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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.

Spring 2023 Events

January 25

Paraguay’s Future in a Turbulent Continent
Featuring Santiago Peña, president-elect of Paraguay

January 30

Latin America and the Caribbean in 2023: What to Expect?
Featuring Alejandro Werner, GAI director; Michael Shifter, Georgetown University adjunct professor; Monica de Bolle, senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics

February 6

World Economic Outlook
Featuring: Nathan Sheets, global chief economist at CitiGroup

February 23

Peaceful Borders and Illicit Transnational Flows, the Case of the Americas
Featuring Arie Kacowicz, Aaron and Cecile Goldman Visiting Israeli Professor and Israel Institute Fellow, Georgetown University

February 27

Democracies Need Robust Evidence: The Mexican Evaluation System
Featuring Gonzalo Hernandez Licona, director, Multidimensional Poverty Peer Network

March 2

Should the IMF Be Involved in Climate Change?
Featuring Kristina Kostial, deputy director at International Monetary Fund; Uma Ramakrishnan, deputy director at International Monetary Fund

April 11

Colombian Truth Commission from the Perspective of its Director
Featuring Father Francisco de Roux, chair of the Commission for the Clarification of Truth, Coexistence and Non-Repetition, visiting fellow at the Georgetown Americas Institute

April 13

A Conversation with Guido Sandleris, Former President of the Central Bank of Argentina
Featuring Guido Sandleris, Argentine economist and former president of the Central Bank of Argentina

May 1

Targeting the Messenger: A Conversation with Colombian Investigative Journalist Ricardo Calderon
Featuring Ricardo Calderon, investigative journalist with Caracol Television

Event Series

Cars line up at the US-Mexico border in 6 lanes

Peaceful Borders and Illicit Transnational Flows

In their book The Unintended Consequences of Peace: Peaceful Borders and Illicit Transnational Flows (2021), Arie Kacowicz and his co-authors argue that international peace creates an environment that