As Latin America grapples with three overlapping crises — devastation from the coronavirus pandemic, severe economic contraction, and heightened political polarization and democratic backsliding — regional cooperation is falling badly short. Drawing on the recent Carnegie paper on this topic by three noted Latin American experts, this event will probe how regional governance can be productively and creatively reimagined to better meet the daunting challenges at hand.
This event is being held in collaboration with Inter-American Dialogue.
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Thomas Carothers is interim president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. He is a leading authority on international support for democracy, human rights, governance, the rule of law, and civil society.
Federico Merke is an associate professor of international relations at the Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina. He is also a researcher for the National Council for Scientific Research.
Natalia Saltalamacchia is a professor at the Department of International Relations of the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM). She was director of the undergraduate program of international relations, as well as of the Center for Inter-American Studies and Programs (Centro de Estudios y Programas Interamericanos, CEPI). Her research focuses on international human rights institutions, with particular reference to the Inter-American Human Rights System.
Michael Shifter is president of the Inter-American Dialogue. He was previously vice president for policy and director of the Dialogue’s democratic governance program. Since 1993, Shifter has been an adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches Latin American politics. Since 1994, he has played a key role in shaping the Dialogue’s agenda, commissioning policy-relevant articles and reports.
Oliver Stuenkel is an associate professor at the School of International Relations at Fundação Getulio Vargas (FGV) in São Paulo, Brazil. He is also a nonresident scholar affiliated with the Democracy, Conflict, and Governance Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. His research focuses on Latin American politics and foreign policy, as well as China’s and the United States’ role in Latin America.