Latin America Events

"One Year of the Transparency Law in Mexico"

July 01, 2004 // 8:30am10:00am
Mexico Institute

The Peace Process in Colombia with the Autodefensas Unidas de Colombia-AUC

June 28, 2004 // 11:00am5:30pm
Latin American Program
In July 2003, the government of President Álvaro Uribe took the unprecedented step of opening formal peace talks with the AUC. Although close to 900 paramilitary fighters demobilized last year, issues such as paramilitary involvement in drug trafficking and accountability for human rights abuses have raised controversy in Colombia and abroad. The Wilson Center conference aims to explore key issues in the Government-AUC peace talks, the prospects for an eventual negotiated settlement, and the key challenges ahead. Video of both the Director's Forum and the Panel discussion is available here. Summaries of both the Director's Forum and the Panel discussion are available in the Summary section.

Environment, Development and Sustainability:

June 21, 2004 // 12:00am
Brazil Institute
Co-sponsored with The Wilson Center's Environmental Change and Security Project and The John Heinz III center for Science, Economics and the Environment the Director of INPA José Antônio Alves Gomes discussed his organization's role in the progress of sustainable development in the Brazilian Amazon as well as his Institute's plans for the future.

Seminar with Governor Manuel Angel Nuñez Soto, Governor of Hidalgo

June 07, 2004 // 4:00pm5:30pm
Mexico Institute

Social and Economic Dimensions of Conflict and Peace in Colombia

May 13, 2004 // 12:30pm2:30pm
Latin American Program
During 2003, both the World Bank and the United Nations Development Program published major studies of economic and social conditions in Colombia and the causes and consequences of conflict, including policy recommendations for sustainable and equitable growth and development as well as reform. The World Bank's 900-plus page study, Colombia: The Economic Foundation of Peace, and the United Nations Development Program's human development report, El conflicto: callejón con salida, offer comprehensive diagnoses of the relationship between violence and civil conflict, detailing, among other issues, the human costs of the war, the crisis of the rural sector, and offering recommendations for macroeconomic and social policy reform.

A Conversation with White House Chiefs of Staff on the Politics of Trade Policy

May 10, 2004 // 4:45pm7:00pm
Latin American Program
The Latin American Program joined with the Council of the Americas to host "A Conversation with White House Chiefs of Staff on the Politics of Trade." Andrew Card, Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, opened the discussion by describing President Bush's goal to create a better and safer America. The Honorable John Podesta, The Honorable Thomas McLarty, The Honorable John Sununu, and The Honorable James Jones offered comments based on their experience as Chiefs of Staff and in their other roles.Zanny Minton-Beddoes of The Economist moderated the discussion and talked about U.S. leadership in the trading system and the increased complexity of trade policy today.

Embraer: Building a Globally Competitive Company

May 04, 2004 // 12:00am
Brazil Institute
At a Brazil Working Group meeting this spring, Maurício Novis Botelho presented the remarkable story of Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer.

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