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Two The Point Podcast

Two the Point is a biweekly podcast led by host Benjamin Gedan, Deputy Director of the Latin American Program and former South America Director of the National Security Council at the White House. Each episode features leading analysts, scholars, business leaders, and public servants who provide informed and insightful updates on the critical social, political and economic developments in Latin America.

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Panama’s Pandemic Diplomacy: A Conversation with Foreign Minister Erika Mouynes

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Erika Mouynes, Panama’s foreign minister, to discuss challenges including climate change, migration from Colombia and navigating tensions between the United States and China, Panama’s most critical economic partners.

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Pandemic Recovery in Latin America: From Vaccine Access to the Digital Divide

Cynthia Arnson, the Latin American Program Director, is joined by Luis Felipe López-Calva, UN Assistant Secretary General and UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, to discuss the pre-existing structural inequalities exacerbated by COVID-19 and the need to address these underlying issues to secure region-wide recovery.

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Chile’s Foreign Policy Priorities: A Conversation with Foreign Minister Andrés Allamand

Cynthia Arnson, the Latin American Program Director, hosts Andrés Allamand, the Foreign Minister of Chile, to discuss what the region expect from the Biden administration, the prospects for a peaceful democratic transition in Venezuela, and the forthcoming election to select the members of the Constitutional Convention that will draft Chile’s new constitution.

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A Tale of Two Coups

Former U.S. Ambassador to Honduras Hugo Llorens joins host Benjamin Gedan to analyze the parallels between the 2009 coup in Honduras and the recent coup d’état in Myanmar, which has presented the first foreign policy challenge for the Biden administration. Ambassador Llorens, who served in Tegucigalpa during the coup and its aftermath, discusses the lessons we might learn from the U.S. response to the Honduras political crisis, which occurred early in the Obama presidency.

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Northbound

Cynthia Arnson, the Latin American Program Director, hosts Ricardo Zúñiga, Senior Diplomatic Fellow and the Brazil Institute Interim Director at the Wilson Center, to discuss the complex push and pull factors that drive Central Americans to migrate to the United States, the first migrant caravans of 2021, and the Biden administration’s plans for Central America.

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Que Sea Ley

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Daniel Politi, a contributor to The New York Times based in Buenos Aires, to discuss Argentina’s historic vote in December legalizing abortion, how pro-choice campaigners pulled it off just two years after lawmakers rejected similar legislation and whether activists can replicate their success elsewhere in the region.

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Nicolás Saldías, a Latin America analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, to discuss the legacy of the late former president of Uruguay Tabaré Vázquez and how a mild mannered doctor quietly transformed Uruguayan politics. Read “Farewell to an Unassuming Star of Latin America’s Left” by Nicolás Saldías: https://www.americasquarterly.org/article/farewell-to-an-unassuming-star-of-latin-americas-left/

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Populists in the Kitchen

In this special episode of “Two the Point,” Lucio Castro, a Wilson Center Global Fellow, hosts Andrés Velasco, Dean of the School of Public Policy at the London School of Economics and Political Science and a former Finance Minister in Chile, to discuss education, inequality, and populism in post-pandemic Latin America.

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THE ROLE OF SOCIAL POLICY IN LATIN AMERICA’S POST-PANDEMIC ECONOMIC RECOVERY

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In this special episode of “Two the Point,” Lucio Castro, a Wilson Center global fellow, hosts Nora Lustig, professor of Latin American economics and founding director of Tulane University’s Commitment to Equity Institute, to discuss the role of social policy in Latin America’s post-pandemic economic recovery and in mitigating increasing poverty.

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Dangerous Waters

In this special episode of “Two the Point,” Lucio Castro, a Wilson Center global fellow, hosts Piero Ghezzi, an economist and former production minister of Peru, to discuss Latin America’s post-pandemic growth challenges and the chronic struggle in Peru to address labor informality.

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The Lithium Triangle

In this episode of “Two the Point,” host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Patricia Vásquez, an independent energy expert and author of a new Latin American Program report, “The Lithium Triangle: The Case for Post-Pandemic Optimism,” to discuss the development opportunities and challenges for South America’s strategic lithium sector.

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Mafalda and my Dad

In this episode of “Two The Point,” the Wilson Center’s Beatriz García Nice remembers the influence of “Quino,” the late Argentine cartoonist, and his beloved character Mafalda, on the Spanish-speaking world, and on her family.

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Inside Lenín Moreno’s Government

Inside Lenín Moreno’s Government

Cynthia Arnson, the Latin American Program Director, hosts Juan Sebastián Roldán, Ecuador’s Chief of Staff, to discuss the country’s recent agreement with the IMF, the role of the Galápagos Islands in economic development, and President Lenín Moreno’s democratic reforms.

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Disappearing Act

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by María Baron, Global Executive Director at Fundación Directorio Legislativo, to discuss the disappearing act by Latin America’s legislatures during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Grounded

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Peter Cerda, regional director for the Americas at the International Air Transport Association, to discuss the catastrophic impacts of COVID-19 on Latin America’s airlines, the responses by governments and the future of air travel in this region.

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Contagion

Host Benjamin Gedan speaks with Anya Prusa, senior associate at the Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute, about Brazil’s COVID-19 crisis and its spillovers on neighboring countries.

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Electing Uncertainty

Electing Uncertainty

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Daniel Zovatto, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, to discuss how the coronavirus has impacted and could continue to impact elections, democracy and civil liberties across Latin America.

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Al Compás de un Tango Indio

Cynthia Arnson, the Latin American Program Director, hosts Hari Seshasayee, one of India’s foremost analysts of Latin America, to discuss India’s increasing exports to the region, India’s interest in Latin America’s Lithium Triangle, and the significance of China in India’s relationship with the region.

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Update Venezuela: Maduro Tightens His Grip

Cynthia Arnson, the Latin American Program Director, hosts Wilson Center’s Global Fellow and IESA Professor Michael Penfold to discuss Venezuela’s authoritarian crisis and the U.S. policy response.

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Al Otro Lado del Río (de la Plata)

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Ernesto Talvi, foreign minister of Uruguay and former presidential candidate, to discuss Uruguay's approach to the Venezuela crisis, its relationship with Argentina and the future of Mercosur.

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Todos en Casa

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Ernesto Talvi, foreign minister of Uruguay and former presidential candidate, to discuss Uruguay's success containing COVID-19, and Uruguay's "Todos en Casa" operation to repatriate Uruguayans stranded abroad by the virus's outbreak.

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From Taipei with Love

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Shihoko Goto, deputy director for geoeconomics and senior associate for Northeast Asia in the Wilson Center's Asia Program, who discusses Taiwan's COVID-19 pandemic response in Latin America.

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Mask Diplomacy

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Margaret Myers, director of the Asia & Latin America Program at the Inter-American Dialogue, who shares insights on perceptions of China’s coronavirus assistance to Latin America, and the implications for U.S.-China competition.

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Frying Pan to the Fire

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Alex Schober, DuckerFrontier’s senior analyst for Latin America, to discuss the coronavirus's economic consequences.

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Don't Pass the Mate

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Nicolás Saldías, the Argentina Project’s senior researcher in the Wilson Center's Latin American Program, who shares on-the-ground insights on how the coronavirus is affecting life and the economy in Uruguay.

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Uruguay’s Uphill Battle

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Todd Martinez, Fitch Ratings’ lead Uruguay analyst, to discuss Uruguay’s new government and the economic difficulties it inherited.

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AMLO’s Teflon Approval Ratings

Host Benjamin Gedan is joined by Duncan Wood, director of the Wilson Center’s Mexico Institute, to discuss AMLO's high approval ratings, despite struggles with crime and economic malaise.

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