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Spotlight on the Americas

The Georgetown Americas Institute (GAI) was pleased to host a series of conversations with experts on various themes related to the Western Hemisphere, including economics and politics, equity, security issues, entrepreneurship, international investment, and more.

Fall 2023 Events

September 7

Sustainable Development in LAC: Perspectives from the Nature Conservancy
Paula Caballero, regional managing director for Latin America at the Nature Conservancy, will discuss the organization’s efforts in the region on sustainable development and nature-based solutions for climate adaptation.

September 21

Latin America and the Caribbean Political Outlook
GAI director Alejandro Werner, Georgetown adjunct professor Michael Shifter, and Tamara Taraciuk, director of the Peter D. Bell Rule of Law program at the Inter-American Dialogue, will share their perspectives on political and economic developments in the region.

October 2

Elections in Argentina: Will the Country Turn to the Far Right?
Rodrigo Zarazaga, founder, director, and lead researcher of Instituto Universitario Centro de Investigación y Acción Social (CIAS), and GAI visiting fellow, will discuss the complexities and what to expect from upcoming elections in Argentina.

October 12

How Public Opinion Shapes Climate Change Policies in Latin America
GAI resident fellow Matias Spektor will present his ongoing research on how mass perceptions of climate change and foreign criticism of environmental destruction condition pro-climate policies in Latin America.

November 6

How to Tackle Persistent Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean: A Perspective from the World Bank
Luis Felipe Lopez Calva, global director of the World Bank Group’s Poverty and Equity Global Practice, will address the underlying causes of persistent income inequality in Latin America, and policy recommendations to address it.

November 30

US Policy in Central America
Eric Jacobstein (G’04), deputy assistant secretary for Central America in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs, will discuss the challenges for US policy in Central America and Biden's administration efforts to curb irregular migration.

More details to be announced.

Event Series

Eric Jacobstein

U.S. Policy in Central America

The Biden-Harris Administration’s engagement with Central America has prioritized addressing the root causes of irregular migration. The strategy addresses the acute factors that drive irregular…