Events

Election Observation Missions - Making Them Count

April 29, 2005 // 8:15am1:15pm
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
With author Paul Blustein, Staff Writer, Washington Post; and commentators Claudio Loser, Visiting Senior Fellow at the Inter-American Dialogue; and Joseph S. Tulchin, Director of the Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center.

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

April 19, 2005 // 9:00am11:00am
"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
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.

Local Governance and the Creation of Spaces for Civic Action

March 10, 2005 // 8:00am1:00pm
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
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.

The OAS: Chile's Vision

January 31, 2005 // 9:30am10:30am
A Director's Forum with His Excellency José Miguel Insulza, Minister of the Interior of Chile. Webcast available for viewing. See the "See Also" section of the Event Summary webpage.

Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives Book Launch

January 12, 2005 // 3:30am5:00pm
On Wednesday, January 12th, 2005, the Latin American Program hosted the book launch of Crucial Needs, Weak Incentives: Social Sector Reform, Democratization, and Globalization in Latin America, edited by Robert R. Kaufman and Joan M. Nelson. This book emerged from a series of workshops that are part of the Latin America Program's ongoing examination of social sector policies and reform in Latin America.For more information about the book, see our Wilson Press webpage.
Webcast

Book Launch--Beyond Free and Fair: Monitoring Elections and Building Democracy

December 09, 2004 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Eric Bjornlund, Democracy International; Commentator: Thomas Carothers, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Video of this event is available here.

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