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

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Las prioridades de la política exterior de Chile

Chile enfrenta desafíos significativos como la disminución de la confianza ciudadana en la democracia, la crisis climática y migratoria, y el aumento del crimen organizado. Para abordar estos temas, el 21 de mayo, el Diálogo Interamericano y Global Americans organizaron una conversación con Gloria de la Fuente, subsecretaria de Relaciones Exteriores de Chile. 

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Guatemala: Violence and Insecurity

On July 12, 2024, the Inter-American Dialogue’s Rule of Law Program and Cristosal published a policy brief asserting that President Bernardo Arévalo’s government can demonstrate the feasibility of implementing effective and democratic measures to address insecurity in Guatemala.

Press Mentions See all

[There are some legal incentives — such as reduced sentences — that U.S. officials could offer Maduro’s allies implicated in drug trafficking, money laundering and corruption]. It’s a dirty conversation, but there’s not going to be a clean way out of this mess.
[Entre 2022 y 2023] unos 1,200 vuelos contratados de forma privada para transportar pasajeros que fueron directamente en ruta a la frontera sur con Estados Unidos [aterrizaron en Managua].