Events

    2022 May 03

    Insuring Against Democracy: The Political Economy of Premodern Elites’ Asset Portfolio Diversification

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speaker: Victoria Paniagua, Assistant Professor in International Political Economy, London School of Economics
    Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

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    2022 Apr 26

    Colombian Elections

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speaker: Silvia Otero, Assistant professor of International, Political, and Urban Studies, Universidad del Rosario;  Monica Pachón, Associate Professor in the Design Department, Universidad de los Andes;  Juan Pablo Milanese, Chair of the Political Science Department, ICESI
    Moderated by: Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of Government...

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    2022 Apr 19

    Governing Latin American Cities in the 21st Century: Rio de Janeiro

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Cities often are seen as polluted, dangerous, and unequal. How can cities become more sustainable, safe, and inclusive? What are the political challenges to their transformation? The mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, will speak about the city’s environmental and public security initiatives.

    Speaker: Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro
    Moderated by: Alisha Holland, Associate Professor of...

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    2022 Apr 12

    States of Extraction: The Emergence of Indigenous Rights in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speaker: Chris Carter, Academy Scholar, Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies
    Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

    Christopher Carter is an Academy Scholar at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies and Research Associate at the Center on...

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    2022 Apr 05

    Latin America’s Changing Left: Red versus Green?

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speakers: Thea Riofrancos, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Providence College; Andrew Carnegie Fellow (2020-2022); Manuela Picq, Professor of International Relations at Universidad San Francisco de Quito & Senior Lecturer of Political Science at Amherst College; Marco Fernandez, Professor of Government, Tec de Monterrey
    Moderated by: Steven Levitsky...

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    2022 Mar 29

    The New Right in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speakers: Lindsay Mayka, Associate Professor of Government, Colby College; Rosana Pinheiro-Machado, Assistant Professor of International Development, University of Bath; Cristobal Rovira, Professor of Political Science, Universidad Diego Portales
    Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, David Rockefeller...

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    2022 Mar 22

    Bootstrap Justice: The Search for Mexico's Disappeared

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speaker: Janice Gallagher, Assistant Professor in Political Science, Rutgers University
    Discussant: Kaitlyn Chriswell, PhD Candidate in Government, Harvard University
    Moderated by: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    Janice Gallagher is an Assistant Professor of political science at...

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    2022 Mar 08

    Latin America After the Left Turn

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speaker: Santiago Anria, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies, Dickinson College; 2021-22 Cisneros Visiting Scholar, Harvard DRCLAS
    Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

    Santiago Anria is Assistant Professor of Political Science and Latin...

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    2022 Mar 01

    Peru’s Continuing Crisis: New Perspectives

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speakers: Gonzalo Banda, Chevening Scholar, London School of Economics and Political Science; Rodrigo Barrenechea, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Universidad Católica del Uruguay; Zarai Toledo, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Inter-American Policy and Research , Tulane University
    Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard...

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    2022 Feb 22

    Resisting Extortion: Victims, Criminals, and States in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speaker: Eduardo Moncada, Assistant Professor of Political Science, Barnard College
    Discussant: Manuel Melendez, PhD Candidate in Government, Harvard University
    Moderated by: Frances Hagopian, Jorge Paulo Lemann Senior Lecturer on Government, Harvard University

    In settings where the state is unable or unwilling to enforce the rule of law, why do victims...

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    2022 Feb 15

    The New Polarization in Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speakers: Javier Corrales, Professor of Political Science, Amherst College; Maria Victoria Murillo, Director of ILAS: Professor of Political Science & International Affairs, Columbia University; Kenneth Roberts, Richard J. Schwartz Professor of Comparative and Latin American Politics, Cornell University; Susan Stokes, Tiffany and Margaret Blake Distinguished...

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    2022 Feb 08

    COVID-19 in Brazil: Population Health at Crossroads

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Speaker: Marcia Castro, Andelot Professor of Demography; Chair of the Department of Global Health and Population, Harvard University
    Moderated by: Steven Levitsky, Professor of Government, Harvard University; Director, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies

    Marcia Castro is a founding member of the Wittgenstein Centre for Demography and Global...

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    2021 Nov 16

    Impact of Venezuela Migration on Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    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 care and local...

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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 12

    Abortion Politics In Latin America

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Argentina’s legalization of abortion on demand in 2020 was closely followed across Latin America. The role of religion in politics has changed dramatically in the region. On the one hand, societies gave grown more secular and the influence of the Catholic Church has waned; on the other hand, growing evangelical movements have given new life to social conservatism. How are the politics of abortion...

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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 28

    Mexico's Mid-term Elections & New Balances of Power

    12:00pm to 1:20pm


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    Mexico's July 2021 mid-term elections were seen as a key test of strength between the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) and its opponents. What are the election’s consequences, both for the AMLO government’s agenda and for Mexican democracy?

    Speakers: Denisse Dresser, Political analyst and columnist; Professor of Political...

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