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What’s happening to democracy in Latin America?

16 June 2021
16:00-17:30 CEST

International IDEA invites you to a new Debating Democracy webinar entitled: What’s happening to democracy in Latin America? on Wednesday 16 June 2021, at 16:00-17:30 CEST.



Accusations of creeping authoritarianism are levelled against charismatic leaders in Brazil, El Salvador and Mexico. Colombia is rocked by its worst street protests in years. Extraordinary political polarization and age-old social and ethnic divides overshadow Peru’s presidential election. Independent candidates win support in Chile’s constitutional assembly in a blow to traditional political parties. All this happens while the region reels from one of the world’s worst outbreaks of Covid-19 and the most severe economic downturn in a century.

  • Why does a region that many thought had made great strides towards robust democratic governance and prosperity suddenly appear mired in political uncertainty?
  • What are the root causes and immediate triggers of the current spike in political tension?
  • What will be the lasting political impact of the pandemic?
  • What lessons do political events in Latin America hold about global challenges to democracy?


  • Date: Wednesday, 16 June
  • Time: 16:00-17:30 CEST
  • Platform: Webex videoconference


  • Sergio Bitar, Former Minister & Senator, Chile, Member of International IDEA’s Board of Advisers
  • Dr Kevin Casas-Zamora, Secretary-General, International IDEA
  • Laura Chinchilla, Former President of Costa Rica, Vice Chair International IDEA Board of Advisers
  • Dr Denise Dresser, Professor of political science, the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
  • María Emma Mejía Vélez, Former Permanent Representative of Colombia to the United Nations and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs

Moderator: Dr Daniel Zovatto, Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, International IDEA

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