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30th Anniversary Year Highlights

We are pleased to share with you highlights from our activities thus far in 2012, the Dialogue’s 30th Anniversary year. It is an honor to recognize the financial supporters of our 30th Anniversary activities who have been crucial to strengthening the Dialogue’s impact.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary

Over 300 dignitaries from across the Americas gathered in Washington on June 7 to help celebrate the Dialogue's 30th Anniversary. Dozens of leading businesses and individuals provided financial support. Former World Bank president, Robert Zoellick, delivered a keynote speech "Globalization: Made in the Americas" that received significant attention in the Washington media and beyond. 

Fresh Analysis: Plotting the Course for                                New Hemispheric Collaboration

Inter-American relations are today largely free of past antagonisms, but they also lack vigor and purpose. The Dialogue’s 2012 policy report, covered by The Economist, suggests how to redefine the relationship.

Ernesto Zedillo, Carla Hills Launch
the Dialogue’s Mexico-US Commission

The Dialogue's Mexico-US Commission is exploring how the new administrations in Mexico and the US can together address shared problems. The Coca-Cola Company, Grupo Mahrnos and others provide financial support.

Dialogue Honors Ex-President
Fernando Henrique Cardoso

The Dialogue honored charter member and former president of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso in July. Cardoso participated in a closed-door discussion on drug policy, the subject of new Dialogue working paper, and a special dinner hosted by co-vice chair Mack McLarty.

The Dialogue’s 30th Anniversary Interview Series

The Dialogue released "Policy in the Americas: Shaping the Debate for the Next 30 Years" a series of member interviews featuring Ricardo Lagos, Former President of Chile, Interviewed by Jorge Domínguez, Harvard University; Abe Lowenthal, University of Southern California, Interviewed by Ray Suarez, PBS NewsHour; Francis Fukuyama, Stanford University, Interviewed by Mike Reid, The Economist; Donna Hrinak, Boeing Brazil, Interviewed by Gene Kuleta, Latin America Advisor, and others.

Panama: Beyond the Canal

In September the Dialogue and CSIS co-sponsored an exchange on Panama with a distinguished panel of officials and private sector leaders, including Vice President Juan Carlos Varela and Guillermo Chapman, chairman of the financial services firm INDESA.

Energy Policy Group Releases Working Paper

Roger Tissot analyzes how governments in LAC try to balance cost, supply security, and the environment in  their energy matrix. Executives from Chevron, ExxonMobil, Shell, AES, and others participate in the Dialogue's Energy Policy Group.

Education Reform Program Wields Regional Influence

Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina joined PREAL and partner Business Leaders for Education in affirming that education is an issue for all sectors and “too important to be left solely to the government.” At left: Magda Pepén, representative of the Coalición Educación Digna, accepts the Dialogue's first Award for Civic Engagement from Board Member Elena Viyella de Paliza.

Western Union Funds Research
on Remittances and Development

Western Union has partnered with the Dialogue’s Remittances and Development program, underwriting new research on trends in the sector. A new project examines how globalization and marginalization have affected migrant domestic workers.

Presidents Carter, Fernández Headline XVI
Annual CAF Conference on the Americas

Former presidents Jimmy Carter of the United States and Leonel Fernández of the Dominican Republic headlined this year's CAF Conference.


The Dialogue organized more than 60 public and private events through the third quarter, engaging policy leaders from the Americas as well as Asia and Europe on key cross-cutting issues.


Over 200 editions of the Latin America Advisor, the Dialogue’s daily executive brief, reached Corporate Circle members and other subscribers this year. We are delighted to welcome DHL, Coca Cola, Bank of Tokyo, General Dynamics and others as subscribers.