Amid increasing gridlock at the national level across much of the Western Hemisphere, due in many cases to political polarization, policies generated at the local level are more important than ever. Communities are turning to their mayors and other subnational leaders for critical action in response to today’s most pressing issues. In response to this, the Inter-American Dialogue launched its Cities Initiative—a crosscutting project that draws on the expertise of the Dialogue’s core programs, including education, migration, the rule of law, climate, and our analysis of Asia’s engagement with the region to explore local responses to national and transnational challenges. The program recognizes the critical impact local policy has on daily lives, as well as the important role that subnational innovations can play as a catalyst for national policy change.

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Chinese Finance in Argentina

A recent Economist article discussing Sino-Argentine relations cited to commercial loan statistics from the Asia and Latin America Program’s China-Latin America Commercial Loans Tracker.

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Member in the News: Marina Silva

On December 29, 2022, Marina Silva, member of the Inter-American Dialogue, was named Brazil’s new Minister of Environment under President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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Do Remittances Have a Dark Side in Haiti?

The Context In the last 10 years, Haiti has turned into one of the most remittances dependent countries in the world. Indeed, migrants’ transfers went from 12 percent of GDP in 2012 to more than a quarter of it in 2022 at around US$3.5 billion. They are by far the…


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Jean, CBC (Feb 18, 2023)

Police teams from countries in the region would be better accepted by the Haitian population.

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