Noticias Fall 2012

Noticias Fall 2012
Wilson Center 'Noticias'
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Venezuela's presidential elections will be on October 7, 2012. The Latin American Program and IDEA Internacional commissioned two renowned Latin American experts to go to Venezuela, to assess the conditions for holding a free and fair election in a context of high political polarization. They came to the Wilson Center to present their report.

Her Excellency Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil Arturo Sarukhan and Jane Harman
Brazil-U.S.: Partnership for the 21st Century Policy Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations

The Brazil Institute and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil for a bilateral conference on ways to promote and expand the commercial, economic, education, and innovation ties between the two countries.

A discussion of the report, A Stronger Future: Policy Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations, from the Annenberg Retreat at Sunnylands. The retreat was held to focus on fresh ideas to take the relationship between the two countries to a new level.
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Democratic Governance
Citizen Security
Development & Innovation
Trade & Economics
Foreign Policy & International Relations
Border Security & Migration
Environment & Energy
Fellows & Public Policy Scholars
Staff Notes
Publications
Forthcoming Publications

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New Publications

In the Wake of War: Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict in Latin America
In the Wake of War
Cynthia J. Arnson, ed.
Latin American Program: Report on Activities
Latin American Program: Report on Activities
A Stronger Future: Policy Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations
“Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations”
Chronic Violence and its Reproduction: Perverse Trends in Social Relations, Citizenship, and Democracy in Latin America
“Chronic Violence and its Reproduction”
Tani Marilena Adams
Taxation and Equality in Latin America
"Taxation and Equality in Latin America"
Cynthia J. Arnson, Marcelo Bergman & Tasha Fairfield
The Legal Side of Mexican Immigration
“The Legal Side of Mexican Immigration”
David R. Ayón
Linking Development & Migration: A Binational U.S.-Mexico Dialogue
“Linking Development & Migration”
David R. Ayón
Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas: Major Trends in the Twenty-First Century
“Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas”
Bruce Bagley
Mexico: A Middle Class Society, Poor No More, Developed Not Yet
Mexico: A Middle Class Society, Poor No More, Developed Not Yet
Luis de la Calle & Luis Rubio
The Rebellion of Criminal Networks: Organized Crime in Latin America and the Dynamics of Change
“The Rebellion of Criminal Networks”
Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara
Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico
“Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico”
Eric L. Olson
Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico
“International Support for Justice Reform in Latin America”
Luis Pásara
Bioenergy Potential in Northern Mexico
“Bioenergy Potential in Northern Mexico”
Duncan Wood, Jason Koman, David Richey, Omar Romero-Hernández, & Sergio Romero-Hernández
Re-Energizing the Border: Renewable Energy, Green Jobs and Border Infrastructure
“Re-Energizing the Border”
Duncan Wood
Wind Energy Potential in Mexico’s Northern Border States
“Wind Energy Potential in Mexico’s Northern Border States”
Duncan Wood, Samantha Lozano Medecigo, Omar Romero-Hernández, & Sergio Romero-Hernández
Democratic Governance
Why Brazilians Like Dilma Despite The Bad News Why Brazilians Like Dilma Despite The Bad News

A panel discussed the first year of President Dilma Rousseff’s administration and how despite several corruption scandals and a sharp slowdown of the economy, she gained high approval due to her ability to turn adversity to her political advantage. Read more...

Also See:

Two Decades after El Salvador’s Peace Accords
Venezuela’s Primary Elections
Guillermo O'Donnell and the Study of Democracy
Drug Policy and Democracy in Guatemala
Justice Reform in Latin America
Discussion with Colombian Prosecutor General Luis Eduardo Montealegre
Venezuela's Presidential Elections 2012
A Discussion on Mexican Politics
Mexican Elections and the Future of Social Democracy
Persistent Underfunding of Latino Communities
Mexico's 2012 Election in Perspective
Latino Leadership Project
Human rights violations in Mexico
The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations (Republican National Convention)
The Future of U.S.-Mexico Relations (Democratic National Convention)
The Peace Movement in Mexico
A Conversation with Governor Eduardo Campos
Brazil's New Social Agenda
Round-table on Brazil-U.S. Relations with Todd Chapman
Citizen Security
panel of speakersReducing Murder Rates in Central America

The Wilson Center and INCAE Business School, the The World Bank, the U.S. Department of State, and the Central American Private Sector Initiative hosted a discussion on practical solutions to reduce the rate of homicides in the region. Read more...

Also See:

Leyes, Penas y Carceles: ¿Cuánto sirve?
Fighting Transnational Organized Crime
Citizen Security in Venezuela
Seguridad democrática: las políticas públicas
Religion and Violence in Central America
A Discussion with Genaro García Luna
Drugs and Violence in Mexico
Disrupting Mexican Transnational Money Laundering
Development and Innovation
Rio + 20 Green and Inclusive Growth in Latin America

According to a recent World Bank report,in the 20 years since the last Rio Conference on Sustainable Development, Latin America has served as the world’s laboratory for green and inclusive growth. Read more...

Also See:

Getting Past Megacities
Mexico Today
Mexico Economy Structurally Sound
Our World, Paradoxes, Problems and the Need for Change
Rio+20: A New Agenda for Sustainability?
New Directions in Brazil's Innovation System
How Cities Network, Learn and Innovate
Trade and Economics
The Trans-Pacific Partnership The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Ambassador Demetrios Marantis gave the keynote address. He was followed by a panel that discussed new and possible future participants, and another panel discussed key U.S. interests in the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Read more...


Also See:

Central American Fiscal Policy
North American Integration Essential to Renewed U.S. Manufacturing Prowess?
Mexico’s Economic Future
Is Brazil's New Industrial Policy Working?
Congressional Study Mission on Innovation
Brazil Forum featuring Governor Alckmin
Foreign Policy & International Relations
Photo of South America by Douglas Fernandes Brazil and South America

Brazil’s “rise” as a global power raise as many questions as answers about Brazil’s relationship with other nations in South America. Two panels discussed Brazil’s relationship with other nations in South America with perspectives from Brazil and various countries in the region. Read more...

Also See:

The Summit of the Americas: An Assessment
Brazil and South America
Policy Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations
How Canada and Mexico Construct U.S. Power
Prospective Scenarios for U.S.-Mexico Relations in 2030
Mexico and the G-20 Leader’s Summit
Mexico’s Election and the Nation’s Role in the World
A Conference on U.S.-Brazil Relations
A Press Roundtable on President Rousseff's Visit to Washington
Brazil-U.S. Partnership with the President of Brazil
Why the U.S. Is Not Destined to Decline
Will the Ongoing Nuclear Talks with Iran Yield Better Results than Past Efforts?
Border Security and Migration
Alan Bersin, Assistant Secretary of International Affairs and Chief Diplomatic Officer for the Department of Homeland Security How to Build a 21st Century Border

The Mexico Institute hosted a discussion on developing efficient and secure border management strategies. The panel identified key challenges and opportunities regarding both the security and economic dimensions of border management. Read more...

Also See:

Borders, Crime, and Security: Challenges
How Are Immigrants Shaping America’s Character in the 21st Century?
"Living Illegal, The Human Face of Unauthorized Immigration"
Environment and Energy
Solutions for the Planet’s Energy Challenge Sustainable Solutions for the Planet’s Energy Challenge

Environmental challenges of climate change, energy demands, and natural resource loss continue to mount. These challenges call for action at a planetary scale. Read more...


Also See:

Energy in the Americas
Shark Loves the Amazon
Brazilian Nature and Our Scientific Partnerships
A Conversation on Climate Change
The Global Environment Facility at 20
Brazil’s Energy and Infrastructure Challenge
Fellows and Public Policy Scholars
Fellows

The Latin American Program is delighted to welcome five Wilson Center Fellows for the 2012¬-2013 academic year:
Steven Dudley, Co-director, InSight Crime, Washington, D.C. “Old Cartels and New Gangs: the Disintegration of the Underworld and its Impact on the Region.”
Laura Gómez-Mera, Assistant Professor of International Studies, University of Miami. “The Politics of International Cooperation in the Fight against Human Trafficking.”
Kenneth Greene, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Texas at Austin. “Political Finance and Party Systems in Latin America.”
Jeffery Paige, Professor of Sociology, University of Michigan, “The Discourse of Indigenous Revolution in the Andes.”
Gail D. Triner, Professor of History, Rutgers University, “Non-renewable Natural Resources, Institutions and Globalization in a Modern Brazilian Economy.”


Public Policy Scholars


We were delighted to host as Public Policy Scholars:
Alejandro Anaya Muñoz, Professor-Researcher, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, "Human Rights: An International Relations Perspective."
Richard Feinberg, Professor of International Political Economy, University of California, San Diego, “New Directions in Brazil’s Innovation System: Lessons for the Global Economy.”
W.E. (Ted) Hewitt, Professor of Sociology, University of Western Ontario, "Foreign Direct Investment in Cuba: Existing Ventures and Future Potentials."
Mauricio Merino Huerta, Professor-Researcher, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas, "The Inner Plumbing of Democracy: Measures and Remedies for Fortifying the Public Ethic in Mexico."


Don Eugenio Garza Lagüera Scholars


The Mexico Institute, in partnership with the Instituto Technológico de Monterrey was pleased to host the 2012 Don Eugenio Garza Lagüera Scholars:
Sofía Jiménez Méndez, Ph.D. Candidate.
Miguel Angel Mancera, Ph.D. Candidate.
Freddy Mariñez Navarro, Professor of Government and Public Policy.
Héctor Juan Villarreal Páez, Associate Professor.


Of Note


On July 10, 2012, Librarian of Congress, and Wilson Center Trustee, James H. Billington awarded the 2012 John W. Kluge Prize for lifetime achievement in the study of humanity to former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso, one of the leading scholars and practitioners of political economy in recent Latin American history. Cardoso was a member of a board of the Latin American Program’s original Academic Council and as president of Brazil, authorized seed money for the Wilson Center’s Brazil Project, the predecessor of today's Brazil Institute. Read more...

It is with great sadness that we note the passing of three former fellows/scholars affiliated with the Wilson Center:

Amaury de Souza former Wilson Center Fellow, influential political analist, and former university professor. Read more...
Carlos Fuentes, former Wilson Center fellow and renowned Mexican author and public intellectual.
Guillermo O’Donnell, Argentine political scientist, member of the Latin American Program’s original Academic Council, and a moving force in the 1980s project on democratic transitions in Latin America, based at the Wilson Center. Read more... (See related content)
Staff Notes

It is with great pride that we announce that Mexico Institute Director Andrew Selee has been named the Wilson Center's new Vice President for Programs. Selee succeeds Robert Litwak, who has been appointed Vice President for Scholars and Academic Relations. Andrew will continue as a Senior Advisor to the Mexico Institute, and to write and speak on US-Mexico relations. Meanwhile, Eric Olson has assumed the position of Associate Director of the Mexico Institute, with responsibility for day-to-day management of programming.

In announcing Andrew’s selection, Wilson Center Director, President and CEO, Jane Harman said:

“The search to find a Vice President for Programs to lead important changes and work with the Center’s programs to move from excellence to greater relevance and to ensure the Wilson Center can be more than the sum of its parts was a short one. Andrew will to bring greater coherence and coordination among the Center’s programs. He will also help build national and international partnerships with other institutions in and beyond Washington that can enable the Wilson Center to thrive in the 21st Century.”

Congratulations, Andrew!

We welcome new Latin American Program Associate Christine Zaino. Christine recently completed her M.A. at the Elliott School of International Affairs at the George Washington University, where she focused on transnational security threats and security in the Western Hemisphere. She previously interned at the National Defense University and the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

We also welcome Allison Cordell as a new Program Assistant at the Mexico Institute. Prior to joining the Wilson Center, she served in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, where she advised municipal authorities on improving efficiency and encouraged citizen participation in local development. Allison previously was an intern for the U.S. Department of State at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. She received a B.A. in Public Policy Studies (Phi Beta Kappa) from Duke University.

Interns

Julie Anderson, Brigham Young University
Alexander Ascencio, Georgetown University
Gabriella Ippolito, University of Denver
Kathleen Mason, Duke University
Diana Murray Watts, Georgetown University
Melissa Nolan, Georgetown University
Aurelia Ortiz, The American University
Lauren Phelps, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Mark Pigott, The American University
Elizabeth Sampson, The George Washington University
Elizabeth Sweitzer, University of Toronto
Publications
Books

Cynthia J. Arnson, ed., In the Wake of War: Democratization and Internal Armed Conflict in Latin America (Washington, D.C. and Palo Alto, CA: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Stanford University Press, 2012).

Luis de la Calle and Luis Rubio, Mexico: A Middle Class Society, Poor No More, Developed Not Yet, January 2012.

Carlos Basombrío Iglesias, ¿Qué Hemos Hecho?: Reflexiones sobre respuestas y políticas públicas frente al incremento de la violencia delincuencial en América Latina, September 2012. Summary also available in English.

Reports

“A Stronger Future: Policy Recommendations for U.S.-Mexico Relations,” July 2012.

Eric L. Olson, “A Review of ‘My Country: Insights to Understand and Change Mexico’,” January 2012.

Eric L. Olson, “Mexico’s 2012 Elections: Key Issues and Critical Questions Now and Beyond,” June 2012.

Eric L. Olson and Erik Lee, “The State of Security in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region,” August 2012.

Celina B. Realuyo, “It’s All about the Money: Advancing Anti-Money Laundering Efforts in the U.S. and Mexico to Combat Transnational Organized Crime,” May 2012.

Miguel Salazar, “Innovation and Development in Mexico: The Promising Road Ahead,” February 2012.

Christopher Wilson and Erik Lee, “The State of Trade, Competitiveness and Economic Well-being in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region,” June 2012.

Duncan Wood, Jason Koman, David Richey, Omar Romero-Hernández, and Sergio Romero-Hernández, “Bioenergy Potential in Northern Mexico,” May 2012.

Duncan Wood, “Re-Energizing the Border: Renewable Energy, Green Jobs and Border Infrastructure,” May 2012.

Duncan Wood, “US-Mexico Cross Border Energy Cooperation: a new era in the Gulf of Mexico,” March 2012.

Duncan Wood, Samantha Lozano Medecigo, Omar Romero-Hernaández, and Sergio Romero-Hernández, “Wind Energy Potential in Mexico’s Northern Border States,” May 2012.

Bulletins

Tani Marilena Adams, “Chronic Violence and its Reproduction: Perverse Trends in Social Relations, Citizenship, and Democracy in Latin America,” March 2012. Also available in Spanish.

Cynthia J. Arnson and Marcelo Bergman, "Taxation and Equality in Latin America," June 2012.

David R. Ayón, “Linking Development & Migration: A Binational U.S.-Mexico Dialogue,” May 2012.

David R. Ayón, “The Legal Side of Mexican Immigration,” June 2012.

Bruce Bagley, "Drug Trafficking and Organized Crime in the Americas: Major Trends in the Twenty-First Century," July 2012.

Juan Carlos Garzón Vergara, “The Rebellion of Criminal Networks: Organized Crime in Latin America and the Dynamics of Change,” March 2012. Also available in Spanish.

Eric L. Olson, “Considering New Strategies for Confronting Organized Crime in Mexico,” March 2012.

Luis Pasara, “International Support for Justice Reform in Latin America: Worthwhile or Worthless?,” September 2012.

Articles

Paulo Sotero, “The Brazilian Challenge: How to Manage Asymmetrical Regional Relations Beyond the OAS,” Revista CIDOB d'afers internacionals, May 12, 2012.

Paulo Sotero, “Rio+20 and the World of Clarice,” O Estado de S.Paulo, June 22, 2012. Available in Spanish and English.

Annual Reports

Report on Activities 2009-11, Latin American Program, April 2012.

Forthcoming Publications

Dolia Estévez, "U.S. Ambassadors to Mexico: The Relationship through Their Eyes," October 2012.

James E. Mahon, Jr., “Tax Incidence and Tax Reforms in Latin America,” September 2012.

Report on Second Brazilian Congressional Study Mission On Innovation, Winter 2012.

Report on the Brazil-United States Judicial Dialogue, Winter 2012.

Sergio Romero-Hernández, Bernardo Duarte Rodríguez-Granada, Omar Romero-Hernández, Duncan Wood, "Solar Energy Potential In Mexico’s Northern Border," October 2012.

Saulo Santos de Souza, “The Political Economy of Tax Reform in Latin America: A Critical Review,” September 2012.

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