Inter-American Dialogue

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Inter-American Dialogue
Abbreviation IAD, the Dialogue
Formation 1982
Type Latin America Public Policy Think Tank, Forum of Leaders
Headquarters 1211 Connecticut Avenue NW Suite 510
Location Washington, D.C. 20036
President Michael Shifter

The Inter-American Dialogue is a U.S. based center for policy analysis, exchange, and communication on issues in Western Hemisphere affairs. The Dialogue brings together public and private leaders from across the Americas to address hemispheric problems and opportunities.

Board of Directors[edit]

Current Board of Directors:

Michelle Bachelet (Co-Chair, Chile), Carla A. Hills (Co-Chair, United States), Enrique V. Iglesias (Co-Vice Chair, Uruguay), Thomas F. McLarty III (Co-Vice Chair, United States), David de Ferranti (Treasurer, United States), Peter D. Bell (Chair Emeritus, United States), Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Chair Emeritus, Brazil), Ricardo Lagos (Chair Emeritus, Chile), Alicia Bárcena (Mexico), Brian O'Neill (United States), Francis Fukuyama (United States), Pierre Pettigrew (Canada), L. Enrique García (Bolivia), Jorge Quiroga (Bolivia), Donna J. Hrinak (United States), Marta Lucía Ramírez (Colombia), Marcos Jank (Brazil), Arturo Sarukhan (Mexico), Jim Kolbe (United States), Eduardo Stein (Guatemala), Thomas J. Mackell Jr. (United States), Martín Torrijos (Panama), M. Peter McPherson (United States), Elena Viyella de Paliza (Dominican Republic), Billie Miller (Barbados), Ernesto Zedillo (Mexico)


The Dialogue's 100+ members are from the United States, Canada, and 22 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean—including political, business, academic, media, and other non-governmental leaders. Sixteen Dialogue members served as presidents of their countries, more than twenty have served at the cabinet level, and seventeen have held seats in congress.[citation needed] Twenty per cent are in the business or finance sectors. Seven Members are associated with the media and nine with universities.[citation needed]


The Inter-American Dialogue convenes events ranging from small briefings to major conferences throughout the year across an array of critical issue areas—Latin American trade and investment links, economic and political trends, energy integration, globalization and poverty, education reform, women and political power, remittances and migration, race discrimination in Latin America, the challenges facing the countries of the Andean region, the changing politics and economics of Cuba, the precarious equilibrium in Haiti, and ongoing threats to press freedom in the Americas.