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Venezuela faces political and economic challenges: Nicolás Maduro is dealing with an increasingly difficult situation. Inflation and scarcity are at an all time high, and political discontent has translated into ongoing civilian unrest. More from the Dialogue on Venezuela here. 


The Dialogue’s Andean Program seeks to address the most pressing issues facing Colombia, Venezuela, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, including democratic governance, drug trafficking, energy, and international relations. The program regularly hosts meetings that brings together some of the Western Hemisphere’s most influential and recognized individuals to discuss salient topics facing the region. It also coordinates the annual meeting of the Latin America Working Group, formerly known as the Andean Working Group. Comprised of approximately thirty of the region’s leading analysts and practitioners, the Working Group discusses Latin America’s democratic, economic, social, and political development as well as the role of regional institutions and the influence of hemispheric actors, such as Brazil. 


Michael Shifter, President
Murat Dagli, Program Assistant

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Año de elecciones en Latinoamérica, by Peter Hakim, Infolatam and China Policy Review, 20 July 2014. (English)

La permanencia de la corrupción en Latinoamérica, by Peter Hakim, Infolatam, 30 June 2014 (English / Chinese).

Ecuador: ¿Es probable que se apruebe la enmienda constitucional?, Latin American Advisor 20 June 2014.

Can Santos Finally Make Peace in Colombia?, by Michael Shifter in Foreign Policy 16 June 2014.

Una nueva agenda de política comercial para las Américas, by Peter Hakim, Infolatam and China Policy Review, 4 June 2014 (English)

The Brawl in Bogotá, by Michael Shifter in Foreign Policy 28 May 2014.

Los candidatos presidenciales y las metas de aprendizaje: el caso de Colombia by Ariel Fiszbein y Eduardo Velez Bustillo in PREAL Blog 22 May 2014.

 Thomas Piketty and the End of Our Peaceful Coexistence With Inequality by Moisés Naím in The Atlantic 19 May 2014.

Piketty en todas partes by Moisés Naím in Miami Diario 18 May 2014.

El Mundo Refleja Elevadísimos Niveles de Concentración de la Riqueza by Sergio Bitar in Estrategia 8 May 2014.

Venezuela Protestas: Militarismo y democracia by Teodoro Petkoff in Infolatam 7 May 2014.

Los estudiantes by Mario Vargas Llosa in El País 4 May 2014.

América Latina, donde sobran los bloques y falta integración Peter Hakim in 2 May 2014.

Ten Things to Toss: BRICS by Moisés Naím in The Washington Post 1 May 2014.

El poder de la simpleza by Ariel Fiszbein in Semana 5 May 2014.

Venezuela en su hora decisiva by Michael Shifter in La Tercera 26 April 2014.

Making Chávez Possible by Michael Shifter in ReVista: Harvard Review of Latin America 25 April 2014.



Debating the Prospects for Peace in Colombia, by Cameron Combs and Tim Heine, 26 March 2013.

Re-Election in the Andes: Politics and Prospects, by Michael Penfold, September 2010.

Corruption in the Andean Region: Is Progress Being Made?, by Carlos Basombrío Iglesias, July 2009.

Two Perspectives on Ecuador: Rafael Correa's Political Project, by Adrián Bonilla and César Montúfar, August 2008.

A Watershed Moment for Venezuela, by Teodoro Petkoff, July 2008. 


Venezuela: Prospects for an Uncertain Future 23 July 2014.

Santos' Second Term: What to Expect? 23 July 2014.

Colombia's Elections and Political Outlook 4 June 2014.

Implications of Ecuador’s Elections and Political Outlook 10 April 2014.

Forum of the Future: Sharing Ideas to Construct Our Future 28 March 2014.

The Human Rights Situation in Venezuela 26 March 2014.

Education, Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Americas 13 March 2014.

Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean in 2013 28 February 2014.

Inter-American Economic Relations 15 January 2014.

A Conversation with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, 4 December 2013.

The Outlook for Judicial Reform in Ecuador, 18 November 2013.

Challenges Facing Ecuador's Civil Society Organizations, 28 October 2013.

Economic Outlook in the Andes, 10 October 2013.

What's in Store for Venezuela? , 7 August 2013.

A Conversation with Colombia's Minister of Mines and Energy, 28 June 2013.

President Ollanta Humala on Peru's Global Emergence, June 10, 2013.



Criticism Of Israel By Latin American Nations May Be Tinged With Anti-U.S. Sentiment, Analysts Say, featuring commentary by Peter Hakim, Fox News Latino, 31 July 2014.

Colombia presidential election,
Michael Shifter in CCTV 2 June 2014.

EE UU prefiere que Venezuela agote diálogo antes de sancionar Moisés Naím in El Tiempo 9 May 2014.

Escasez, inflación y sanciones Michael Shifter on Voz de América 9 May 2014.  

Venezuela to Ration Electricity After Colombia Cuts Gas Michael Shifter in Bloomberg News 8 May 2014.
The Commitment to Equity Assessment (CEQ)
Nora Lustig on CDG’s “Wonkcast” 12 May 2014.

EE UU prefiere que Venezuela agote diálogo antes de sancionar Moisés Naím in El Tiempo 9 May 2014.

Colombia's President Lifted by New Turn in Mayoral Saga Michael Shifter in The Wall Street Journal 22 April 2014.

 Mujeres superan a hombres en envío de remesas Manuel Orozco in El Diario 9 April 2014.

Can Brazil Defend Democracy in Venezuela? Michel Shifter in Carnegie Endowment for International Peace 9 April 2014.

What I'm reading: Do street protests work? Moisés Naim featured on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN Blog 9 April 2014.

DirectoUSA: Venezuela y Cuba en el Senado Michael Shifter on CNN 8 April 2014.

Internet no lleva al cambio político Moisés Naim in The Huffington Post 3 April 2014.

Global Insider: Ecuador Local Elections Show Correa’s Weakness More Than Opposition’s Strength Interview with Michael Shifter in World Politics Review 2 April, 2014.

Pacific Alliance takes pragmatic approach to integration Michael Shifter in The Financial Times April 1, 2014.

Legalism v democracy Michael Shifter in The Economist 29 March 2014.

El fin del dinero fácil amenaza con frenar a América latina Michael Shifter and Moises Naím in Cronista 27 March 2014.

Venezuela's Anti-American Rhetoric Unites Government Supporters Michael Shifter in Voice of America 24 March 2014.

Para ser competitivos hay que agregar tecnología a los recursos naturales, según Sergio Bitar Sergio Bitar in Gestión  March 31, 2014.

Vatican open to facilitator role for Venez crisis Michael Shifter in The Washington Post 28 March 2014.