Cindy Arnson, Director for the Latin American Program, joined a panel of experts in testifying before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere on challenges to democracy in the Western Hemisphere.

Watch the live webcast below:


Chairman Salmon on the hearing:

"A liberalized economic system where citizens are empowered to innovate, pursue their dreams, and decide how best to provide for their families is the best recipe for strengthening democratic institutions and the rule of law in the Western Hemisphere. This hearing will explore how and why we have seen an erosion of this democracy in Latin American countries such as Venezuela, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Bolivia and Argentina.  We will be honored to hear from former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe and our panel of expert witnesses, who are uniquely qualified to discuss the state of democracy in our hemisphere and what can be done to encourage the opening of markets and opportunity and expansion of democratic principles." 

Panel I

Mr. Álvaro Uribe Vélez 
Senior Fellow
Bipartisan Policy Center
(Former President of the Republic of Colombia)

Panel II

Hector E. Schamis, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor
Center for Latin American Studies
Georgetown University

Mr. Carlos Lauría
Senior Coordinator
Americas Program
Committee to Protect Journalists

Cynthia J. Arnson, Ph.D.
Latin America Program
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars