Peter D. Bell Rule of Law

Over the last three decades, Latin America and the Caribbean have made much progress towards democracy, freedom, and legal protections for human rights. In 1982, just ten countries in the region enjoyed democratic rule. Today, all but Cuba have popularly elected governments. In addition, human rights have been written into laws and constitutions in almost every country. Yet rights, freedoms, violence, and citizen security are still among the region’s greatest challenges. This failure is largely not for lack of legal mechanisms, but rather weaknesses of rule of law and state capacity across the region.

The Inter-American Dialogue’s Peter D. Bell Rule of Law Program aims to elevate policy discussions around human rights, democratic institutions, government accountability, civil society engagement, and hemispheric cooperation. 

The program was established in 2015 to honor Peter D. Bell, a founding co-chair of the Dialogue’s Board of Directors, with support of the Ford Foundation. The broad scope and ambitions of the program are a fitting tribute to Peter’s expansive career as a tireless champion of human rights. 

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Escenario de Bolivia no es repetible en Venezuela, según analistas

La convocatoria a una jornada de protestas permanentes hecha por el presidente designado de Venezuela, Juan Guaidó, difícilmente podría resultar en un escenario similar al de Bolivia, ya que existen diferencias importantes entre ambos países, según analistas que observan con detenimiento la región. Michael Camilleri, Director del Programa de Estado…

Michael Shifter: “En términos muy técnicos lo de Bolivia es un golpe”

Protestas en Ecuador, la crisis chilena y la renuncia de Evo Morales convulsionan una región que continúa enfrentándose a la grave crisis en Venezuela. Michael Shifter habló con La República sobre estas protestas, el descontento social con la clase política, la puesta en libertad de Lula da Silva y la situación en Perú.

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Political Turmoil in Bolivia: Evo Morales Steps Down

Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue, spoke with the BBC about the latest in Bolivia. Shifter weighed in on the state of democracy in Bolivia, the significance of the military’s role in the resignation of Evo Morales, and differences between this situation and the case of Venezuela.



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