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CIPR/Inter-American Dialogue joint seminar features Ebrahim Asvat and Marco Gandásegui

June 24th, 2014

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 Tuesday, June 24th at the Dialogue for an extended exchange on the results and implications of Panama’s election of Juan Carlos Varela.

Our featured guests are two exceptionally distinguished Panamanian analysts. Dr. Ebrahim Asvat is the host of a popular television show and former editor of La Estrella and El Siglo. Dr. Marco Gandásegui is a professor at the Universidad de Panama. Following their opening remarks, we will hold a lively, wide-ranging exchange with the audience.

Panama‘€™s new president, Juan Carlos Varela, assumes office on July 1st. Elected vice president four years ago, Varela split with then President Ricardo Martinelli, and defeated Martinelli‘€™s handpicked candidate in this year‘€™s presidential race. He now confronts a complicated political landscape that has been dominated by his predecessor, whose party continues to maintain a majority in Congress. Although Varela is expected to sustain the country‘€™s current economic policy directions, which have produced the fastest growth in Latin America, but he campaigned on a platform promising to battle government corruption and focus new attention on issues of poverty and inequality. The expansion of the Panama Canal is expected to be completed during this coming period.

The event will take place at the Inter-American Dialogue in Washington D.C. on June 24, 2014.