Peace Operations Policy Program Looks at Latin American Elections

Posted: February 21, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Peace Operations Policy Program of the School of Public Policy and Dawson Associates International Inc. will present “Opportunities in Latin America: A Year of Elections” on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Arlington Campus, Original Building, Room 251.

Speakers include Gen. Jaime Salinas Sedó, Peruvian Army, retired; Luis Jiménez, former principal legal officer, Department of International Law, Secretariat for Legal Affairs, Organization of American States; and Marco Vicenzino, executive director, Global Strategy Project.

Allison Frendak-Blume, Peace Operations Policy Program, and Richard Dawson, Dawson Associates International Inc., will host the program.

This year has been dubbed the “year of elections for Latin America.” Twelve presidential and 13 legislative elections have been scheduled between November 2005 and December 2006, and include seven of the region’s eight most populous countries: Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela, Chile and Ecuador.

Those following events in the region are asking: “Will the results continue the leftist trend begun in 1998 when Hugo Chavéz won office in Venezuela; and if so, what pattern of policies might we expect to see from these newly-elected governments?”

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