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

Roundtable Meeting

A Conversation with Admiral Winnenfeld

Speaker:

James Winnefeld Jr., Joint Chiefs of Staff

Presider:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations
May 26, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

Regionalism in the Western Hemisphere

Speakers:

Josette Altman, FLASCO, Costa Rica, Joel D. Hirst, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations
March 10, 2011

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Roundtable Meeting

The State of Democracy in the Andes

Speakers:

George Gray Molina, Oxford-Princeton Global Leaders Fellow, Princeton University, Alberto Vollmer, CEO and Chairman, Ron Santa Teresa

Presider:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 25, 2010

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General Meeting ⁄ Washington

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

Speakers:

Jeffrey Davidow, White House Adviser for the Summit of the Americas, Luis Alberto Moreno, President, Inter-American Development Bank, David Rothkopf, President and CEO, Garten Rothkopf, Julia E. Sweig, Nelson 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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Roundtable Meeting

The Security Situation in Mexico

Speaker:

Roberta Jackson, U.S. Department of State

Presiders:

Adrean Scheid Rothkopf, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations
April 2, 2009

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Roundtable Meeting

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

Speaker:

Julio Frenk Mora, Harvard School of Public Health

Presiders:

Laurie Garrett, Council on Foreign Relations, Shannon K. O'Neil, Council on Foreign Relations
February 26, 2009

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General Meeting ⁄ New York

Foreign Policy Inbox: U.S.-Mexico Relations

Speakers:

Barry R. McCaffrey, President, 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'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Presider:

Scott Malcomson, Foreign 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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Roundtable Meeting

Cuba: An Author's Roundtable

Speakers:

Tom Gjelten, National Public Radio, Peter Kornbluh, National Security Archives, Daniel P. Erikson, Inter-American Dialogue

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations
December 15, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

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

Speaker:

Soraya M. Castro Marino, Center for the Study of the United States

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations
November 24, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

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

Speaker:

Adolfo Carrión, President, Borough of the Bronx; President, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials

Presider:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 3, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

Central America: What Does the Region Need to Thrive?

Speakers:

Fernando Carrera, Central American Institute for Fiscal Studies, Kevin Casas-Zamora, The Brookings Institution

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations
October 7, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

Public Security and Competitiveness in Latin America

Speakers:

Diane Davis, Professor of Political Sociology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Daniel Lederman, Senior Economist, World Bank Group, Dafna Tapiero, Manager, CommDev, International Finance Corporation, World Bank Group

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Nelson 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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Roundtable Meeting

Education, Competitiveness, and Democracy in Latin America

Presider:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

Antonio Madero, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, SanLuis Corporation, Fernando Reimers, Director of Global Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Cecilia María Vélez White, Minister of Education, Government of Colombia
June 9, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

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

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

Daniel Gustafson, Director, Liason Office, Washington, DC, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Sandra Polaski, Senior Associate and Director, Trade, Equity, and Development Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Maximo Torero, Division Director, Markets, Trade, and Institutions, International Food Policy Institute
June 2, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

Dinner with Evo Morales

Speaker:

Evo Morales, President of the Republic of Bolivia

Presiders:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Douglas Dillon Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Julia E. Sweig, Nelson 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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Roundtable Meeting

Competitiveness and Democracy in Latin America: Author Roundtable

Presider:

Shannon K. O'Neil, Fellow for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

John Price, President, InfoAmericas, Inc., Michael Reid, Americas Editor, The Economist
January 31, 2008

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Roundtable Meeting

Economic Integration and Prosperity in the Americas

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

Thomas Shannon Jr., Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, U.S. Department of State, Daniel Sullivan, Assistant Secretary; Economic, Energy, and Business Affairs, U.S. Department of State
November 16, 2007

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Roundtable Meeting

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

Presider:

Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Council on Foreign Relations

Speakers:

Andrew Kohut, Director, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press, Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Steven R. Weisman, Chief International Economics Correspondent, The New York Times
November 5, 2007

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