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  • Mexicos Finance Minister Speaks at the InterAmerican Dialogue
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    Mexico's Finance Minister Speaks at the Inter-American Dialogue

    Carlos Urzúa, Mexico’s finance and public credit minister, was the featured speaker at a discussion on Mexico’s economy and investment outlook. He talked about Mexico’s political and…

  • InterAmerican Dialogue on Report About Corruption in Venezuela Part 1
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    Inter-American Dialogue on Report About Corruption in Venezuela, Part 1

    The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion about a new report on corruption in Venezuela. This program is briefly interrupted by a Senate Pro Forma Session.

  • Puerto Ricos Economy
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    Puerto Rico's Economy

    The Inter-American Dialogue hosted a discussion on Puerto Rico’s economy and energy infrastructure more than one year after Hurricane Maria devastated the island. Puerto Rico’s secretary of state provided an…

  • Panelists Discuss Legal Challenges Facing Immigrants
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    Legal Challenges for Immigrants

    The Inter-American Dialoguehosted a discussion on legal challenges facing immigrants to the U.S. as the Trump administration implemented its “zero tolerance” policy toward migrants at the…

  • InterAmerican Dialogue Hosts a Discussion on Puerto Ricos Debt
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    Debt and Politics in Puerto Rico

    As Congress considered a Puerto Rican debt restructuring bill, policy analysts talked about how to solve the island’s financial problems. They discussed their preferred actions from Congress, the…

  • Discussion on Brazils Political Challenges
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    Political and Economic Challenges in Brazil

    Panelists talked about Brazil’s economic and political challenges, including the turmoil facing Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff and the potential for her impeachment. “Can Dilma Weather the…

  • Discussion on Mexican Politics and Economy
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    Mexican Politics and Economy

    Professor Denise Dresser and former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Jim Jones talked about the politics and economy of Mexico, including allegations of corruption and mismanagement against the government of…

  • Discussion on US Policy Toward Cuba
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    U.S.-Cuba Relations

    A panel of U.S.-Cuba experts discussed the impending normalization of relations between the United States and Cuba, what led to the change, and what reaction from congressional lawmakers and the…

  • Discussion on Venezuelas Future
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    Politics and Economy of Venezuela

    Panelists talked about Venezuela’s political, economic, and social challenges under President Nicolas Maduro and the country’s relationship with other nations. Topics included President…

  • InterAmerican Dialogue Looks at Future of Venezuela
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    Venezuela Under President Maduro

    Panelists talked about the Venezuelan economy and politics of the country under its new leader, Nicolas Maduro. They also responded to questions from the audience.

  • US Elections and Latin America
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    U.S. Elections and Latin America

    Panelists talked about the implications of the U.S. 2012 elections for U.S.-Latin America policy opportunities regarding immigration, trade agreements, economic cooperation, and drug policy. They…

  • Panel on Border Security
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    Panel on Border Security

    Panelists talked about U.S. border security. Topics included improving border security, illegal immigration and violence along the U.S.-Mexico border, and border security along the northern…

  • Secretary of State Clintons Latin American Trip
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    Secretary of State Clinton's Latin American Trip

    Michael Shifter, Inter-American Dialogue Vice President for Policy, talked about what came out of the Secretary Clinton’s trip to Latin America this week. He also responded to telephone…

  • Political Turmoil in Honduras
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    Political Turmoil in Honduras

    The House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere held a hearing on the political situation in Honduras following the expulsion of the president by a military coup. Witnesses…

  • Summit of the Americas
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    Summit of the Americas

    Mr. Shifter spoke about the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago as sell as President Obama’s attendance at the summit. He responded to telephone calls and electronic mail.

  • USVenezuela Relations
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    U.S.-Venezuela Relations

    Mr. Shifter spoke about the Bush Administration concerns about Venezuela and its president Hugo Chavez. He discussed Pat Robertson and the Bush Administration’s recent statements about…

  • US Policy Toward Columbia
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    U.S. Policy Toward Columbia

    Mr. Shifter talked about U.S. funding and policy towards Colombia. The omnibus spending bill signed into law earlier in the month includes $731 million for the Andean Counterdrug…

  • Venezuela Crisis
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    Venezuela Crisis

    Mr. Shifter discussed the on-going situation in Venezuela and U.S.-Columbian relations in light of Columbian President Pastrana’s visit to the U.S. that week. He responded to audience…

  • US DrugFighting Efforts in Colombia
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    U.S. Drug-Fighting Efforts in Colombia

    Panel members heard testimony about the flow of drugs from Colombia to the U.S. and federal government efforts to block it. Witnesses testified that the Colombian drug trafficking problem…