Video On Demand

The Dominican Republic: Becoming a One-Party State?

November 12, 2013 • 10:00 – 11:00 am EST

With Author:

Carl Meacham
CSIS Americas Program

and discussant

Roberto Álvarez
General Coordinator
Grupo Participación Ciudadana, and
Former Ambassador of the Dominican Republic 
to the Organization of American States
In a recent poll released by the Mexico City-based Mitofsky Consultants, Dominican Republic president Danilo Medina received the highest marks for a head-of-state in the Western Hemisphere, with an approval rating of 89 percent.  Despite high levels of support for the president, signs are growing that Dominicans are growing frustrated with the current state of the nation.  In particular, there is increasing unease over rising corruption and the Dominican Republic's growing role as a hub for the use and shipment of illegal narcotics.  Concerns are also being raised of decreasing judicial independence and the political dominance of the ruling party in governing institutions.  To understand these issues - as well as their potential impact on the Dominican Republic's relationship with the United States - the CSIS Americas Program led a six-month investigative effort to address the current state of the rule of law in the Dominican Republic - and where it is headed.  Join us for the launch of the report detailing the project's findings and conclusions.
Open to the public; however, seating is limited.  To RSVP, send confirmation to the Americas Program at