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Gender Equity, Health, and Cultural Tensions in the Amazon

October 22, 2012 // 12:00pm2:00pm
Environmental Change and Security Program
Poverty in Latin America has become increasingly “feminized,” said John Coonrod, executive vice president of The Hunger Project, at the Wilson Center on October 22. As a result, many governments and NGOs are starting to focus on the needs of women, especially indigenous women. And yet discussions about gender equity, cultural differences, and ethnicity are still uncommon, said Brandeis University professor Cristina Espinosa.
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The Soviet Cuban Missile Crisis: Castro, Mikoyan, Kennedy, Khrushchev, and the Missiles of November

October 17, 2012 // 3:30pm5:00pm
Cold War International History Project
Based on secret transcripts of top-level diplomacy undertaken by the number-two Soviet leader, Anastas Mikoyan, to settle the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, this book rewrites conventional history. The "missiles of October" and "13 days" were only half the story: the nuclear crisis actually stretched well into November 1962 as the Soviets secretly planned to leave behind in Cuba over 100 tactical nuclear weapons, then reversed themselves because of obstreperous behavior by Fidel Castro. The highly-charged negotiations with the Cuban leadership, who bitterly felt sold out by Soviet concessions to the United States, were led by Mikoyan.
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Religion and Violence in Central America

July 11, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Violent crime in Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala has reached unprecedented levels. It is frequently religious organizations that are on the front lines of efforts to reduce gang violence and get young people out of gangs.
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Central American Fiscal Policy in a Time of Crisis

June 05, 2012 // 9:00am11:00am
Latin American Program
Presentation of ICEFI’s just released Central American fiscal policy report: “Central American Fiscal Policy in a Time of Crisis”
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Justice Reform in Latin America: Why Is It So Difficult?

May 01, 2012 // 9:00am11:30am
Latin American Program
Efforts to strengthen the rule of law and reform judicial systems have been underway in Latin America for well over 25 years. What has been learned so far? What are opportunities and obstacles to produce change?
OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza
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The Summit of the Americas: A Post-Summit Assessment

April 24, 2012 // 2:30pm4:00pm
Latin American Program
Latin America has weathered the worldwide recession admirably, and trade and investment ties are becoming stronger, OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza said in a recap of last week's Summit of the Americas.

Reducing Murder Rates in Central America: Searching for Practical Solutions

April 19, 2012 // 11:00am1:00pm
Latin American Program
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and INCAE Business School, along with their supporting partners The World Bank, the U.S. Department of State, and the Central American Private Sector Initiative (CAPSI) will sponsor a presentation of Reducing Murder Rates in Central America: Searching for Practical Solutions. This event will take place at the World Bank.
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Drug Policy and Democracy in Central America: A View from Guatemala

March 29, 2012 // 12:30pm2:00pm
Latin American Program
Secretary Fernando Carrera discussed recent proposals made by Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina regarding drug legalization.
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Fighting Transnational Organized Crime

March 23, 2012 // 9:00am10:30am
Latin American Program
General Douglas Fraser discusses international efforts to tackle the complex challenge of organized crime and restore citizen security in Central and South America.
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Two Decades after El Salvador’s Peace Accords: Current Challenges

January 30, 2012 // 9:00am11:30am
Latin American Program
In the twenty years since the signing of the Peace Accords, El Salvador has made impressive progress in expanding political and media freedoms, reforming the military and security forces, lowering rates of poverty and inequality, improving respect for human rights, and reforming electoral institutions. Today, however, El Salvador faces unprecedented security and economic challenges. An upsurge in transnational crime, including narcotics, weapons, and human trafficking, has intersected with longstanding problems of gang violence such that El Salvador suffers one of the highest homicide rates in the world. El Salvador’s economy continues to struggle amidst the global recession and weak economic recovery in the United States, the country’s largest export market.

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