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.

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A Conversation with Admiral Winnenfeld

Speakers James Winnefeld Jr.Joint Chiefs of Staff, James Winnefeld Jr.Joint Chiefs of Staff
Presiders Shannon K. O'NeilCouncil on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'NeilCouncil on Foreign Relations
May 26, 2011

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Regionalism in the Western Hemisphere

Speakers Josette AltmanFLASCO, Costa Rica, Joel D. HirstCouncil on Foreign Relations, Josette AltmanFLASCO, Costa Rica, Joel D. HirstCouncil on Foreign Relations
Presiders Shannon K. O'NeilCouncil on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'NeilCouncil on Foreign Relations
March 10, 2011

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The State of Democracy in the Andes

Speakers George Gray MolinaOxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, Princeton University, Alberto VollmerCEO and Chairman, Ron Santa Teresa, George Gray MolinaOxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, Princeton University, Alberto VollmerCEO and Chairman, Ron Santa Teresa
Presiders Shannon K. O'NeilDouglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'NeilDouglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 25, 2010

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

Speakers Luis Alberto MorenoPresident, Inter-American Development Bank, Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Jeffrey DavidowWhite House Adviser for the Summit of the Americas, David RothkopfPresident and CEO, Garten Rothkopf, Jeffrey DavidowWhite House Adviser for the Summit of the Americas, Luis Alberto MorenoPresident, Inter-American Development Bank, David RothkopfPresident and CEO, Garten Rothkopf, Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 9, 2009 8:00–8:30 a.m. - Breakfast Reception
8:30–9:30 a.m. - Meeting

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The Security Situation in Mexico

Speakers Roberta JacksonU.S. Department of State, Roberta JacksonU.S. Department of State
Presiders Adrean Scheid RothkopfU.S. Chamber of Commerce, Shannon K. O'NeilCouncil on Foreign Relations, Adrean Scheid RothkopfU.S. Chamber of Commerce, Shannon K. O'NeilCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 2, 2009

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

Speakers Julio Frenk MoraHarvard School of Public Health, Julio Frenk MoraHarvard School of Public Health
Presiders Laurie GarrettCouncil on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'NeilCouncil on Foreign Relations, Laurie GarrettCouncil on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'NeilCouncil on Foreign Relations
February 26, 2009

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Foreign Policy Inbox: U.S.-Mexico Relations

Speakers Barry R. McCaffreyPresident, BR McCaffrey Associates LLC; Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, United States Military Academy; Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (1996-2001), Shannon K. O'NeilDouglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Barry R. McCaffreyPresident, BR McCaffrey Associates LLC; Adjunct Professor of International Affairs, United States Military Academy; Director, Office of National Drug Control Policy (1996-2001), Shannon K. O'NeilDouglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Presiders Scott MalcomsonForeign Editor, The New York Times Magazine, Scott MalcomsonForeign Editor, The New York Times Magazine
February 20, 2009 12:30–1:00 p.m. - Lunch Buffet
1:00–2:00 p.m. - Meeting

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Cuba: An Author's Roundtable

Speakers Tom GjeltenNational Public Radio, Peter KornbluhNational Security Archives, Daniel P. EriksonInter-American Dialogue, Tom GjeltenNational Public Radio, Peter KornbluhNational Security Archives, Daniel P. EriksonInter-American Dialogue
Presiders Julia E. SweigCouncil on Foreign Relations, Julia E. SweigCouncil on Foreign Relations
December 15, 2008

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

Speakers Soraya M. Castro MarinoCenter for the Study of the United States, Soraya M. Castro MarinoCenter for the Study of the United States
Presiders Julia E. SweigCouncil on Foreign Relations, Julia E. SweigCouncil on Foreign Relations
November 24, 2008

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

Speakers Adolfo CarriónPresident, Borough of the Bronx; President, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Adolfo CarriónPresident, Borough of the Bronx; President, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
Presiders Shannon K. O'NeilDouglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'NeilDouglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 3, 2008

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Central America: What Does the Region Need to Thrive?

Speakers Fernando CarreraCentral American Institute for Fiscal Studies, Kevin Casas-ZamoraThe Brookings Institution, Fernando CarreraCentral American Institute for Fiscal Studies, Kevin Casas-ZamoraThe Brookings Institution
Presiders Julia E. SweigCouncil on Foreign Relations, Julia E. SweigCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 7, 2008

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Public Security and Competitiveness in Latin America

Speakers Diane DavisProfessor of Political Sociology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Daniel LedermanSenior Economist, World Bank Group, Dafna TapieroManager, CommDev, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group, Diane DavisProfessor of Political Sociology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Daniel LedermanSenior Economist, World Bank Group, Dafna TapieroManager, CommDev, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group
Presiders Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
June 24, 2008

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Education, Competitiveness, and Democracy in Latin America

Speakers Antonio MaderoChairman and Chief Executive Officer, SanLuis Corporation, Fernando ReimersDirector of Global Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cecilia María Vélez WhiteMinister of Education, Government of Colombia, Antonio MaderoChairman and Chief Executive Officer, SanLuis Corporation, Fernando ReimersDirector of Global Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cecilia María Vélez WhiteMinister of Education, Government of Colombia
Presiders Shannon K. O'NeilFellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'NeilFellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
June 9, 2008

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

Speakers Daniel GustafsonDirector, Liason Office, Washington, DC, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Sandra PolaskiSenior Associate and Director, Trade, Equity, and Development Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Maximo ToreroDivision Director, Markets, Trade, and Institutions, International Food Policy Institute, Daniel GustafsonDirector, Liason Office, Washington, DC, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Sandra PolaskiSenior Associate and Director, Trade, Equity, and Development Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Maximo ToreroDivision Director, Markets, Trade, and Institutions, International Food Policy Institute
Presiders Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
June 2, 2008

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Dinner with Evo Morales

Speakers Evo MoralesPresident of the Republic of Bolivia, Evo MoralesPresident of the Republic of Bolivia
Presiders Shannon K. O'NeilDouglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'NeilDouglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
April 21, 2008

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Competitiveness and Democracy in Latin America: Author Roundtable

Speakers John PricePresident, InfoAmericas, Inc., Michael ReidAmericas Editor, The Economist, John PricePresident, InfoAmericas, Inc., Michael ReidAmericas Editor, The Economist
Presiders Shannon K. O'NeilFellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'NeilFellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
January 31, 2008

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Economic Integration and Prosperity in the Americas

Speakers Thomas Shannon Jr.Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Daniel SullivanAssistant Secretary; Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Thomas Shannon Jr.Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Daniel SullivanAssistant Secretary; Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
Presiders Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 16, 2007

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

Speakers Andrew KohutDirector, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Paulo SoteroDirector, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Steven R. WeismanChief International Economics Correspondent, The New York Times, Andrew KohutDirector, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Paulo SoteroDirector, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Steven R. WeismanChief International Economics Correspondent, The New York Times
Presiders Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations, Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations
November 5, 2007

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