Public Policy and Governance

2017 Apr 08

8th Annual FDR Memorial Lecture: Formulating a New Good Neighbor Policy

4:00pm to 5:00pm


Harvard Hall

In 1943, President Roosevelt spoke at Monterrey, Mexico noting Mexico’s contributions of military support and farm laborers to the war effort. “Our two countries,” he stated, “owe their independence to the fact that your ancestors and mine held the same truths to be worth fighting for and dying for… No less important than the military cooperation and the production of supplies needed for the maintenance of our respective economies has been the exchange of those ideas and of those moral values which give life and significance to the tremendous effort of the free peoples of the world.”

2017 Apr 12

El futuro de la izquierda en América Latina



CGIS South, Tsai Auditorium

More details will be forthcoming!

Veronika Mendoza is a Peruvian psychologist, educator, and politician. She was a member of Peru's Congress representing the Cusco region from July 2011 until July 2016. She was the Broad Front candidate for the 2016 Peruvian presidential election.

Moderated by Steven Levitsky, Professor , Department of Government, Harvard University.

Event co-sponsored by the Harvard Peruvian Association of Students 


2017 Apr 05

Venezuela’s Political and Economic Collapse: What’s next? 

12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-050, 1730 Cambridge Street


Michael Penfold, Global Fellow at the Wilson Center in DC and Professor of Political Economy at IESA in Caracas

Javier Corrales, Dwight W. Morrow 1895 professor of Political Science at Amherst College

Francisco J. Monaldi, Fellow in Latin American Energy Policy at the Baker Institute for Public Policy and a Lecturer in Energy Economics at Rice University

Moderator: Miguel Angel Santos is a Senior Research Fellow at the Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University

2017 Apr 13

Mexico, Central America & the Caribbean Program Conference: Struggles for Peace in Mexico

1:30pm to 6:00pm


CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Hall (S020)

Over the last decade Mexico has become an epicenter of criminal violence in the region, and this side of the story is regularly reported in the news. Less attention has been paid to the struggles for peace. In this Conference we will discuss two initiatives undertaken by the Seminar on Violence and Peace of El Colegio de Mexico. This activity is part of an ongoing effort by DRCLAS, the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and the above mentioned seminar to build a network of scholars from El Colegio and Harvard interested in these issues.


2017 Feb 15

Latin American History Seminar: “Governing Difference in Colonial South American Borderlands. From Ethnographic Knowledge to Missionary Practice.”

4:00pm to 6:00pm


CGIS S450, 1730 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA

Guillermo Wilde
(CONICET and Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Argentina)

Guest Presentations for the:

His 2525A: The Latin American History Seminar and Workshop

Administrating differences in Latin America: historical approaches.

Professors Alejandro de la Fuente and Tamar Herzog

2017 Feb 16

Security and Development Seminar: Inequality, Crime, and Development in Latin America

4:30pm to 5:45pm


Perkins Room (R-415), 4th Floor Rubenstein, Harvard Kennedy School, Cambridge

Speakers: Joao Pinho de Mello, Lemann Visiting Scholar at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Rodrigo R. Soares is Lemann Professor of Brazilian Public Policy and International and Public Affairs, Filipe R. Campante is Associate Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and Emily Owens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminology, Law, and Society at the University of California, Irvine

2017 Apr 05

Brazil Studies Program: Military dictatorship and political repression in Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s

2:00pm to 4:00pm


CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Mariana Joffily, Professor, Department of History, State University of Santa Catarina

Moderator: Sidney Chalhoub, Professor, Department of History, Harvard University

The 1964 military coup in Brazil was perpetrated in the name of democracy. Yet the authoritarian rule created a significant repressive apparatus to remove opponents and critics, regarded as “internal enemies”. This talk proposes an inside look at the logic and strategy of the political repression.

2017 Apr 04

Tuesday Seminar Series: Latin America and the International Criminal Court: The Cases of Colombia, Venezuela, Honduras, and Mexico

12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-216, 1730 Cambridge Street

**Please note, this seminar will be held in CGIS South, S-216**

Speaker: Luis Moreno Ocampo, Senior Fellow, Carr Center for Human Rights Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (2003-2012)

Moderator:  Steve Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University

2017 Mar 28

Tuesday Seminar Series: Women's Rights in Theory and Practice: Status Politics and Violence against Women in Mexico

12:00pm to 2:00pm


CGIS South, S-250, 1730 Cambridge Street

Speaker: Mala Htun, Professor of Political Science, University of New Mexico

Moderator: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Department of Government, Harvard University