Tuesday Seminar Series: U.S. Policy toward Latin America under the Trump Administration


Tuesday, March 21, 2017, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

*This presentation will be recorded*

Speaker: Michael Shifter, President, Inter-American Dialogue

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

With the start of any US administration there tends to be some uncertainty about possible changes in US policy towards Latin America.   In the case of the current administration, especially following a campaign in which Mexico was the proxy for the two issues – immigration and trade -- that propelled Trump’s candidacy, such uncertainty, and apprehension, has been especially pronounced.  Exactly two months into the Trump administration, is it possible to discern changes in policy approaches towards the region?  How significant are such changes and what is their impact in Latin America?  Beyond Mexico, to what extent are there signs of policy shifts towards Central America, Cuba, Venezuela, Colombia, along with other countries?   Is there a real risk of renewed hostilities in US-Latin American relations?

mar_21_shifterMichael Shifter is president of the Inter-American Dialogue. Since 1993, Mr. Shifter has been adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches Latin American politics. Mr. Shifter writes and talks widely on U.S.-Latin American relations and hemispheric affairs. His recent articles have appeared in major U.S. and Latin American publications such as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Journal of Democracy, Harvard International Review, Clarin, O Estado de S. Paulo, and Cambio, and he is co-editor, along with Jorge Domínguez, of Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Prior to joining the Inter-American Dialogue, Mr. Shifter directed the Latin American and Caribbean program at the National Endowment for Democracy and, before that, the Ford Foundation’s governance and human rights program in the Andean region and Southern Cone where he was based in Lima, Peru, and subsequently, in Santiago, Chile.