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Over the past decade, many Latin American governments have made significant strides in developing domestic policies that have succeeded in reducing poverty and strengthening democratic institutions. Yet the impact of profound transformations in the global economy, climate change, and new information and communication technologies makes it clear that the region’s future will be inextricably connected to developments taking place beyond the borders of individual nations. To address this challenge, the Inter-American Dialogue is working to help develop strategic thinking in Latin America, and to build the capacity of regional experts and institutions to carry out long-term studies.

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In some cases [corruption and unaccountability in Central America] are problems that have to do with entrenched elites that don’t want to adopt certain changes….This is where the U.S. role can help and shape the debate and discuss alternatives….This is not an issue of money. It’s a much more complex problem.