Economics, Finance & Trade

In recent years, economic opportunities have become the main force driving relationships in the Western Hemisphere. While political cooperation has stumbled, robust trade and financial engagement have been shown to be the best foundation for stronger partnerships between the countries of the region. But Latin American nations face enormous challenges in strengthening their international competitiveness, assuring their position in global finance and trade flows, and achieving equitable growth.

The Inter-American Dialogue seeks to encourage further economic integration and cooperation by building a better understanding of the major trends affecting trade, foreign investment, and economic development in the Americas.


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Shifter en las oficinas del Diálogo Interamericano Video

Shifter: “Castillo es un fenómeno único (…) Es totalmente un outsider”

En una entrevista con Voz de América, Michael Shifter, presidente del Diálogo Interamericano, comentó sobre la presidencia del maestro rural Pedro Castillo, quien asumirá la presidencia de Perú el 28 de julio. Durante la entrevista se habló sobre la polarización de la sociedad peruana y la incertidumbre sobre lo que traerá el mandato de Castillo a este país andino.

Alberto Fernandez speaking

Mercosur’s Divisions Are Pushing It to a Breaking Point

Relations between the four members of South America’s Mercosur trade bloc—Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay—are at their worst since the group’s establishment three decades ago. If the bloc is not up to the task of adapting to the 21st century, it may be time to set its members free to pursue their own trade and development goals.


Press Mentions See all

That Bolsonaro is proposing to once again open the vault and resume larger [cash transfer program] payments suggests that he is betting the economy will be the crucial determinant of his electoral fortunes next year.
There is no question that social fault lines were widening in many nations of Latin America prior to the arrival of Covid-19, but it is also clear that the pandemic has reinforced and increased the income, wealth, and education gaps among the region’s rich, middle class, and poor, the largest setbacks were among the most vulnerable groups—who lived in more crowded spaces, worked in the most precarious jobs, suffered the highest rates of unemployment, often were forced to live from hand to mouth, and had the least adequate access to health services and education for themselves and their children.