Date(s) - 11/05/18
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Chicago Council on Global Affairs
The center appears to be collapsing across Latin America. In Colombia, Ivan Duque’s tough stance on the FARC peace deal and the economy swept him into office in June. Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s left-wing populism delivered a historic electoral victory in Mexico this past July. And Jair Bolsonaro’s outspoken, far-right platform has made him a frontrunner for Brazil’s presidential election in October. Twenty years after Hugo Chavez took power with a populist agenda, Venezuela is in turmoil. Will this new wave deliver on their promises to tackle the region’s corruption and inequalities? And how will these elections affect relations with the Unites States?
Peter Schechter is a political analyst, author, and co-host of the Altamar Podcast, which recently released an episode on Latin America’s 2018 elections with Moisés Naím. Previously he was the Atlantic Council’s senior vice president for strategic initiatives and the founding director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center. The Washington-based think tank launched its new Latin America effort in October 2013 to study, educate, and strengthen the trends transforming Latin America into a strong Western partner. Schechter holds a Master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins’ Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.