Latin America Events

Election Observation Missions - Making Them Count

April 29, 2005 // 8:15am1:15pm
Africa Program
This conference examined recent history and trends in elections observation around the world, including steps for the future, with experts on elections in Africa, Latin America, and the former Soviet Union in order to develop a practice of effective follow-up on the recommendations of election observation missions.

Is Debt Destiny? Argentina, Emerging Markets, and the Future of Finance

April 19, 2005 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
"How could this happen?" Paul Blustein asked himself while dispatched to Argentina in the wake of its 2001 economic crash. Reports of shantytown residents in the street butchering Angus steers from an overturned truck and of starving children in a nation of agricultural plenty stood in stark contrast to previous impressions of the much lauded and booming Argentina—a country on its way, until late 2001, to joining the ranks of wealthy nations. Blustein explores Argentina's over-hyped rise and dramatic fall (which brought about 25% unemployment, the peso's collapse, and political and social chaos) and the role international financial institutions and market players played in both. His book reminds us that the path from developing nation to developed can be perilous, in this case yielding a Latin American Enron on the scale of the nation state.

Reform of the United Nations Security Council and the Role of Latin America

April 18, 2005 // 3:00pm5:30pm
Latin American Program
A distinguished panel discussed the evolving role of the UN in world affairs and how the nations of Latin America fit into the organization. Participants included Ambassador Heraldo Muñoz, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who also served as United States ambassador to the UN, and Emilio Cárdenas, former Argentine ambassador to the UN. Video of this event is now available.

Building Transparency in Practice: Mexico in Comparative Perspective

April 14, 2005 // 2:30pm5:30pm
Mexico Institute

Regional Integration in the Amazon: Challenges and Prospects

March 14, 2005 // 11:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Rosalía Arteaga, Secretary General of the Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization (ACTO), discusses challenges to regional integration in the Amazon.

Environmental Film Festival Screening: Thirst

March 14, 2005 // 11:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
This film documents community efforts in Bolivia, India, and the United States to confront government plans to privatize water services.

Local Governance and the Creation of Spaces for Civic Action

March 10, 2005 // 8:00am1:00pm
Latin American Program
Join us for a discussion of an Inter-American Foundation-funded study of local governance and the creation of public spaces for citizen action. Presenters will discuss examples of grassroots participation in Peru, Ecuador, and Brazil.

Prisons in Crisis

February 15, 2005 // 1:00pm4:00pm
Latin American Program
The Prisons In Crisis Project brings together officials, activists, and specialists working on prison reform in Latin America in order to highlight common problems faced by the region's prison systems and to develop policies to address them.

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