Latin America Events


Brazil and the United States: Trade Agendas and Challenges of the Bilateral Relationship

October 16, 2007 // 2:00pm5:30pm
Brazil Institute
Henrique Rzezinski, President, Brazilian Section of Brazil-United States Business Council; Jason Kearns, Trade Counsel, Committee on Ways and Means, U.S. House of Representatives; Pedro da Motta Veiga, Director, Center for Integration and Development Studies (CINDES); Maurício Mesquita Moreira, Senior Trade and Integration Economist, Inter-American Development Bank; I.M. Destler, Visiting Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Jon Huenemann, Vice President, Miller & Chevalier; Kellie Meiman, Kissinger McLarty Associates; and Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute

Photography Exhibit and Reception: Water Stories: A Focus on Mexico

October 11, 2007 // 5:00pm7:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
More than 1 billion people lack access to potable water and more than 2.6 billion do not have adequate sanitation. "Water Stories: A Focus on Mexico" offers a vivid glimpse of the lives that lie behind these statistics.

Book Discussion: People on the Move: Reducing the Impact of Human Migration on Biodiversity

October 10, 2007 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Experts discuss the relationship between migration and biodiversity. Drawing on case studies in the Galápagos Islands and Brazil, they offer recommendations for mitigating migration's impact on the environment.

New Directions in Brazilian Foreign Relations

September 28, 2007 // 8:30am12:30pm
Brazil Institute
This event was held at The Brookings Institution.The Hon. Antonio Patriota, Brazilian Ambassador to the United States; Amaury de Souza, Senior Partner, MCM Associated Consultants, Rio; Mônica Herz, Director, Institute of International Relations, PUC-Rio; Riordan Roett, Director, Western Hemisphere Studies, SAIS; Eduardo Campos, Governor, State of Pernambuco; Sergio Amaral, Former Minister of Industry, Commerce & Development; Peter Hakim, President, Inter-American Dialogue; Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute; Antonio Barros de Castro, Chief-Economist, National Bank for Economic and Social Development (BNDES);

Promoting Democracy and Rights at Work: Making a Difference

September 18, 2007 // 3:00pm5:15pm
Brazil Institute
Kari Tapiola, Executive Director, ILO; Charlotte M. Ponticelli, Deputy Under-Secretary for international affairs at the U.S. DoL; Kjeld Jacobsen, President of CUT; Helga Ying, Director, Worldwide Government Affairs and Public Policy, Levi Strauss; Ros Harvey, Global Program Manager for Better Work; Mércia Consolação Silva, Social Observatory Institute, Brazil.

Democratic Deficits: Addressing Challenges to Sustainability and Consolidation

September 18, 2007 // 9:00am5:30pm
Latin American Program
How are the various democracies around the world addressing the deficits they face today? What cases are viewed as particularly successful in addressing poverty or social services? Have institutional reforms—-anti-corruption measures, participatory governance, perhaps decentralization—-been successful or even useful? How do we weigh the impact or likely success in countries facing ethnic or religious division? This policy conference, sponsored by RTI International and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, addressed these issues with the help of a group of world-class scholars, journalists, and practitioners with extraordinary insights into the topic and the country cases they have examined.

Many Mexicos: A Literary Landscape

September 17, 2007 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Mexico Institute
Discussion with author and literary translator C.M. Mayo about her widely-lauded memoir of Baja California, Miraculous Air, and anthology Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion, a collection of fiction and literary prose by some of Mexico's most outstanding writers.4th floor conference room

Indigenous Participation and Social Fragmentation in Bolivia

September 12, 2007 // 2:30pm5:00pm
Latin American Program
María Eugenia Choque, Co-founder Center for Aymara Studies, La Paz; Mamerto Pérez, Economist, Centro de Estudios para el Desarollo Laboral y Agrario (CEDLA), La Paz; Manuel de la Fuente, Professor of Economics, Universidad de San Simon, Cochabamba;Javier Hurtado Mercado, Vice-President, Organic Food Exporters Association, La Paz;Ximena Soruco Sologuren, Researcher, Programa de Investigación Estratégica en Bolivia, La Paz; Clare Ribando, Analyst in Latin American Affairs, Congressional Research Service

Book Launch: Walking the Forest with Chico Mendes, by Gomercindo Rodrigues

September 12, 2007 // 10:00am12:00pm
Brazil Institute
Gomercindo Rodrigues, a lawyer and activist, presents a rare and personal primary account of Chico Mendes' life and the struggle for justice in the Amazon.

Breakfast Discussion with Governor Jaques Wagner

September 11, 2007 // 8:30am10:00am
Brazil Institute
Governor Wagner will discuss the domestic challenges and opportunities the Brazilian government faces in transforming the immense and unshaken popularity of President Lula into an effective political instrument to advance a stalled policy agenda with three years and three months left in his presidency.