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Noticias | Wilson Center Latin America Program Newsletter | Summer 2013
Brazil Protests

Protests in Brazil

Mass protests across Brazil surprised politicians at all levels of government when they began in June following a brutal police response to demonstrations against increases in public transport fares in São Paulo. Brazil Institute Director Paulo Sotero's analysis of these intense protests taking place across the country hads been featured in a number of news sources. In an article for the Financial Times, Sotero also examined the government's attempts to quell the protests. More →

Reaching Across the Pacific: Asia and Latin America in the New Centure

Reaching across the Pacific: Asia and Latin American in the New Century

The last decade has shown a dramatic increase in trade, investment, and political relations between Latin American and Asian countries. In June, the Latin American Program brought together experts from seven different countries to discuss these trends. Inter-American Development Bank President Luis Alberto Moreno highlighted key developments in the relationship between the two regions, such as converging labor costs and growing middle classes. More →

Mexico: Commitment to Security and Justice

Mexico: Commitment to Security and Justice

In April, the Woodrow Wilson Center's Mexico Institute hosted a presentation by Mexico's Secretary of the Interior Miguel Ángel Osorio Chong. Secretary Osorio Chong has served as Secretary of the Interior under President Enrique Peña Nieto since December 2012 and was previously Governor of Hidalgo. His address covered the Peña Nieto administration’s security and justice strategies and was his first public address as Secretary outside of Mexico. More →

In This Issue...

Woodrow
Wilson Awards

Dinner Honoring
President Juan
Manuel Santos

of Colombia
Award for Public
Service

Organized by the Latin American Program
New York, NY
September 24, 2013

Woodrow Wilson Center

Dinner Honoring
Guadalupe Arizpe de
De La Vega

of FEMAP
Award for Public
Service

&

Don Federico
Terrazas Torres

President of Cementos
de Chihuahua
Award for Corporate Citizenship

Organized by the Latin Mexico Institute
Chihuahua, Mexico
June 10, 2013

Upcoming Events

Sep. 24: Wilson Awards Dinner Honoring President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia

Oct. 15: Taxation and Equality in Mexico in Mexico City

Oct. 30: What Happens When Governments Negotiate with Criminal Organizations? An Analysis of Latin America’s Experience

New Publications

Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century

Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century
Carlos de la Torre and
Cynthia J. Arnson, eds

Sustaining Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century

Sustaining Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century
Katherine Hite
and Mark Ungar, eds.

Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies

Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies
with a new foreward by Cynthia J. Arnson and Abraham F. Lowenthal Guillermo O’Donnell and Philippe C. Schmitter

Mexico & the United States: The Politics of Partnership

Mexico & the United States: The Politics of Partnership
Peter Smith and
Andrew Selee, eds.

Seguridad Y Populismo Punitivo en América Latina

Seguridad Y Populismo Punitivo en América Latina
Carlos Basombrío Iglesias and Lucía Dammert

Opciones Para Mejorar La Seguridad Ciudadana y Responder a La Violencia Juvenil en Centro América

Opciones Para Mejorar La Seguridad Ciudadana y Responder a La Violencia Juvenil en Centro América
Carlos Basombrío Iglesias, Verónica Colón-Rosario, Christine Zaino, and Cynthia J. Arnson

Seguridad Democrática: De Las Propuestas a la Implementación de Políticas Públicas

Seguridad Democrática: De Las Propuestas a la Implementación de Políticas Públicas
Lucía Dammert

The Effects of Drug-War Related Violence on Mexico’s Press and Democracy

The Effects of Drug-War Related Violence on Mexico’s Press and Democracy
Emily Edmonds-Poli

La Diáspora Criminal: La Difusión Transnacional del Crimen Organizado y Cómo Contener su Expansión

La Diáspora Criminal: La Difusión Transnacional del Crimen Organizado y Cómo Contener su Expansión
Juan Carlos Garzón, Gema Santamaría, Daniel Rico, and Marianna Olinger

U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Guatemala and Mexico

U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Guatemala and Mexico
Colby Goodman

Criminal Procedure Reform in Mexico: Where Things Stand Now

Criminal Procedure Reform in Mexico: Where Things Stand Now
Matthew C. Ingram

The State of the Border Report: A Comprehensive Analysis of the 
U.S.-Mexico Border

The State of the Border Report: A Comprehensive Analysis of the
U.S.-Mexico Border

Erik Lee and Christopher Wilson, eds.

Mexico Matters: Change in Mexico and Its Impact Upon the United States

Mexico Matters: Change in Mexico and Its Impact Upon the United States
Luis Rubio

Report on Second Brazilian Congressional Study Mission on Innovation

Report on Second Brazilian Congressional Study Mission on Innovation
Paulo Sotero

Tax Reform in Latin America: A Long-Term Assessment

Tax Reform in Latin America: A Long-Term Assessment
Vito Tanzi

Foreign Policy & International Relations

Report Launch

Report Launch: New Ideas for a New Era: Policy Options for the Next Stage in U.S.-Mexico Relations

On the same day that President Obama began his trip to Latin America, the authors of the Mexico Institute’s new policy report presented their recommendations for strengthening U.S.-Mexico relations. Read more...

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Citizen Security

The Transnational Nature of Organized Crime

The Transnational Nature of Organized Crime in the Americas

The Wilson Center’s Latin American Program presented the findings of a two-year research project on the growing international linkages between criminal organizations and what steps can and are being taken to combat this transnational threat. Read more...

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Development and Innovation

Study on Mission Innovation

Third Brazilian Congressional Study Mission on Innovation, California

In their third annual study mission on innovation, the Brazil Institute, in partnership with the Institute of the Americas in San Diego, brought congressional representatives from Brazil to meet with experts in California to promote the understanding of innovation policies and best practices. Read more...

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Trade and Economics

Trans-Pacific Partnership

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: New Rules for a New Era

Featuring the Honorable Robert Zoellick – former president of the World Bank, former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State, and former U.S. Trade Representative – and expert panelists, the event highlighted the ways in which the TPP fits into other regional trade agreements and what it will take for a successful negotiation. Read more...

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Democractic Governance

Transnational Justice

Transitional Justice in Colombia’s Peace Process

With the support of NOREF and Fundación AlvarAlice, the Latin American Program brought together two panels of experts on transitional justice and what it means for Colombia in the context of the peace talks between the government and the FARC guerillas. Read more...

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Border Security and Migration

Thinkng Regionally

Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: A New View of Human Capital for the U.S., Mexico and Central America

Just days after President Obama sat down with Mexican and Central American leaders to discuss economic growth, citizen security, and migration — the Regional Migration Study Group issued a final report outlining its findings and offering recommendations to policymakers and civil society in the region. Read more...

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Environment and Energy

The GEF: Looking Forward

The GEF Looking Forward

The GEF (Global Environmental Facility) is the largest funder of projects in developing countries to protect the global environment. Part of the “Managing the Planet” series, this event explores the GEF’s assistance to countries addressing biodiversity and climate change related challenges. Co-sponsors: Environmental Change and Security Program Read more...

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Op-Eds & Media Highlights

Read more about our staff, scholars, and afffilates' major media appearances:

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Publications

Mr. Jorge R. Peschiera, the government official in change of Peru's debt negotiations in the 1990s has taken issue with the statements regarding those negotiations and his own role in them as described in the book Corrupt Circles by Mr. Alfonso Quiroz. You can read more about Mr. Peschiera's objections and comments by the books author by clicking here.

Books

Carlos de la Torre and Cynthia Arnson, eds., Latin American Populism in the Twenty-First Century, Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Katherine Hite and Mark Ungar, eds., Sustaining Human Rights in the Twenty-First Century, Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013.

Guillermo O’Donnell and Philippe C. Schmitter, Transitions from Authoritarian Rule: Tentative Conclusions about Uncertain Democracies, with a new forward by Cynthia J. Arnson and Abraham F. Lowenthal, Johns Hopkins University Press, new edition 2013.

Peter Smith and Andrew Selee, eds. Mexico & the United States: The Politics of Partnership. Wilson Center Press and Lynne Rienner, 2013.

Congressional Testimony

Eric Olson, “Regional Security Cooperation: An Examination of the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI) and the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative (CBSI), House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. Wednesday, June 19, 2013.

Duncan Wood, "Security Cooperation in Mexico: Examining the Next Steps in the U.S.-Mexico Security Relationship," U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere and Global Narcotics Affairs. Tuesday, June 18, 2013).

Duncan Wood, “The Importance of Ratifying the Trans-boundary Hydrocarbons Agreement,” Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Energy Security: Enhancing Partnerships with Mexico and Canada, Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the Committee on Foreign Affairs, House of Representatives. March 14, 2013.

Reports, Bulletins & Book Chapters

Carlos Basombrío Iglesias and Lucía Dammert, “Seguridad Y Populismo Punitivo en America Latina,” March 2013.

Carlos Basombrío Iglesias and Lucía Dammert, "Changing the Approach to Crime and Violence in Latin America,” March 2013.

Carlos Basombrío Iglesias, Verónica Colón-Rosario, Christine Zaino, and Cynthia J. Arnson “Opciones Para Mejorar La Seguridad Ciudadana y Responder a La Violencia Juvenil en Centro América,” March 2013.

Lucía Dammert, “Seguridad Democrática: De Las Propuestas a la Implementación de Políticas Públicas,” March 2013.

Emily Edmonds-Poli, “The Effects of Drug-War Related Violence on Mexico’s Press and Democracy,” April 2013.

Juan Carlos Garzón, Gema Santamaría, Daniel Rico, and Marianna Olinger, La Diáspora Criminal: La Difusión Transnacional del Crimen Organizado y Cómo Contener su Expansión, Wilson Center. 2013.

Colby Goodman, “U.S. Firearms Trafficking to Guatemala and Mexico,” April 2013.

Matthew C. Ingram, “Criminal Procedure Reform in Mexico: Where Things Stand Now,” 2013.

Erik Lee and Christopher Wilson, eds., The State of the Border Report: A Comprehensive Analysis of the U.S.-Mexico Border, Mexico Institute, El Colegio de la Frontra Norte, and Arizona State University, May 2013.

Luis Rubio, Mexico Matters: Change in Mexico and Its Impact Upon the United States, Mexico Institute, 2013.

Paulo Sotero, “Brazil’s Measured Rise: Year in Review 2012,” Encyclopedia Britannica, February 1, 2013.

Paulo Sotero, ed., “Could the Brazil-Turkey Mediation on Iran Have Resulted in a Better Outcome?” Winter 2013.

Paulo Sotero, ed., “Report on the Brazil-United States Judicial Dialogue,” Winter 2013.

Paulo Sotero, ed., “Report on Second Brazilian Congressional Study Mission on Innovation,” Spring 2013.

Vito Tanzi, “Tax Reform In Latin America: A Long-Term Assessment,” May 2013.

Christopher Wilson, “Toward Regional Competitiveness Agenda: U.S.–Mexico Trade and Investments: How trade and investments are strategic drives of the U.S.-Mexico relationship,” in Diana Villiers Negroponte, ed. The End of Nostalgia: Mexico Confronts the Challenges of Global Competition. Brookings Institution Press, June 2013.

Duncan Wood, “Energy Challenges for the Pena Nieto Administration – An examination of the serious decline in petroleum reserves in Mexico,” in Diana Villiers Negroponte, ed. The End of Nostalgia: Mexico Confronts the Challenges of Global Competition. Brookings Institution Press, June 2013.

Reports, Bulletins & Book Chapters

Demetrios G. Papademetriou, Doris Meissner, and Eleanor Sohnen, Thinking Regionally to Compete Globally: Leveraging Migration & Human Capital in the U.S., Mexico, and Central America, Final Report of the Regional Migration Study Group, Woodrow Wilson Center and Migration Policy Institute, May 2013.

The research papers in the series are available here.

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Forthcoming Publications

Reports & Bulletins

Cynthia Arnson and Paulo Sotero, “Brazil and South America” Wilson Center. Forthcoming 2013.

Raúl Benítez Manaut, María Victoria Llorente, Jeremy McDermott, John Bailey, and Marta Lucía Ramírez. "One Goal, Two Struggles: Confronting Crime and Violence in Mexico and Colombia." Wilson Center. Forthcoming 2013.

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Fellows, Public Policy Scholars & Visiting Experts

Fellows

The Latin American Program is pleased to welcome the following Wilson Center Fellows for the 2013 – 2014 academic year:

  • Donny Meertens, Associate Professor, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia. “Women’s Access to Land under Colombia’s Victims Law: Practice and Theory of Transitional Justice, Gender, and Development.”
  • Allison Brysk, Mellichamp Chair in Global Governance, Global and International Studies Program, University of California, Santa Barbara. ”Women’s Rights as Human Rights: Constructing Political Will.”
  • Maria Cristina Garcia, Howard A. Newman Professor of American Studies, Department of History, Cornell University. “Refuge in Post-Cold War America.”

We also bid farewell to our 2012-2013 Fellows:

  • Jeffery Paige, University of Michigan
  • Steven Dudley, InSight Crime
  • Laura Gómez-Mera, University of Miami
  • Gail Triner, Rutgers University

Public Policy Scholars and Visiting Experts

The Latin American Program is pleased to host three Public Policy Scholars and Visiting Experts during Summer 2013:

  • Richard Feinberg, Professor of International Political Economy, University of California, San Diego, focuses on two particular issues: Asia-Latin America trade relations and Cuban economic reforms.
  • Juan Carlos Garzón, Visiting Expert at the Wilson Center and a researcher for the United Nations Development Programme’s “Human Development Report for Latin America 2013.” He has previously been a consultant for the Latin American Program.
  • Miguel Angel Jiménez, Ph.D. London School of Economics. “Labour Markets Integration within NAPP.” (Wilson Center –COMEXI Scholar) (Program Affiliation: Mexico Institute) (July 8, 2013 – August 30, 2013)

Don Eugenio Garza Lagüera Scholars

Cooperatively organized by Georgetown University, Monterrey Tec, and the Wilson Center, this program brings professors and doctoral students from Monterrey Tec's Graduate School of Administration (EGAP) to Washington, DC for a month each year. During their stay in Washington, the scholars conduct research at Georgetown University and participate in Wilson Center activities. The program is named in honor of the memory of Eugenio Garza Lagüera, longtime Chairman of the Board of Monterrey Tec and Chairman and CEO of FEMSA, who received the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Social Responsibility in 2008. More →

  • Dr. René Cabral Torres, Associate Professor, EGAP
  • Dr. Eduardo Rodríguez-Oreggia, Director, Doctorate in Public Policy EGAP, EdoMex
  • Soledad García Ayala, Ph.D. Candidate
  • Franco Jair González Quiroga, Ph.D. Candidate
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Staff Notes

Interns

The Latin American Program, Mexico Institute, and Brazil Institute thank our Summer 2013 interns for their hard work:

  • Rita Kerbaj, Mt. Holyoke University
  • Arjun Chaudhuri, University of St. Andrews
  • Carolina Cardenas, Tufts University
  • José Gerardo Silva Elizalde, University of Chicago

We also thank our Spring 2013 interns for their help and support:

  • Gabriel Hurst, Georgetown University
  • Pedro Ramirez, University of Southern California
  • Ashley García, Georgetown University
  • Christopher Martin, University of Colorado
  • José Gerardo Silva Elizalde, University of Chicago
  • Michael Dantas, University of Brasília
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