Globalization and Democracy in Latin America Roundtable Series

Director: Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies
July 1, 2007 - June 30, 2011

Despite substantial structural reforms and market opening, Latin America continues to lag behind other developing regions. Trade and economic growth trail far behind both East and South Asia. Value-added and high technology exports remain minimal. Economic inequality rivals even the most troubled African nations, leaving the vast majority of the population without the resources to successfully integrate into an increasingly global marketplace. Limited opportunities at home are driving migratory flows north, changing the economies, societies and polities of both the sending Latin American countries and the main receiving country, the United States. Politically, the narrow gains from globalization are placing democracy at risk. The recent electoral prominence of outsider, populist, and even authoritarian candidates reflects the growing apathy and distrust of citizens, due in large part to the economic exclusion of Latin America's majorities from the benefits of globalization.

The Globalization and Democracy Roundtable Series will look broadly at the issues facing Latin American and U.S. policymakers. Drawing on the experience of practitioners and experts from the public sector, academia, and the private sector, it will systematically examine a range of related issues, including the state of Latin America's social contract, the rule of law, the informal sector, the digital divide, physical infrastructure and human capacity building, taxation and governments' revenue stream, poverty and inequality, the potential for public-private partnerships, and the potential for energy resources to redress social exclusion.

This series is made possible by the generous support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Ford Foundation.

Meetings

A Conversation with Admiral Winnenfeld

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Regionalism in the Western Hemisphere

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The State of Democracy in the Andes

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Perspectives on the Fifth Summit of the Americas: Cooperation on Development, Energy, and the Environment

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The Security Situation in Mexico

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Closing the Gaps in Latin America in a Time of World Crisis

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Foreign Policy Inbox: U.S.-Mexico Relations

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Cuba: An Author's Roundtable

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U.S.-Cuban Relations: A Conversation with Soraya Castro Marino

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The Growing Latino Demographic: The Effect on U.S. Politics and Policy

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Central America: What Does the Region Need to Thrive?

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Public Security and Competitiveness in Latin America

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Education, Competitiveness, and Democracy in Latin America

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Trade and Agriculture: The Consequences of Trade Liberalization for Food and Jobs in Latin America

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Dinner with Evo Morales

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Competitiveness and Democracy in Latin America: Author Roundtable

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Economic Integration and Prosperity in the Americas

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Globalization and Trade: Comparing Public Attitudes in Latin America and Asia

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