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The Future of Democracy in Latin America

Latin America’s political future is intimately linked to the ways that individuals and societies conceive of democracy and democratic institutions. Using a unique methodology, 37 leaders from the region developed four different scenarios for the evolution of democracy in the region over the next 15 years. The scenarios—all with different results—take into account a number of common elements: the structures of power, democratic institutions and political culture, citizen participation, economic development and social cohesion, and regional integration.


Opening Remarks

The Honorable Luis Almagro
Secretary-General, Organization of American States

Pedro Abramovay
Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Open Society Foundations



Adam Kahane
Director, Reos Partners

Carlos Hugo Molina
Rector, La Universidad Nacional Ecológica, Bolivia

Jean Wyllys
Deputy, Chamber of Deputies, Brazil

Laura Albornoz Pollmann
University of Chile Law School

Óscar Chacón
Executive Director of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC)

Rossana Fuentes Berain
Founder, Mexico Media Lab S21

Daniel Gonzales
Program Director, Avina

Carlos Hernández
President of the Board of Directors of the Association for a More Just Society, Honduras

María Paula Romo
Political Leader of the Rupture Movement and university professor, Ecuador


Closing Remarks

Cynthia Arnson
Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center


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