Education

Urban Violence: Building Safe and Inclusive Cities in Latin America

Join us for a panel discussion on policy options for building safe and inclusive cities in Latin America based on recent field research conducted in several major urban areas in the region.

Welcoming Remarks:

Cynthia J. Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson Center

Introduction:

Eric Hershberg, Director, Center for Latin American and Latino Studies, American University

Panelists:

Putin’s Grudging Perestroika

There is a widespread view in the West that Russia’s aggressive actions in Ukraine and confrontational policies toward the United States and Europe are an attempt to revitalize aspects of its lost Soviet glory days. But if we look at some of the Kremlin’s domestic policy initiatives, we see a country struggling to become less “Soviet” in its actions and reform its decrepit institutions before it’s too late.

Who’s Afraid of the Fact-Checker?

The practice of fact-checking politicians’ claims has grown from its initial use by a small group of American journalists to an international movement in journalism with new fact-checking ventures emerging in countries around the globe. Why has fact-checking become such an important part of journalism? How do politicians react to being corrected? How effective are fact-checkers in holding power to account?

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Banning “Western Values” in China

China's Education Minister, Yuan Guiren, has been speaking out about the threat of Western values and ideas on China’s college campuses. He said, “Young teachers and students are key targets of infiltration by enemy forces,” and added that “some countries,” fearful of China’s rise, “have stepped up infiltration in more discreet and diverse ways.” Can the government’s latest attempts to tighten controls over China’s intellectual discourse succeed? That’s the focus of this edition of  Wilson Center NOW.

Inequality in a Lower Growth Latin America

As noted in the October 2014 LAC report, Inequality in a Lower Growth Latin America, a recent period of high growth in Latin America brought significant poverty reduction and declining income inequality throughout the region. However, since 2012, regional growth has decelerated significantly: it is estimated to have been a mere 1.2 percent for 2014, much less than the 4-5 percent growth rates witnessed during the commodities boom.

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