Events

    2021 Nov 16

    Impact of Venezuela Migration on Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


    This event is part of a virtual series. To register, click here.

    Of the more than 5.6 million Venezuelans who have left Venezuela since 2017, more than 70 percent have migrated to Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. Despite their stated intention to remain in the countries that received them, they often lack regular migration status, and they have suffered from unemployment or employment discrimination and restricted access to health...

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    2021 Nov 09

    The Volatility Curse

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    When does economic voting function as a mechanism of democratic accountability, and when does it fail to do so? In their new book, The Volatility Curse, Campello and Zucco show that in Latin American countries that are dependent on commodity exports and inflows of foreign capital, governments may lose popular support and be punished by voters for economic outcomes that are beyond their...

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    2021 Nov 02

    Protest and Repression in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Latin America experienced a wave of large-scale and often sustained protest between 2018 and 2021. In Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, and elsewhere, these protests triggered harsh police or paramilitary repression. How do these responses compare to earlier eras in Latin America? Have decades of democracy and human rights activism had on impact on the behavior of domestic security forces? Are Latin...

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    2021 Oct 26

    Technocracy vs Politics

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Technocrats dominated policymaking across Latin America in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Now, in much of the region, including its largest democracies, voters and politicians on both the left and the right have challenged the role of technocrats in democratic governments. What explains technocrats’ declining legitimacy in many Latin American democracies? How have technocrats...

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    2021 Oct 19

    Populism and the Courts in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Populist presidents have assaulted (or seriously threatened) judicial independence in much of Latin America in the early twenty-first century. What drives these attacks? How do courts resist them? And why have some judiciaries proven more resilient in the face of populist governments than others?

    Speakers: Julio Rios Figueroa, Associate Professor of Law,...

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    2021 Oct 05

    The Geography of State Power: Political Antagonism and Partisan Statebuilding in Colombia and Mexico

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Why do states develop more effective authority in some parts of their territory and domains of governance than in others? The Geography of State Power attributes contemporary variation in the state’s ability in Mexico and Colombia to perform such core functions as taxation, coercion, and public service provision within its borders to the historical lines of political conflict – religious in...

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    2021 Sep 14

    Prospects for Post-COVID Economic Recovery in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    The economic toll of the Covid crisis on Latin America has been catastrophic. According to The Economist, whereas global GDP contracted by 3% last year, that of Latin America and the Caribbean fell on average by 7%, the worst of any region tracked by the IMF. Lengthy lockdowns have contributed to the exacerbation of poverty and inequality, and school closures...

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    2021 Apr 27

    Reforming Chile’s Constitution: The Debate over Social and Ethnic Rights

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


    This event is part of a virtual series. It will be held in English with simultaneous Spanish interpretation. To view the recording, click here

    Speakers: Veronica Figueroa Huencho, Associate Professor at the Institute of Public Affairs, University of Chile; Daniel Brinks, Professor of Government and of Law, UT Texas at Austin; Rossana Castiglioni, Professor of Political Science, Universidad...

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    2021 Apr 13

    Peru’s Presidential Election: A Path Out of Crisis, or More of the Same?

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


    This event is part of a virtual series. It will be held in Spanish with simultaneous English translation. To view the recording, click here

    Speakers: Marisa Glave, Peruvian Sociologist and Politician, Member of Congress (2016-2019); Maria Antonieta Alva, Peruvian Former Minister of Economy and Finance (...

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    2021 Mar 09

    Challenges to Social Welfare Provision During and After COVID-19

    12:00pm to 1:20pm

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    Speakers:  Jennifer Pribble, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Studies, University of Richmond; Merike Blofield, Director GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies & Professor of Political Science, University of Hamburg; Marcela Meléndez, UNDP Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean
    Moderated by: ...

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    2021 Mar 02

    The Return of the Military?

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speakers: Wendy Hunter, Professor of Government, UT-Austin; Diego Vega, PhD Candidate in Government, UT-Austin; John Polga-Hecimovich, Assistant Professor of Comparative Politics, U.S. Naval Academy; Kristina Mani, Associate Professor of Politics, Oberlin College and Conservatory; David Pion-Berlin, Professor of Political Science, University...

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    2021 Feb 16

    Is Colombia’s Peace Over? Challenges and Progress in Implementing the Peace Accords

    12:00pm to 1:20pm

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    Speakers: Juanita Goebertus, Colombian Congresswoman and Former Member of the Government Peace Delegation with the FARC; Juana Garcia Duque, Associate Professor at the Business School, Universidad de los Andes; Sandra Botero, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Government, and International Relations, Universidad del Rosario; Mauricio Velásquez, Professor of...

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    2021 Feb 09

    Ecuador’s Presidential Election: Is the Citizens’ Revolution Over?

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speakers: Valeria Coronel, Associate Professor of Sociology and Gender Studies, FLACSO Ecuador; Pablo Andrade, Professor of Latin American Studies, Universidad Andina; Grace Jaramillo, Professor of Political Science, University of British Columbia
    Moderated by: Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of Government, Harvard University

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    2021 Feb 02

    Latin American Prisons: Challenges and Opportunities from COVID-19

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speakers: Benjamin Lessing, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Chicago; David Skarbek, Associate Professor in Political Science, Brown University; Marcelo Bergman, Professor of Sociology and Criminology, Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero (UNTREF)
    Discussant: Jessie Bullock, PhD candidate, Harvard University
    ...

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    2020 Dec 01

    Right Wing Populism in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm

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    Speakers: Kenneth Roberts, Binenkorb Director of the Latin American Studies Program and Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Government, Cornell University; Cristobal Rovira, Professor of Political Science, Universidad Diego Portales in Chile; Amy Erica Smith, Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Professor and Associate Professor of Political Science, Iowa State University
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    2020 Nov 24

    Authoritarian Police in Democracy: Contested Security in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm

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    Speaker: Yanilda María González, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
    Discussant: Eduardo Moncada, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University
    Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, DRCLAS

    In countries around the world, from the...

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    2020 Nov 17

    Federalism and COVID Responses

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


    This event is part of a virtual series. To watch the recording, click here

    Speaker: Agustina Giraudy, Associate Professor of Political Science, American University
    Discussant: Kent Eaton, Professor of Politics, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Moderated by: Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of Government, Harvard University

    Presented in collaboration with ...

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    2020 Nov 10

    The Uneven Racial and Ethnic Impacts of COVID in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


    This event is part of a virtual series. To watch the recording, click here

    Speakers: Alberto Diaz-Cayeros, Senior Fellow at the Center for Democracy Development and Rule of Law, Stanford University; Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography; Chair, Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University; Edward Telles, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, University of California, Irvine
    Moderated by: ...

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    2020 Oct 27

    Democratic Backsliding in Contemporary Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speakers: Manuel Melendez-Sanchez, PhD candidate in Political Science, Harvard University; Santiago Anria, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies, Dickinson College; Calla Hummel, Assistant Professor in Political Science, University of Miami; Carmen Aída Lazo, Dean of the School of Economics and Business at Escuela Superior de Economía...

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    2020 Oct 13

    The Criminalization of Corruption in Latin America: Causes and Consequences of Lava Jato

    12:00pm to 1:20pm

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    Speakers: Ezequiel González Ocantos, Associate Professor in the Qualitative Study of Comparative Political Institutions, University of Oxford; Paula Muñoz, Profesora del Departamento Académico de Ciencias Sociales y Políticas, Universidad del Pacifico en Perú
    Discussant: Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of Government, Harvard University
    Moderated by: ...

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