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Urban Protests in Latin America

In late 2019 major and, at times, violent protests broke out in Chile, Colombia, and Bolivia. These events took place in the context of protests earlier in the year in Venezuela and, before that, Brazil. These types of protests have had important impacts on political systems and social dynamics in the region and have in the past generation contributed to bringing down governments in Bolivia and Brazil. Chile’s protests have already led to an agreement to revise that country’s constitution. This panel will bring together experts on the region to discuss the drivers of these protests, the effects on these political systems, and their implications for the future. The Global Insights panel of experts includes: Janice Gallagher, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Rutgers University-Newark, and Patricio Navia, Clinical Professor of Liberal Studies at New York University. The program will be moderated by Enrique Desmond Arias, Marxe Chair of Western Hemisphere Affairs at Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs.