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CHINA-LATIN AMERICA: Over the past decade, China has become an increasingly important source of investment for developing countries. China’s investment in the Caribbean, however, is still minimal, especially when excluding sizeable flows to the Cayman Islands and British Virgin Islands. MORE

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US-CARIBBEAN SECURITY COOPERATION: A stable Caribbean is critical to the national interests of the United States. Michael Shifter testified before Congress on the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative. MORE


The Dialogue’s Caribbean Region Program focuses on Cuba, Haiti, and the Anglophone Caribbean.

The Dialogue’s work on Cuba aims to establish connections between Cuba’s economic community and international financial institutions. The Working Group on the Cuban Economy regularly brings together some 25 experts from the region to discuss Cuba’s prospects for increased integration with the IFIs. The Dialogue project on Cuba and the Organization of American States facilitated a thorough review of US policy towards Cuba under the Obama administration and Latin America’s stance toward Cuba during the same period.

The Dialogue has long sustained an active program on Haiti including publications and discussions on political and economic developments and US policy. Our recent work on Haiti has focused on engaging with the private sector.

The Caribbean Program also offers a forum for leaders from the Anglophone Caribbean to bring important policy attention to the issues of concern to that region.


Michael Shifter, President
Peter Hakim, President Emeritus
Joan Caivano, Deputy to the President
Paul Shortell, Program Assistant

For more information, contact Paul Shortell at or (202) 463-2933.



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

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

Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela by Moisés Naím in Financial Times 15 April 2014.

Failing Policies in Cuba and the U.S., by Peter Hakim, LatinPulse, 14 February 2014.

Christian and LGBT Groups Have Brought the Battle for Gay Rights to the Caribbean, by Javier Corrales & Cameron Combs, The Atlantic, 27 June 2013.

What Will a New Generation of Leadership Mean for Cuba?, Q&A from the Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor featuring Peter Hakim, Stephen Wilkinson, and Kirby Jones, 6 March 2013.

Economic vs. Political Change in Cuba, by Jorge Domínguez, The New York Times, 28 March 2012.

Dilma in Cuba, by Peter Hakim, O Estado de S. Paulo, 18 February 2012.

Lecciones de la visita de Dilma a Cuba, by Peter Hakim, Infolatam, 8 February 2012.

Does Brazil's Rousseff Care Enough About Cuban Democracy?, Q&A from the Dialogue's daily Latin America Advisor featuring Peter Hakim, Lino Gutierrez, Margaret Daly Hayes, and Daniel Hellinger, 8 February 2012.



China’s Rising Investment Profile in the Caribbean, by Richard L. Bernal, 14 October 2013.

Subcommittee Hearing: Regional Security Cooperation: An Examination of the Central American Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), Testimony by Michael Shifter before the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, 19 June 2013.

A Scorecard in the Market for Money Transfers: Trends in Competition in Latin America and the Caribbean, by Manuel Orozco, Elisabeth Burgess, and Landen Romei, 18 June 2010 (Spanish). 

Skilled Diasporas: an imagined or real community?, by Manuel Orozco and Mariellen Jewers, 30 April 2010.

L’Éducation en Haïti: La Voie du Progrès, by Laurence Wolff, PREAL, 1 May 2009 (English).

La República Dominicana: Una democracia para vivir mejor, by Pedro Wilfredo Lozano, 1 May 2009.

The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States and the Next Revolution, by Daniel P. Erikson, Bloomsbury, 2008.

Transforming Socialist Economies: Lessons for Cuba and Beyond, ed. Shahid Javed Burki and Daniel P. Erikson, Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.


A Conversation with Sandra Honoré 20 March 2014.

Pressing Issues in Central America and Mexico 28 February 2014.

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

Social Gains in the Balance: A Challenge for Fiscal Policy in Latin America and the Caribbean 25 February 2014.

Financial Crime Trends in the Caribbean and the Implications for Jamaica, 22 February 2013.

State of the Remittance Industry: Trends and Challenges, 19 September 2013.

Elections in the Dominican Republic: Where is the Country Headed?, 23 April 2012.

Haiti, Looking Ahead, 9 March 2012.

Cuba: The Politics of Transition, 22 November 2011.

The Cuban Diaspora in the 21st Century, 7 October 2011.

Cuba 1.5? The State of the Internet and Uses of Social Media in a Changing Cuba, 3 August 2011.



Caribbean growth could mean new trade policies, Peter Hakim interviewed on CCTV America, 23 July 2014.

Latin American Perspectives: Cuba, Diplomacy & the Summit of the Americas, Latin Pulse, featuring Peter Hakim, 30 May 2014. 

Yoani Sanchéz, una noticia no deseada en Cuba Moisés Naím in The Wall Street Journal  21 May 2014.

Cuba fed a president’s fears and took over Venezuela by Moisés Naím 15 April 2014.

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

U.S. Set Up Twitter-Like Program to Reach Cubans Michael Shifter in The Wall Street Journal 3 April, 2014.

Time for a thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations Michael Shifter in The Los Angeles Times 16 February 2014.

Cuba se abre al mundo y a sus inversiones Peter Hakim in La Nacion, 16 January 2014.

México y Brasil pugnan por poner sus empresas en Cuba Michael Shifter in La Tercera, 5 February 2014.

Insulza llega a Cuba en una visita histórica Michael Shifter in La Prensa,  27 January, 2014.

La OEA quiere a Cuba pero... ¿qué quiere Cuba de la OEA? Michael Shifter in Rionegro 27 January 2014.

Envían dominicanos una parte mayor de su salario a su país Manuel Orozco in Noticieros Televisa 9 January 2014.

La disidencia cubana viaja por el mundo, pero pierde auge en la isla Peter Hakim in Vívelo Hoy 2 January 2014.

Dissidents free to travel but influence in Cuba wanes Peter Hakim in Cuba Headlines, 1 January 2014.

Cubanos viajan al extranjero y se alejan de las protestas, Peter Hakim in El Universal, 31 December 2013.

Dissidents free to travel but influence in Cuba wanes, Peter Hakim in Agence France-Presse, 31 December 2013.

La Frontera Invisible, Peter Hakim in Frontera, 19 December 2013.

¿Señales de humo?, Peter Hakim in El Tiempo, 16 December 2013.

Polémica por el saludo entre Barack Obama y Raúl Castro, Michael Shifter in PanAm Post, 11 December 2013.

ARGENTINA: Obama ? Castro: el saludo que desató reacciones en todo el mundo, Michael Shifter in Etorno Inteligente, 11 December 2013.

Un saludo, decenas de interpretaciones, Michael Shifter in El Mundo, 11 December 2013.

Obama - Castro: el saludo que desató reacciones en todo el mundo, Michael Shifter in Infobae, 11 December 2013.

Missa que exaltou caráter conciliador de Mandela aproxima EUA e Cuba, Peter Hakim in Estadão, 11 December 2013.

El Gobierno de EE.UU. resta importancia al apretón de manos de Obama con Castro, Michael Shifter in La Voz de Galicia, 11 December 2013.

Obama y Castro rompen el hielo en Johannesburgo, Michael Shifter in El Universal, 11 December 2013.

Shake On It: Obama-Castro Greeting Sparks Debate Among Cuban-American Groups, Peter Hakim in Fox News Latino, 10 December 2013.

Barack Obama y Raúl Castro se dan la mano por primera vez en Sudáfrica, Michael Shifter in Perú21, 10 December 2013.

Apretón de manos entre Obama y Raúl Castro, ¿algo más que una imagen?, Michael Shifter in La Página, 10 December 2013.

Shaking out the Obama-Castro handshake, Michael Shifter in Christian Science Monitor, 10 December 2013.

Darán trato de extranjeros a hijos de inmigrantes en República Dominicana, Latin America Advisor in Excelsior, 28 October 2013.

Moneda única en Cuba: un desafío "lento y complicado" para el régimen castrista, Peter Hakim in Info BAE, 24 October 2013.

La gran apuesta de Raúl Castro, Michael Shifter in La Nueva Provincia, 24 October 2013.  

El gobierno cubano asume peligrosos riesgos, Micahel Shifter in El Nuevo Herald, 24 October 2013.

Unificación monetaria en Cuba: la mayor apuesta de Raúl Castro, Peter Hakim in Tico Times, 23 October 2013.

Cuba's Raúl Castro takes a big chance on currency reform, Michael Shifter in Tico Times, 23 October 2013. 

Cuba's Raul Castro takes big chance on currency reform, Michael Shifter in France 24, 23 October 2013.

Peter Hakim: "EE.UU. ha hecho gestos, pero no un cambio en el énfasis a la región," Interview with Peter Hakim, La Tercera, 1 June 2013.