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Preserving and Strengthening Democracy in Latin America

Date & Time

May. 16, 2024
10:00am – 11:00am ET


6th Floor Flom Auditorium, Woodrow Wilson Center
and Online


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On March 2024, General Laura Richardson, Commander of US Southern Command, stated in her Posture Statement that “democracy and democratic values are under attack globally. The People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Russia are strategic competitors who operate without regard for international law or norms. They condone and perpetrate corruption, disinformation campaigns, cybercrime, and human rights abuses that undermine the existing democratic political processes of fragile democracies in Latin America and the Caribbean and bolster the authoritarian rule of regimes in Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.” SOUTHCOM’s area of responsibility encompasses 31 nations in Central America, South America, and the Caribbean.

Please join our conversation where Ambassador Mark Green will moderate a conversation with General Richardson to discuss the strategic importance and the state of democracy in Latin America as well as regional security and combatting transnational organized crime.


Ambassador Mark Green

Ambassador Mark A. Green

President & CEO, Wilson Center
Headshot of Gen. Richardson

General Laura J. Richardson

Commander, United States Southern Command

Hosted By

Brazil Institute

The Brazil Institute—the only country-specific policy institution focused on Brazil in Washington—works to foster understanding of Brazil’s complex reality and to support more consequential relations between Brazilian and US institutions in all sectors. The Brazil Institute plays this role by producing independent research and programs that bridge the gap between scholarship and policy, and by serving as a crossroads for leading policymakers, scholars and private sector representatives who are committed to addressing Brazil’s challenges and opportunities.  Read more

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition

The Wahba Institute for Strategic Competition works to shape conversations and inspire meaningful action to strengthen technology, trade, infrastructure, and energy as part of American economic and global leadership that benefits the nation and the world.  Read more

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