Central America & the Caribbean

The Inter-American Dialogue’s work in Central America and the Caribbean examines opportunities and challenges facing the 28 countries and islands in the region. Issues include security, migration, drug policy, remittances, education, integration, and trade. 

The Inter-American Dialogue has been working jointly with Haiti’s Université Quisqueya to develop an independent, non-partisan initiative called Think Tank Haiti (TTH). In the last few ​recent months, the crisis in Haiti has reached new lows. Gangs have more power than ever, the prime minister has torpedoed his own dialogue with civil society, shortages in food, fuel, and even water are widespread, and cholera has reappeared after more than a three-year absence. The international community has renewed its interest in Haiti and is expected to decide soon if a new peacekeeping mission will be sent by the UN. ​These interconnected challenges, on top of repeated natural disasters, have neither quick nor clear solutions. The mission of TTH is to reinforce and build upon Haiti’s capacity to analyze, understand, and respond to the multiple, devastating challenges confronting the nation today.

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What Must Be Done in Order for Haiti to Survive?

A Latin America Advisor Q&A featuring experts’ views on Haiti’s deepening crisis as the country’s last democratically elected institution, the Senate, adjourns with no new members to convene a new term and gangs tighten their grip.

Caricatura Ortega-Murillo

La cuenta regresiva de la dictadura en la represión de 2023

El malestar creciente entre los altos funcionarios, la corrupción desenfrenada y las purgas, revelan que no hay salida con Ortega y Murillo. El reto radica en aprovechar las crecientes debilidades, las posibles rupturas y recuperar espacios en miras de devolver la confianza y la autoestima al pueblo para presionar por un cambio político.

Press Mentions See all

We cannot look at all this with fatalism and say that [Haiti] is cursed. It is not cursed. It carries within it men and women of very strong will, who have even worked very hard to find a Haitian solution — but who also realize that they cannot achieve it alone.
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