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The “Socialism, populism, and democracy in Latin America” conference took place at the Universidad Católica de Chile. The conference was organized by the Chile-based Fundación para el Progreso and Czech-based Forum 2000.
Opening remarks were given by Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero; former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias; Dean of the Universidad Católica de Chile, Ignacio Sánchez Díaz; and Executive Director of Forum 2000, Jakub Klepal.
From left to right: Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs, Roberto Ampuero; Executive Director of Forum 2000, Jakub Klepal; and former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias
The first panel, “Latin America 2018: A Panorama,” offered “an analysis of the current regional context, with an emphasis on the most critical cases.” The panelists included Nobel Literature Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa; former Bolivian president Jorge Quiroga; Venezuelan activist Tamara Sujú; and CADAL associated researcher Juan Pablo Cardenal. Axel Kaiser, Director of Fundación para el Progreso moderated the panel.
The second panel, “Latin America: Expectations and Outcomes” included Cuban activist Rosa María Payá, former Chilean Minister of Education Mariana Aylwin, former mayor of Caracas Antonio Ledezma, Peruvian author and intellectual Álvaro Vargas Llosa, and Chilean representative to the Red de Jóvenes por la Democracia, Francisco Ramírez Gómez.