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Ricardo Lagos, Former President of Chile

The Latin American Program joined with the Inter-American Dialogue to sponsor an informal conversation with former President of Chile Ricardo Lagos on March 9. Lagos's comments focused on Latin American views of the United States and of Obama administration policy, and on the need for global cooperation and dialogue to solve issues such as climate change.

Key Issues

Chile's Presidential Elections: A Report from the Field

In the fifth presidential election since Chile's 1990 democratic transition, former businessman and leader of the moderate right, Sebastián Piñera of the Alianza por Chile (Alliance for Chile), defeated the center-left Concertación in the second round of presidential elections held on January 17, 2010.

Governance and Democratic Politics in Honduras

On December 8, 2009, the Latin American Program hosted a public forum "Governance and Democratic Politics in Honduras." The event sought to examine the status of democratic governance in Honduras in light of the June 28 coup d'état, November presidential elections, and prospects for reconciliation in the post-electoral period. The meeting was hosted by José Raúl Perales, Senior Program Associate in LAP, and featured presentations by Amb.

Populism of the 21st Century<br>

On October 8, 2009, the Latin American Program convened a distinguished group of Latin American, U.S., and European scholars to discuss the revival of populism in 21st century Latin America and its consequences for the future of democratic governance in the region.

La inserci&#243;n econ&#243;mica internacional de Uruguay

This seminar on the political economy of Uruguay's international economic relations focused on Uruguay's policy choices in light of the global economic crisis and upcoming presidential elections, in one of Latin America's most stable democracies.

Latin America and the Caribbean: Economic Challenges and Opportunities in a Time of Crisis

Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), described the devastating effects of the global financial crisis in Latin America, at the same time pointing out opportunities to re-think the role of the state in development and craft a new fiscal covenant. She addressed these issues at a September 11, 2009, Director's Forum.

U.S.-Colombian Relations: Moving Forward

At this Director's Forum, Colombian President Álvaro Uribe stated that the country's goal was to inspire "the highest level of confidence" within Colombia and abroad. During a session chaired by Woodrow Wilson Center President and Director Lee H.

Human Rights: Challenges of the Past & Challenges for the Future

This conference celebrated the contributions of Margaret E. Crahan, Director of the Kozmetsky Center, to human rights scholarship and activism over many decades. Panelists agreed that much progress has been made since the democratic transitions of the late 1980s and early ‘90s, but the persistence of discrimination, poverty, and inequality in the region, along with the ongoing search for justice for past violations, indicate that the struggle for human rights and accountability is far from over.