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Electoral Trends in Latin America: Democratic Renewal or Political Instability?

05/11/2021 05:30 PM - 06:30 PM MT


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A packed electoral calendar in Latin America in 2021 and 2022 will test the region’s democratic fiber and capacity for effective governance. Presidential elections this year in Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Paraguay, Honduras, and Nicaragua, and next year in Colombia and Brazil – together with critical legislative elections, recently in El Salvador, and upcoming in Mexico and Argentina – are expected to reveal political trends in a region facing economic, social and health crises of historic proportions. Will some democratic stability be restored -- or will Latin America experience increased political turmoil? Join WorldDenver for a conversation with Michael Shifter, President of the Inter-American Dialogue, to explore the answers to these questions and more.

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About Our Speaker

Michael Shifter
President, Inter-American Dialogue

Michael Shifter is president of the Inter-American Dialogue. Since 1993, Mr. Shifter has been adjunct professor at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he teaches Latin American politics. Mr. Shifter writes and talks widely on U.S.-Latin American relations and hemispheric affairs. His recent articles have appeared in major U.S. and Latin American publications such as The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Journal of Democracy, Harvard International Review, Clarin, O Estado de S. Paulo, and Cambio, and he is co-editor, along with Jorge Domínguez, of Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America, published by Johns Hopkins University Press. Prior to joining the Inter-American Dialogue, Mr. Shifter directed the Latin American and Caribbean program at the National Endowment for Democracy and, before that, the Ford Foundation’s governance and human rights program in the Andean region and Southern Cone where he was based in Lima, Peru, and subsequently, in Santiago, Chile.

Michael Shifter es el Presidente del Diálogo Interamericano (Inter-American Dialogue). Desde 1993, el Sr. Shifter ha sido profesor adjunto en la escuela de Asuntos Exteriores de la Universidad de Georgetown, donde enseña sobre las políticas de América Latina. El Sr. Shifter escribe y expone frecuentemente sobre las relaciones entre Estados Unidos y América Latina, así como sobre asuntos hemisféricos. Sus artículos más recientes han aparecido en las principales publicaciones del continente como The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Journal of Democracy, Harvard International Review, Clarin, O Estado de S. Paulo, y Cambio, y es co-editor, junto con Jorge Dominguez, del libro Constructing Democratic Governance in Latin America publicado por Johns Hopkins University Press. Previo a su trabajo con el Diálogo Inter-Americano, el Sr. Shifter dirigió el programa de América Latina y el Caribe para el National Endowment for Democracy, y anteriormente el programa del Ford Foundation de gobernanza y derechos humanos para el cono sur y la región andina basado en Lima, Peru y posteriormente Santiago, Chile.

About Our Moderator

Anna Maria Alejo
Owner, AlejoPR LLC

Anna Alejo is the owner of a public relations consulting firm, leading national PR strategy development and execution for diverse clients in e-commerce, innovation, financial services, marketing, ed-tech as well as nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. 

Anna previously served as Chief Communications Officer for Denver Public Schools and Director of Corporate Communications for Western Union, a Fortune 500 company with half a million locations in 200 countries.  

As a broadcast journalist, Anna covered public education for the NBC- and CBS-owned stations in Denver, where she reported local news and stories for CBS News, CNN and Univision, and hosted three public affairs television shows including DPS Today.

Anna also served as founding director of Colorado 10X10KCuba, which brings Cuban entrepreneurs to the U.S. and provides them access to companies, training, resources and opportunities to advance their businesses.


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