Democracy's Future in Latin America Examined at Tulane

March 22, 2005

Michael Strecker
Phone: (504) 865-5210

Three leading experts on Latin America, including the deputy assistant secretary for Inter-American affairs in the Clinton administration, will discuss the volatile state of democracy in Latin America, a region with vast economic and cultural ties to the United States, at the Tulane University Presidential Symposium March 31 at 3 p.m. in the Freeman Auditorium of the Woldenberg Art Center. The event is free and open to the public.

"Democracy Interrupted: Public (Mis)Trust in the Modern Latin American State" will examine the intense economic and political reform that took place in Latin America in the 1990s, its painful side effects and the mistrust it engendered among the region's citizenry who are now mobilizing for change.

The symposium will consider the future of democracy in the region and the implications Latin America's process of economic and political reform holds for the United States and world.

Symposium speakers include Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development and former senior associate and director of the Economic Reform Project at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, former executive vice-president of the Inter-American development bank and former director of the Policy Research Department at the World Bank; Arturo Valenzuela, professor of government and director of the Center for Latin American Studies in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and former deputy assistant secretary for Inter- American Affairs in the Department of State under Bill Clinton; and Eugenio Raýl Zaffaroni, director of the Department of Penal Law and Criminology at the National University of Buenos Aires and minister of the Supreme Court of Argentina.

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Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 504-865-5000