On September 28, 2017, former President of Brazil Fernando Henrique Cardoso was honored with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, in recognition of his pivotal role in the creation of the Wilson Center’s Latin American Program and the Brazil Institute.
 
Earlier that day, he opened the conference celebrating the Latin American Program's 40th Anniversary with a keynote speech on corruption and politics. The text of Cardoso's speech is available below and the full details of the conference on Latin America's Domestic and International Challenges can be found here.