Democratic Governance

In recent years, the state of democratic governance in Latin America has been decidedly mixed. Discussion has turned away from elections and the leftward swings in several countries. Electoral contests are increasingly a matter of routine, and ideology has become notably less salient. The debate now centers on how leaders and institutions confront the complicated tasks of managing their economic and social affairs while representing heterogeneous societies with heightened demands and expectations.

The Inter-American Dialogue closely monitors the state of democratic governance and the rule of law in the countries of the Western Hemisphere. Our analysis, reports, and exchanges serve to encourage compliance with regional and international democratic commitments. In recent years, the Dialogue has placed emphasis on elections, press freedom, public opinion within Latin America’s growing middle class, and the implications of political shifts.


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Michael Shifter, Miguel Pizarro, Laura Chinchilla, and Michael Camilleri on the panel Video

Next Stop Caracas: Venezuela’s Uncertain Path Forward

On February 18, 2020, the Inter-American Dialogue hosted “Next Stop Caracas: Venezuela’s Uncertain Path Forward,”to discuss the future of Venezuela, and steps that should be taken by the international community to support a democratic transition.


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La mayor parte del ingreso que tiene Maduro del petróleo pasa por Rosneft. Las sanciones están encaminadas a eliminar este recurso y de esta manera fortalecer a la oposición.
Hay actores como Rusia, China, Cuba… que están apoyando al régimen de Maduro. Creo que golpeando [el área petrolera], la teoría que perfila Guaidó es que podría influir en un cambio de comportamiento de Rusia, lo cual sería muy importante.