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