Michael Shifter

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Name: Michael Shifter
First reported Apr 11 2014 - Updated Apr 11 2014 - 1 reports

Promoting democracy in countries where USAID isn’t welcome is a delicate balancing act

The U.S. Agency for International Development has a long history of funding democracy-building programs in Latin America and around the world — even in countries like Cuba, where it isn’t welcome.It’s always been a delicate balancing act because promoting ... [Published Miami Herald - Apr 11 2014]
First reported Apr 07 2014 - Updated Apr 07 2014 - 1 reports

Costa Rica leftist wins run-off

A prosecutor's investigation into allegations of abuse of authority and embezzlement while Araya was mayor of San Jose made it hard for the former front-runner to distance himself from party scandals."There is a desire for a real change and I think Solis ... [Published Nelson Mail - Apr 07 2014]
First reported Apr 03 2014 - Updated Apr 04 2014 - 1 reports

PREVIEW-Costa Rica leftist seen clinching presidency in one-horse race

SAN JOSE, April 3 (Reuters) - Costa Rica's center-left presidential candidate Luis Guillermo Solis is expected to cruise to victory in Sunday's run-off election after his ruling party rival quit campaigning in a bizarre twist last month.Solis surprised ... [Published TrustMedia - Apr 03 2014]
First reported Apr 02 2014 - Updated Apr 02 2014 - 1 reports

Global Insider: Ecuador Local Elections Show Correa’s Weakness More Than Opposition’s Strength

In late February, Ecuador’s municipal elections yielded gains for the opposition in an apparent setback for President Rafael Correa. In an email interview, Michael Shifter , president of the Inter-American Dialogue and adjunct professor of Latin American ... [Published World Politics Review - Apr 02 2014]
First reported Mar 29 2014 - Updated Mar 29 2014 - 1 reports

Vatican open to facilitator role for Venez crisis

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The Vatican says it's willing to help facilitate talks between Venezuela's government and its opponents aimed at ending weeks of deadly unrest that have paralyzed much of the country.President Nicolas Maduro on Thursday said ... [Published Middletown Press - Mar 29 2014]
First reported Mar 27 2014 - Updated Mar 27 2014 - 1 reports

Bello: Legalism v democracy

“WEAPONS have given you independence. Laws will give you freedom”. This pledge to Colombians by Francisco de Paula Santander, an independence leader, is inscribed above the portal of the Palace of Justice in Bogotá. Ever since Santander, Colombia has ... [Published The Economist - Mar 27 2014]
First reported Mar 24 2014 - Updated Mar 24 2014 - 1 reports

Venezuela's Anti-American Rhetoric Unites Government Supporters

Officials in Venezuela have repeatedly accused the United States of orchestrating anti-government demonstrations in the South American country. While the United States provides funding to human rights groups and organizations that promote democracy in ... [Published VOA News - Mar 24 2014]
First reported Mar 19 2014 - Updated Mar 19 2014 - 1 reports

Maduro to Obama: Give peace a chance, don't kill me

')//--> Please support our site by enabling javascript to view ads.LIMA, Peru — Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro may need to make up his mind about the United States.The embattled leader has once again accused President Barack Obama’s administration ... [Published GlobalPost - Mar 19 2014]
First reported Mar 18 2014 - Updated Mar 19 2014 - 1 reports

Central America’s Moment

While Brazil and Mexico (in good and bad ways) tend to fill U.S. headlines regarding Latin America, other nations matter as well for the United States. Among them are the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Though combined ... [Published Council On Foreign Relations - Mar 18 2014]
First reported Mar 18 2014 - Updated Mar 18 2014 - 1 reports

Lew Seeks to Repair Brazil Ties in Latin America Trip

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew discussed ways to expand trade and investment with hisBrazilian counterpart as he sought to repair relations with Latin America ’s biggest economy.“Both countries recognize the great potential benefit fromworking together ... [Published Bloomberg - Mar 18 2014]
First reported Mar 15 2014 - Updated Mar 15 2014 - 1 reports

Ecuador revolves around Rafael Correa

QUITO, Ecuador In Latin Americas current era of big-personality politics, there may be no other leader who embodies as many apparent contradictions as Rafael Correa, Ecuadors president. Although he proudly identifies as a leftist, Correa is staunchly ... [Published Washington Post - Mar 15 2014]
First reported Feb 22 2014 - Updated Feb 22 2014 - 1 reports

Venezuelans on streets again as protest leader awaits trial

Opposition supporters march against the Maduro government in Caracas on Saturday. Photograph: Jorge Silva/ReutersVenezuelans have taken to the streets for the second time in ten days in opposing marches for and against the Maduro administration. The government ... [Published Guardian.co.uk - Feb 22 2014]

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...a desire for a real change and I think Solis was able to embody that," said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue think tank. "it is shaking up the traditional political establishment in costa rica."
"if there is anybody from the pac who has an ability to make alliances and make deals across parties, it's solis" said Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-American Dialogue
"i don't think this is going to be a warm 'abrazo,'" said Shifter, using the Spanish word for "hug." "I think it will be businesslike."

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Promoting democracy in countries where USAID is... [Published Miami Herald - Apr 11 2014]
Costa Rica leftist wins run-off [Published Nelson Mail - Apr 07 2014]
PREVIEW-Costa Rica leftist seen clinching presi... [Published TrustMedia - Apr 03 2014]
Global Insider: Ecuador Local Elections Show Co... [Published World Politics Review - Apr 02 2014]
Vatican open to facilitator role for Venez crisis [Published Middletown Press - Mar 29 2014]
Bello: Legalism v democracy [Published The Economist - Mar 27 2014]
Venezuela's Anti-American Rhetoric Unites Gover... [Published VOA News - Mar 24 2014]
Maduro to Obama: Give peace a chance, don't kil... [Published GlobalPost - Mar 19 2014]
Central America’s Moment [Published Council On Foreign Relations - Mar 18 2014]
Lew Seeks to Repair Brazil Ties in Latin Americ... [Published Bloomberg - Mar 18 2014]
Ecuador revolves around Rafael Correa [Published Washington Post - Mar 15 2014]
Venezuelans on streets again as protest leader ... [Published Guardian.co.uk - Feb 22 2014]
Kerry trip to Brazil, Colombia could be chilly [Published Chambersburg Public Opinion - Aug 12 2013]
Snowden affair dampens US-Latin American ties [Published Beaver County Times - Jul 13 2013]
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