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.


Analysis See all

Donald Trump and Mike Pence Video

Estrategia de Estados Unidos contra Maduro: Acusaciones de Narcoterrorismo, Operación Militar en el Caribe y el Marco para la Transición Democrática de Venezuela

Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, fue entrevistado por El Washington Post Podcast. En su intervención, Shifter analizó la estrategia de Estados Unidos para debilitar el régimen de Maduro en Venezuela. Las acusaciones de narcoterrorismo y corrupción, la operación militar en el Caribe y el “Marco para la Transición Democrática de Venezuela” fueron algunos de los temas tratados en esta entrevista.

Portrait of Nicolás Maduro

Can Justice for Maduro Bring Peace to Venezuela?

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo unveiled a detailed framework for restoring democracy in Venezuela that was immediately rejected by the man who would need to step aside for such a transition to occur: Venezuelan dictator Nicolas Maduro.

Northern Triangle: The Origins of America's Migrant Crisis Video

Northern Triangle: The Origins of America’s Migrant Crisis

Great Decisions examines in the documentary “Northern Triangle: The Origins of America’s Migrant Crisis” the Western Hemisphere’s migration crisis and the fractured societies at the heart of it: Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, is one of the featured guests in this documentary. 


Press Mentions See all

Nombrar a Maduro narcotraficante sugiere que es alguien con quien ya no se puede negociar, que no solo debe ser expulsado del poder, sino que debe ser castigado, lo que socava cualquier posibilidad de contactos.