada, Cuba, El Salvador, Italy, Mexico, Peru, and Spain. From 1991 to 2001, he wrote a monthly column for the Christian Science Monitor, and now serves as a board member of Mexico’s Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica and editorial advisor to the Chilean-based América Economia.

Prior to joining the Dialogue, Hakim was a vice president of the Inter-American Foundation and worked for the Ford Foundation in New York, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. He taught at MIT and Columbia, and has served on boards and advisory committees for the World Bank, Council on Competitiveness, Inter-American Development Bank, Canadian Foundation for Latin America (FOCAL), Partners for Democratic Change, Human Rights Watch, and the Council on Foreign Relations. He has been decorated by the governments of Brazil, Chile and Spain. Hakim earned a bachelor’s at Cornell University, a master’s in physics at the University of Pennsylvania, and a master’s in public and international affairs at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School.


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André Mendonça toma posse como ministro da Justiça e Segurança Pública

Hakim: “O [Supremo Tribunal Federal do Brasil] parece ser um ator muito público e político”

Peter Hakim, presidente emérito do Diálogo Interamericano, conversou com a Revista Veja sobre a indicação do advogado-geral da União André Mendonça para o Supremo Tribunal Federal do Brasil. Na entrevista falou-se também sobre a relação entre o Poder Executivo e o Supremo Tribunal Federal e fizeram-se comparações entre este corpo no Brasil e a Suprema Corte dos Estados Unidos. 

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¿Se beneficia Cuba con la renuncia de Raúl?

Peter Hakim, presidente emérito del Diálogo Interamericano, conversó con Sergio Muñoz Bata sobre la renuncia de Raúl Castro a su puesto como primer secretario del Comité Central del Partido Comunista de Cuba. Durante la entrevista se habló sobre el futuro del socialismo en Cuba, las reformas económicas y los prospectos democráticos de la isla. 


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Remaking US-Brazilian Relations: The Odyssey of Trump and Bolsonaro

It is hard to imagine exactly what kind of deal Bolsonaro and Trump, both anomalous, unconventional leaders, drawn to one another mainly by temperament and ideology, could strike with another. Could they really end up accomplishing what previous governments in both countries had failed to achieve? Could they forge an alliance between two countries that have long maintained a rather distant and often distrustful relationship?

˙Peter Hakim

Preparing for a World of Disorder

Recent global developments offer substantial evidence that the so-called liberal or rule-based international order, set in place in the aftermath of World War II, is fast eroding with no replacement in sight. The important question now is how governments across the globe should be adjusting to the systemic changes taking place in world politics and the new risks they pose.

˙Peter Hakim

The High Cost of Tampering with NAFTA

After little more than a year of tension-filled talks, US and Mexican negotiators have reached a preliminary agreement that would largely preserve, in both concept and content, the original NAFTA. But for both Mexico and Canada, the uncertain and painful renegotiation of NAFTA comes with high costs beyond the expected economic losses. Resolving the NAFTA dispute will not repair the damage Trump has inflicted on US relations with both Mexico and Canada.

˙Peter Hakim


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La única solución que veo ahora es que el gobierno de Cuba abandone, como hicieron China y Vietnam, la idea de que la economía debería ser administrada mayoritariamente o abrumadoramente por el Estado. Lo que más se necesita es un sector privado que sea relativamente independiente del Estado, lo que significa que las corporaciones y las empresas deberían poder crecer, competir, exportar e importar, solicitar inversiones y contratar trabajadores directamente. Pero [esto] no convertirá a Cuba en una democracia ni en un país libre. El cambio económico puede comenzar a remodelar el panorama político, pero es muy poco probable que se produzca un cambio rápido en ese frente.
A associação com os militares pode dar a Bolsonaro uma habilidade um pouco maior que a de Trump para inverter o processo eleitoral se ele perder ou estiver convencido de que perderá. Parece que uma eleição apertada em 2022 poderia pôr a democracia do Brasil em perigo.