Breakfast Discussion with President of Brazil's Chamber of Deputies Arlindo Chinaglia

January 24, 2008 // 7:30am9:00am
A medical doctor and a founder of the Workers Party (PT), Arlindo Chinaglia is a congressman from the state of São Paulo serving his fourth-term. The position of President of the Chamber of Deputies is equivalent to the Speaker of the House in the U.S. system. In the midst of various setbacks to President Lula's legislative agenda, Chinaglia is deeply involved in the negotiations of solutions to the government's fiscal and budgetary proposals, among other challenges. The discussion will focus on Brazil-US relations, President Lula's legislative agenda and Brazil's October 2008 municipal elections—elections that will set the stage for the 2010 presidential race.

Infrastructure Integration and Environmental Preservation in the Amazon

January 16, 2008 // 11:00am4:30pm
The Initiative for the Integration of the Regional Infrastructure of South America is meant to forge links between South American countries by integrating the transportation, energy, and telecommunications sectors. The full environmental and social impacts of IIRSA investments should be weighed against the need to promote the continent's economic development and reduce poverty.

The ‘New Left' and Human Rights, Political Participation and Civil Society-State Relations

December 05, 2007 // 8:00am4:00pm
Horacio Verbitsky, Centro de Estudios Legales y Sociales (CELS); Elizabeth Lira, Center for Ethics, Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Chile; Juan Faroppa, former Undersecretary of the Interior, Uruguay; Felipi Michelini, Sub-secretary for Education and Culture, Uruguay; Oscar Vilhena Viera, Fundaçâo Getúlio Vargas and Conectas, Brazil; Marcela Ríos Tobar, United Nations Development Program, Chile; Luis Tapia, Universidad Mayor de San Andrés, Bolivia; René Antonio Mayorga, Centro Boliviano de Estudios Multidisciplinarios, Bolivia.

Energy and Development in South America

November 28, 2007 // 7:45am12:15pm
The goal of the seminar is to analyze the ways in which energy serves as a cause of conflict or of cooperation in South America, with a particular focus on how energy resources are used both as an instrument to promote national development and as a factor in regional politics.

Fujimori: Neo-liberalism, Neo-sultanism, and Corruption

November 16, 2007 // 8:00am4:00pm

Crime, Violence, and Security in the CARICOM: Creating community in the Caribbean

October 30, 2007 // 9:00am12:30pm
Ambassador Albert Ramdin, Assistant Secretary General Organization of American States; Francis Forbes, CEO, IMPACS (Implementing Agency for Crime and Security) Liaison Office/ CARICOM;Gabriel Demombynes, Economist, World Bank; Anthony Harriott, Lecturer in Government, University of the West Indies, Mona (Jamaica); Folade Mutota, Co-founder, Women's Institute for Alternative Development (Trinidad and Tobago)

Argentina at the Polls

October 18, 2007 // 2:00pm5:00pm
with María Victoria Murillo, Associate Professor of Political Science, Columbia University; Rosalía Cortés, Professor of Sociology, Facultad Latinoamericana de las Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Buenos Aires; Graciela Romer, President, Graciela Romer & Asociados, Buenos Aires

Democratic Deficits: Addressing Challenges to Sustainability and Consolidation

September 18, 2007 // 9:00am5:30pm
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.

Indigenous Participation and Social Fragmentation in Bolivia

September 12, 2007 // 2:30pm5:00pm
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
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.


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