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

Security Sector Reforms in Latin America: Impact of Irregular Threats

September 10, 2007 // 1:00am12:00am
Oscar Bonilla, National Public Security Council, El Salvador; Gabriel Aguilera Peralta, former Secretary for Peace and former Vice-minister of Foreign Relations, Guatemala; Lilian Bobea, security analyst; Oswaldo Jarrín, former Defense Minister, Ecuador; Raúl Benítez Manaut, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Mexico; Carlos Basombrío, Former Vice-minister of the Interior, Peru; Rut Diamint, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina;Eliézer Rizzo de Oliveira, Universidad Estadual de Campinas, Brazil; Lucia Dammert Woodrow Wilson Center fellow and FLACSO-Chile.a

Fighting Corruption in the Americas

June 25, 2007 // 2:30pm4:30pm
Transparency International chapters from four countries - Mexico, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela - will share their conclusions and recommendations, with a special focus on efforts to reduce corruption in public contracting and increase whistleblower protection. Their presentations will highlight the role of civil society in monitoring convention enforcement – a role facing increasing resistance in many countries.

Strategic Scenarios and Interstate Relations in MERCOSUR

May 15, 2007 // 2:00pm5:30pm
The seminar will address current interstate relations among MERCOSUR members with a focus on the nature of recent conflicts, the strategic scenario currently unfolding, and the progress or stagnation of MERCOSUR's integration process.


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