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Ricardo Zuniga

Ricardo Zuniga

Ricardo Zuniga is a Founding Partner of Dinámica Americas.

He was a career member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, serving for 30 years in multiple roles, including as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Special Envoy for the Northern Triangle, and U.S. Consul General in São Paulo, Brazil, where he focused on advancing U.S. commercial relations with Brazil. Zuniga was detailed from the State Department to serve as President Obama’s principal advisor for the Americas from 2012 to 2015, during which time he worked closely with then-Vice President Biden and advised Cabinet members and other senior leaders on events in the Americas.

Ricardo is a member of the Advisory Board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Latin America Program. He is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and served diplomatic tours in Mexico, Portugal, Cuba, Spain, and twice in Brazil.

Insights by Ricardo

Apr 25, 2024

AQ Podcast: What Biden 2.0 Would Mean for Latin America Policy

A review of Biden's policies towards the region and what might change if he is reelected in November with Ricardo Zuniga.

Feb 5, 2024

El Salvador’s President Wins, Despite Concerns Over Crackdown

New York Times

Nayib Bukele won a second term on Sunday, riding support for his crackdown on gangs, even if the price has been restricting civil liberties.

Jan 12, 2024

How the Biden administration helped avoid a coup in Guatemala

Washington Post

With grim predictions of waning U.S. influence around the globe — due to China’s rise and America’s own political dysfunction — Guatemala may emerge as a rare success in promoting democracy.

Dec 6, 2023

Guatemala’s High-Stakes Electoral Contest Grinds On

U.S. Institute of Peace

Guatemala’s fragile democracy faces its greatest test since the end of the conflicts in the late 20th century. Uncertainty will have significant implications for peace and prosperity. By Ricardo Zuniga

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