WHERE: 6th Floor Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Throughout much of Latin America, the “golden years” of economic growth during the last decade’s commodity boom have given way to economic decline or stagnation. At the same time, a mobilized citizenry is demanding better government performance. These two factors have focused unprecedented attention on rule of law deficits and official corruption. Meanwhile, relations among countries of the hemisphere have grown more complex. As much as the region has welcomed the normalization of U.S.-Cuban relations, the options for international insertion now extend far beyond the Western Hemisphere.
1:30-1:45pm: Keynote Remarks
The Honorable Juan Gabriel Valdés, Ambassador of Chile to the United States
1:45-3:15pm: Combatting Corruption and Building the Rule of Law
Alejandro Ponce, World Justice Project
Carlos Fernando Chamorro, Confidencial, Nicaragua
Eduardo Bohórquez, Transparencia Mexicana
Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute, Wilson Center
Daniel Zovatto, IDEA Internacional, Costa Rica
3:15-4:30pm: Hemispheric Relations in Leaner Times: What is the Path Forward?
Ambassador Gil Rishchynski, Ambassador of Canada to the United Nations
Roberto Russell, Universidad Torcuato di Tella, Argentina
Richard Feinberg, University of California, San Diego
Maria Hermínia Tavares de Almeida, Centro Brasileiro de Analise e Planejamento, São Paulo
Cynthia Arnson, Director, Latin American Program, Wilson Center
4:30-5:00pm: Closing Keynote
The Honorable Roberta Jacobson, Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs
*There will be a live webcast of this event.