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.
Although perhaps justified by the tragic events in Syria, President Trump’s last-minute decision to skip the eighth Summit of the Americas, which begins this week in Lima, Peru, was discouraging to his Latin American and Caribbean counterparts.
Peter Hakim explains what is behind the breakdown in relations between Venezuela and Brazil, and what regional governments are doing in response to the ongoing crisis in Venezuela under President Nicolas Maduro.
CGTN’s Rachelle Akuffo spoke to Peter Hakim, president emeritus and senior fellow at Inter-American Dialogue. They discussed the challenges facing Chile’s economy and what prospects it has for the foreseeable future.
With a constant stream of offensive and intimidating rhetoric addressed to Mexico, compounded by a mean-spirited and highly contentious set of policy proposals, Trump himself is largely responsible for the sharp deterioration in bilateral ties in the past two years.
This is an anxious, unsettled moment for Cuba. Its economy is faltering badly and could face a prolonged crisis. The nation’s leadership is on the verge of a critical turning point following the recent death of Fidel Castro and the likely retirement early next year of Raul Castro—who together have ruled the island with an iron hand for nearly 60 years.
El rol de la Unasur en asuntos sudamericanos ha disminuido fuertemente desde 2013, y ahora está al borde del colapso. Ha sido incapaz de hacer algo serio con respecto a la crisis venezolana, y se ha visto marginada al querer tratar cualquier tema en Sudamérica. La región hoy no tiene liderazgo, sus países están focalizados en temas domésticos, las economías están tambaleando o peor, y la corrupción ha penetrado casi en todas partes. La única perspectiva real para la integración es en el frente económico, pero requerirá un liderazgo genuino de México y Brasil y la unión de la Alianza del Pacífico y el Mercosur. Algo improbable, por algún tiempo.
Estaba claro que el gobierno de Duque iba a tener una posición más firme sobre Venezuela que su predecesor (...) En este punto, con la avalancha de venezolanos empobrecidos que llegan a Colombia, y la dura retórica anticolombiana que ha tomado Maduro, una fuerte postura antichavista beneficiará a Duque tanto interna como internacionalmente.