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Ecuador and Bolivia have produced the two most powerful indigenous movements in Latin America and—along with Venezuela—two of the region’s three self-described “socialist revolutions” of the twenty-first century. Indigenous movements in both countries have mobilized millions through the development of powerful discourses of social transformation and images of utopian futures that challenge fundamental assumptions of Western modernity.

University of Michigan Professor of Sociology Jeffery Paige, a current Wilson Center Fellow, discussed his comparative study of the discourse of indigenous revolution in Bolivia and Ecuador, based on interviews with indigenous leaders in both countries. The panel also featured Ecuadoran expert Carmen Martínez, Director of the Latin American Studies Program at University of Kentucky, and Bolivia expert Kevin Healy, Bolivia Representative at the Inter-American Foundation.