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CIPR/Inter-American Dialogue joint seminar features Roberto Rubio and Salvador Samayoa

February 7th, 2014
8:30am

Location
Inter-American Dialogue, Washington D.C.

The Inter-American Dialogue and the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research at Tulane University is pleased to introduce another round table discussion on critical political and economic developments in Central America. We will meet on Friday, February 7 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM at the Dialogue for an extended exchange on the results and implications of the first round of El Salvador’s presidential elections on February 2.

Our featured guests are two of El Salvador’s leading political and social commentators—Roberto Rubio, executive director of FUNDE, and Salvador Samayoa, a senior political analyst at FUSADES.

With multiple candidates from across the political spectrum—including Vice President Salvador Sánchez Cerén of the ruling FMLN party, San Salvador Mayor Norman Quijano of ARENA, and former President Antonio Saca of the Unidad coalition—the likelihood of a second round run-off in March is high. Whatever the outcome, the new president will face an exceptionally complex set of challenges—a sluggish economy, intense political polarization, and a still highly dangerous, although slightly improving, security situation. The coming period may be the most difficult for the country to confront since the end of El Salvador’s civil war in 1991.

The event will take place at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington D.C. on February 7, 2014.

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CIPR talk series Critical Issues in Democratic Governance to host political economist Dr. Katrina Burgess

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Join the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies in welcoming Dr. Katrina Burgess as part of the fall speaker series Critical Issues in Democratic Governance, on Friday, November 16, in 110A Jones Hall. Dr. Burgess will give a talk titled Courting Migrants: How States Make Diasporas and Diasporas Make States.

The event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to cipr@tulane.edu.

Katrina Burgess (Ph.D., Princeton University) is Associate Professor of Political Economy of Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. She is author of Parties and Unions in the New Global Economy, which won the 2006 Outstanding Book Award for the best publication on labor issues granted by the Section on Labor Studies and Class Relations of the Latin American Studies Association, and co-editor with Abraham F. Lowenthal of The California-Mexico Connection. She has also published numerous book chapters, as well as articles in World Politics, Latin American Politics & Society, Studies in Comparative International Development, South European Politics and Society, Comparative Political Studies, Politica y gobierno, and International Studies Review. Dr. Burgess has also served as Assistant Director of the U.S.-Mexico Project at the Overseas Development Council in Washington, D.C. and Associate Director of the California-Mexico Project at USC in Los Angeles.

Patterns of migrant engagement in politics back home cannot be understood without examining the ways in which homeland states reach out to their migrants. Since states engaged in what can be called diaspora-making are unable to deploy many of the tools of rule within their borders, they are especially reliant on the cultivation of loyalty. The agents, motives, and loyalty-cultivation strategies of diaspora-making have important implications for whether homeland parties mobilize voters abroad, as demonstrated by the contrasts between Mexico and the Dominican Republic.