The Study of New Democracies in Latin America and Elsewhere: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the "Transitions Project" at the Woodrow Wilson Center
October 01, 2004 // 9:30am — 12:30pm
Twenty-five years ago at the Wilson Center, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Guillermo O'Donnell, Philippe Schmitter, and Laurence Whitehead, with support from Abraham Lowenthal, who was then director of the Latin American Program, organized a project to consider the transitions from authoritarian regimes in Latin America and Europe. The Transitions Project was at the origin of almost twenty-five years of conceptual debate and empirical research on regime change and democratic governance throughout the world; it is time to take stock of what we have learned from this experience. It is our pleasure to invite you to a session on "The Study of New Democracies in Latin America and Elsewhere: Reflections on the 25th Anniversary of the ‘Transitions Project' at the Woodrow Wilson Center" featuring the three project co-directors and the then director of the Wilson Center's Latin American Program.
June 28, 2004 // 11:00am — 5:30pm
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.
May 13, 2004 // 12:30pm — 2:30pm
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.
May 10, 2004 // 4:45pm — 7:00pm
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.
April 21, 2004 // 9:30am — 4:00pm
To analyze the economic and political trends and the context in which the upcoming elections will take place, the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars held a seminar "Democracy at the Crossroads: Economic and Political Crisis in the Dominican Republic," on Wednesday, April 21, in Washington, D.C. The seminar provided a forum to debate the nature of the crisis and the outlook for the future with leading experts on the Dominican Republic.
April 19, 2004 // 2:00pm — 5:00pm
The increasing contentiousness of negotiations in the World Trade Organization and the Free Trade Area of the Americas has led policymakers and scholars alike to explore alternative paths to liberalize trade. The Strategic Dynamics of Latin American Trade applies political-economic analysis to compare the trade strategies of four nations—Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Mexico—each of which demonstrates a distinctive approach to institutional options at the bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels. This growing divergence among trade strategies and their various outcomes has important implications for political and economic relations in the region—as well as for the future of free trade institutions worldwide. The speakers will discuss these developments and share their views on the evolution of free trade in the Americas.
April 13, 2004 // 12:00am
This conference was organized to study the current role of human rights in the international system, and the use of human rights as a foreign policy strategy.
February 26, 2004 // 8:15am — 4:15pm
View the summary of this meeting in publication format in Thinking Brazil Update (.pdf format).This meeting was planned in conjuction with the launching of the English edition of the book, MERCOSUR and the Creation of the Free Trade Area of the Americas. With over 20 speakers, this comprehensive seminar will be organized into 4 panel discussions.
December 16, 2003 // 11:00pm
A two-day conference held in the Dominican Republic concerning the context of the changes in Cuba, the concept of civil society, new modes of economic and social survival, and the relationship between religion, culture, and society.
November 20, 2003 // 7:30am — 9:00am
with Raúl Benítez Wilson Center Scholar, Ambassador Miguel Ruíz Cabañas, Mexico's Ambassador to The OAS; Joseph Tulchin, Director of the Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center