The pendulum of Latin American politics is swinging rightward once again. In the past, relations between the U.S. and various Latin American states have experienced cyclical ups and downs. Many states, however, appear to be moving toward more centrist forms of governments – with added opportunities for change in Cuba, Colombia and Venezuela – allowing the US to be able to foster improved relations with its neighbors to the south. With the ever growing change in Latin America, it is more important than ever for the U.S. to look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s, and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century. Come join us for a discussion on this topic with Inter-American Dialogue’s Michael Shifter.
Mr. Shifter is the President of Inter-American Dialogue, a Washington-D.C. based think tank, devoted to analyzing policies and enhancing communication within the Western Hemisphere. As a journalist, scholar, and professor, Mr. Shifter has spent his career teaching and advising on Latin American politics and policy. He is currently an adjunct professor of Latin American politics at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, in addition to serving as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.