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Political competitiveness and democracy quality in Latin America
February 26, 2016
To mark the 13th anniversary of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL), a Foro Latinoamericano Buenos Aires with the participation of speakers from Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Uruguay and Venezuela was organized at the headquarters of the institution.

In this edition of Foro Latinoamericano Buenos Aires, on the occasion of the 13th anniversary of CADAL, Chile's ambassador in Argentina, H.E. José Antonio Viera-Gallo; the Uruguayan historian Gerardo Caetano; former Ambassador of Costa Rica to the United Nations, Eduardo Ulibarri; Venezuelan journalist Andrés Cañizález; international analyst Eduardo Viola, of the University of Brasilia; the Cuban dissident Manuel Cuesta Morua and Argentinian political scientists Liliana De Riz, Hector Schamis, Carlos Gervasoni and Gerardo Scherlis participated as speakers.

Competitividad política y calidad democrática en América Latina

In the first panel, moderated by Bernabé García Hamilton, Secretary of CADAL, 2015 elections in Argentina and the challenges to consolidate a competitive democracy was taken. Speakers were Carlos Gervasoni, Professor and Researcher at the Torcuato Di Tella University and academic director of CADAL; Liliana De Riz, Professor Consultation at the Faculty of Social Sciences (UBA) and Senior Researcher of CONICET; Gerardo Scherlis, Researcher of the CONICET, regularly associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the UBA and Director of Political Reform in the Ministry of Interior.

Competitividad política y calidad democrática en América Latina

In the second panel, moderated by Sybil Rhodes, Vice President of CADAL and Director of the Master in International Studies at the University of CEMA, the democratic institutions in the face of the indefinite perpetuation in power in Latin America and the role of regional intergovernmental bodies were analyzed. The subject was in charge of Hector Schamis, professor at Georgetown University, columnist for the newspaper El Pais of Spain and academic advisor of CADAL; Andrés Cañizález, professor at the Catholic University Andres Bello, Venezuela, and academic advisor of CADAL; and Eduardo Viola, Professor of International Relations at the University of Brasilia and academic advisor of CADAL.

Competitividad política y calidad democrática en América Latina

The last panel, moderated by Gabriel Salvia, chairman of the Center for the Opening and Development of Latin America (CADAL), was titled "The vigorous democracies in Latin America and the regional leadership in defending the rule of law and fundamental freedoms". The speakers were José Antonio Viera-Gallo, Ambassador of the Republic of Chile in Argentina; Eduardo Ulibarri, Journalist and former ambassador of Costa Rica at the UN; and Gerardo Caetano, historian, teacher and researcher at the University of the Republic, Uruguay.

Competitividad política y calidad democrática en América Latina

The closure of Foro Latinoamericano Buenos Aires on "Political competitiveness and democratic quality in Latin America" was in charge of Manuel Cuesta Morua, historian, spokesman for the “Arco Progresista” of Cuba and promoter of the initiative of electoral reform in Cuba "Otro 18".