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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.

Date & Time

Sep. 21, 2015
3:00pm – 5:30pm

Location

Organization of American States
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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

 

Speakers

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

                                                            

There will be a reception following the event at Open Society Foundations. To RSVP for the reception, email Ulises Ceja at ulises.ceja@opensocietyfoundations.org.

Learn more about Alerta Democrática at www.alertademocratica.org.

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Latin American Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin American Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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