Invited Lectures/Symposia

Invited speaker, “Colombian Peace Agreement,” Workshop on Comparative Peace Initiatives, CENTRA, Washington D.C., December 12, 2017.

Invited speaker (by Skype), Roundtable on Venezuela, University of California- Berkeley, November 30, 2017.

Invited speaker, “Venezuela’s Crisis and the Lima Group,” Munck School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, October 26, 2017.

Invited speaker, “Venezuelan Crisis,” Johns Hopkins University SAIS and WOLA, Washington DC, September 29, 2017.

Speaker, “The Vulnerabilities of a Polarized Democracy,” Inaugural Inter-Campus Seminar on the Practice of Democracy, Emory University, September 18, 2017.

Invited speaker, Foreign Affairs Magazine Roundtable on Venezuela, Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, May 17, 2017.

Invited Speaker, “Venezuelan Crisis,” Tulane University, Tulane University, New Orleans, April 21, 2017.

 Invited speaker, “Polarized Democracies”  University of  LaTrobe, Melbourne Australia,  April 18, 2017.

Invited speaker, “Polarization and Reconciliation,” Candler School of Theology, Atlanta,

Keynote speaker, “Transitional Justice in the Colombian Peace Process,”  Venezuela LASA Conference, Caracas, Nov 16, 2016.

ADVANCE Distinguished Lecturer, “Causes and Consequences of Polarization,” Kansas State University, Manhattan, October 13-14, 2016.

Roundtable on Populism, speaker, LASA, New York City, May 24-26, 2016.

Roundtable on the OAS and Democracy, LASA, New York City, May 24-26, 2016.

Speaker, Panel on “Venezuela’s High Stakes Legislative Elections”, Brookings Institute, November 12, 2015.

Keynote speaker, “The U.S. and Latin America”, Policy Dialogue on Democracy in the Americas, Club of Madrid, Bogotá, Colombia, August 23-25, 2015.

 Invited Speaker, Policy Roundtable and FARC and Colombian Civil Society, FIU/Southcom, Miami, FL, July 22, 2015.

Presentation on Colombia’s Political Process, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, March 15, 2015.

Lecture on Venezuela’s Political Future, Iberoamerica University, Mexico City, March 4, 2015.

Speaker, OAS Policy Roundtable on Summits of the Americas, Organization of American States, Washington DC, Dec 15, 2014.

 Catalyst Speaker, Consultation on Next-Generation Democracy, Club of Madrid and RFK Center for Human Rights, Florence Italy, Nov 23-24, 2014.

Speaker, Symposium on Electoral Integrity in Venezuela, organized by Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, Nov 5, 2014.

Lecture on Democratic Election Standards, Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas, Venezuela, Nov 4, 2014.

Panelist,  Behind-the-Scenes: “Peace and Human Rights in Latin America,” International Women’s Forum World Leadership Conference, Atlanta, GA Oct 30, 2014.

Keynote speaker, Venezuela After Chávez, Illinois Wesleyan University, Oct. 14, 2014.

Speaker, Conference on Democracy and Elections, hosted by The Carter Center, Caracas, October 1 2014.

Speaker, Panel on U.S.-Cuba relations, Conference on Latin America Trends, Inter-American Dialogue and Andean Development Bank, Washington DC, Sept 3-4, 2014.

Speaker, seminar on Attitudes towards Transitional Justice in the Colombian Peace Process, Universidad de los Andes, July 22, 2014.

Moderator, “Human Rights in Argentina,” Conversations at Carter Center, July 16, 2014.

Presenter, Conference on Democracy and Elections, organized by The Carter Center, Caracas, May 22, 2014.

Speaker, symposium on Democratic Elections, organized by National Democratic Institute, Tegulcigapa, Honduras, March 17, 2014.

Keynote address, Symposium on the Quality of Elections in Venezuela, Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas, Venezuela, November 4, 2013.

Presenter, Roundtable on New Foci in Drug Policy: Uruguay, an Open Debate; Organization of American States, Washington DC, September 16, 2013.

Presenter, Evaluating U.S. Elections, Carter Center, July 17, 2013.

Presenter, School on Election Observation, Universidad de Salamanca, Spain, June 19-20, 2013.

Presenter, Symposium, “Change or Continuity: Hugo Chávez and the Future of the Bolivarian Revolution,”  University of Massachusetts, April 19, 2013.

Venezuela’s Political Future,” (with Margarita López Maya), The Carter Center Conversations Program, April 18, 2013.

Keynote address, Conference on Inter-American Peacebuilding, North Carolina State University, March 14, 2013.

Organizer and presenter, Conference on Democracy, Human Rights, and Peace Honoring Robert A. Pastor, American University, March 5, 2013.

Presenter, Ethics in International Relations, Global Peace Convention, Atlanta, Nov 29, 2012.

Presenter, International symposium on comparative campaign regulations, Caracas, Venezuela, November 15, 2012.

Presenter, State Department Seminar on Venezuela, November 13, 2012. 

Presenter, Analyzing the Venezuelan Presidential Elections, Canadian Council on International Affairs, Ottawa (by videoconference) October 24, 2012.

Presenter, Analyzing the Venezuelan Presidential Elections, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington DC, October 23, 2012.

Participant, Workshop on Voter Identification, The Carter Center, Atlanta, Sep 28, 2012.

Presenter, Scenarios for the Venezuelan 2012 Elections, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, Sept 7, 2012.

Presenter, Seminar on Venezuela, Organization of American States, July 31, 2012.

Book Launch, Mediación Internacional en Venezuela, Caracas, Venezuela, June 19, 2012.

Participant, Inter-American Dialogue Sol Linowitz Forum, Washington DC, June 8-9, 2012.

Presenter, International symposium on  “La calidad de las elecciones subnacionales en Mexico,” FLACSO-PNUD, April 17-18, 2012.

Presenter, Seminar on Mexico, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the World Affairs Council, April 12, 2012.

Chair, International Seminar on The Role of the Media in the Andean Region, La Paz, Bolivia, March 26-27, 2012.

 Presenter, Symposium on Venezuela: Countdown to the October 7 Elections, Washington Office on Latin America, Washington DC, March 6, 2012.

Presenter, “International Mediation in Venezuela and Upcoming Venezuela Elections,” George Washington University, March 6, 2102.

Presenter, “A conversation on Venezuela,”  Council of the Americas, Washington DC, March 6, 2012.

Presenter, “Venezuela: from political crisis to elections,” American University, Washington DC, March 6, 2012.

Presenter, “Venezuela”, Council on Foreign Relations, Atlanta, Mar 1, 2012.                        

Presenter, Limits to International Influence in Venezuela,” Atlanta Council for International Affairs, Jan 9, 2012.

Presenter, “Limits and Opportunities for International Election Observation,” Conference on Latin American Elections, Woodrow Wilson Center, Washington DC, December 13, 2011.              

Presenter, “Chávez’ Venezuela,” World Affairs Council, Naples, FL, Dec 5, 2011.

Presenter, “Limits to International Influence in Venezuela,” Mcgill University, Montreal, Canada, Nov 22, 2011.

Presenter, Symposium on Automated Elections, Panama City, Panama, December 2, 2011.

Presenter, Symposium  on Automated Elections, Revista Semana, Bogota Colombia, February 16, 2011.                         

Keynote address, 14th Annual conference on the Americas, The Americas Council, University System of Georgia.  Georgia Perimeter College.  February 12, 2011.

Moderator, “Brazil Rising: What happens after Lula”, World Affairs Council of Atlanta, April 15, 2010.

Presenter, “International Reactions to Democratic Crisis: Trends from Latin America, 1990-2010,” Symposium on Collective Defense and Promotion of  Democracy, Georgia State University and The Carter Center, Atlanta, March 15, 2010.

Presenter, “The Volatile Relations between the U.S. and Andean Countries,” Institute for Developing Nations, Emory University, Feb 9. 2010.

Participant, “Thirty Years of Democracy in Latin America,” symposium chaired by President Leonel Fernandez and sponsored by Funglode and International IDEA, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Oct. 28-30, 2009.

Panel discussant on 3 panels, presenter on 1 roundtable.  Latin American Studies Association Congress, June 11-14, 2009, Rio de Janeiro. 

Keynote address, “Chávez’ Venezuela,”  The Miller Center, University of Virginia, Nov 21, 2008.

Presenter, “Democratic Transformation in Latin America,” Conference on Governability in Latin America, Private Sector Forum of Latin America, Medellin, Colombia, May 29-30, 2008.

Presenter, “Andean Politics”, Conference on the Andes, Brown University, February 2008.

Presenter, “Venezuelan Foreign Policy,” Conference on Venezuela, George Washington University, January 2008.

Presenter, “Measuring Violations of the Inter-American Democratic Charter”, Conference on An International Research Network for Monitoring and Reporting on the State of Democracy in the Andes,”  Lima, Peru, Dec 14-15, 2007.

Presenter, “New Tendencies in Latin American Politics and their Impact on Relations with the U.S.,” Conference on Hacia Donde Va America Latina?, Universidad Nacional de San Martin, Bariloche, Argentina, May 17-18, 2007.

Presenter, “Political conflict and Democracy,”  Conference on Venezuela after the Reelection of Hugo Chavez, Washington Office on Latin America, Washington, D.C., Feb 14, 2007.

Keynote speaker, “Venezuela after Chávez’ Reelection”,  University of North-Carolina, Chapel Hill, February 7, 2007.

Presenter, “Venezuela and Colombia,” UNC-Duke Consortium on Latin America Conference, Feb 8-9, 2007.

Presenter, “Democracy Promotion in Venezuela,”  Conference on Defending the Gains? Transatlantic Responses When Democracy is Under Threat,  Johns Hopkins University SAIS, Baltimore, Sept 25, 2006.

Presenter, “International Response to Democratic Crisis in the Americas,” Conference on the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA, April 26, 2006.

Presenter, “Four Democratic Vulnerabilities and the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” Seminar on Democracy and the 2005 Summit of the Americas, Argentine Ministry of Foreign Affairs, March 2005.

Presenter, Aspen Institute Congressional Forum on Latin America, Punta Mita, Mexico, Jan 9-14, 2005.

Presenter, “Venezuelan Politics,” the Tuesday Seminar, David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, Harvard University, Nov 30, 2004.

Organizer and presenter, Workshop on “Engaging the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” The Carter Center, Nov 11-12, 2004.

Presenter, “Left in Latin America,” Corporate Partners Workshop, David Rockefeller Center For Latin American Studies, Harvard University, October 22, 2004.

Presenter, “Venezuela Recall Referendum,” Miami Herald Latin American Conference, Miami, Sept 30, 2004.

Presenter, “Venezuela Recall Referendum,” Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, D.C., Sept 7, 2004.

Keynote speaker, “Latin America’s Contemporary Context” Federal Reserve Bank Supervisory Meeting, Atlanta, June 3, 2004.

Organizer and presenter, Workshop on “Creating the Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter,” The Carter Center, May, 2004.

Presenter, Sol Linowitz Forum on U.S. and Latin America, Inter-American Dialogue, May 14-16, 2004.

Presenter, Georgetown University Conference on the Future of Venezuela, April, 2004.

Presenter, U.S. Institute for Peace Workshop on Reconciliation in Venezuela, April 2004.

Presenter, “The Future for Venezuela,” Salomon Smith Barney Conference on Latin America; Annual Meeting of the Inter-American Development Bank, Milan, Italy, March 22-24, 2003.

Presenter, “Venezuela Political and Economic Crisis,” Council on Foreign Relations, New York, February 2003.

 Participant, “Latin American Democracy,”  Conference of the Ditchley Foundation, Oxford, England, February 2003.

Presenter, “Venezuela: Perspectives and Prospects in a Time of Uncertainty,” Institute of Latin American Iberian Studies, Columbia University, New York City, November 18, 2002.

Presenter, “Venezuela: The Path to Reconciliation and Change,” Council of the Americas, New York City,  November 18, 2002.

Presenter, Seminar on the Inter-American Democratic Charter, Liu Institute, University of British Columbia, November 12-13, 2002.

Moderator and Participant, Inter-American Forum on Political Parties, Sponsored by the Organization of American States, Vancouver, December 4-6, 2002.

Moderator, “The Future of U.S.-Cuba Relations,” Debate at The Carter Center, Atlanta, March 22, 2002.

Moderator, Conference on Electoral Reform in Peru, Lima, Peru, December 1-2, 2001.

Presenter, Conference on the 2001 Elections in Peru, Lima, Peru, July 11, 2001. 

Participant, Conference on Money and Politics, Mexico City, June 3-5, 2001.

Invited participant of civil society to the Presidential Summit of the Americas (Quebec City, April 2001.  Contributed proposals through the OAS and the Council of Presidents and Prime Ministers.

Presenter, U.S. State Department Symposium on “Venezuela”, September 2000.

Presenter, U.S. Inter-Agency Conference on “Venezuela”,  September 22, 1999.

Presenter, U.S. Inter-Agency Conferences on “Prospects for Reform in Venezuela,” Washington, D.C., September 11, 1998.

Participant, “U.S National Interest and the Western Hemisphere,” The American Assembly,May 28-31, 1998, Harriman, New York.                        

Presenter, U.S.  Inter-Agency Conferences on Nicaragua, Washington D.C., October 17, 1997.

Presenter, U.S. AID  Conference on Post-Conflict Democratic Transition: Washington, D.C., October 30-31, 1997.

Participant, United Nations Conference on Election-Monitoring, Queretaro, Mexico, August 14-16, 1997.

Presenter, U.S. Inter-Agency Conference on Nicaragua, Washington, D.C., September 22,

Participant, U.S. Department of State Conference on Venezuela, Washington, D.C.  January 13, 1995.

Panel Moderator,  Southern Center for International Studies Conference on Latin America: Emerging Power in a Changing World, Atlanta, GA, February 23, 1995.

Participant, Workshop on Defining International Standards for Free and Fair Elections,  Inter-Parliamentary Union, United Nations, New York, January 22, 1994.

Participant, Seminar on Collective Responses to Regional Problems, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Carter Center, Atlanta, September 20-21, 1993.

Speaker, Seminar on The Social Aspects of Peacekeeping, Friedrich Ebert Foundation, United Nations, New York City, April 28, 1993.

Co-Director and Presenter, Conference on Democracy Under Pressure: Politics and Markets in Venezuela, North-South Center, Caracas, Venezuela, November 9-11, 1992.

Discussant, Conference on International Transformations and Hemispheric Restructuring, North-South Center, Miami, December 7-8, 1992.

Participant and Co-organizer, Conference on Public-Private Sector Cooperation for Development, University System of Georgia and Argentine Consulate, Atlanta, November 4-6, 1992.

Participant, Mexican Election-Monitoring of U.S. Elections Project, Carter Center, November 1-5, 1992.

Speaker, Workshop on Election-Monitoring, United Nations, New York, City, November 7, 1992.

Participant, Workshop on a New Social Science Research Agenda, Woodrow Wilson Center for International Affairs, Washington, D.C., December 13-15, 1991.

Speaker, Workshop on Civilian Aspects of Peacekeeping, Canadian Institute of Peace Security, Ottawa, July 9-10, 1991.

Presenter, Conference on U.S.-Latin American Relations in the 1990s, North-South Center, Miami, June 15-17, 1991.

Plenary Session speaker, “International Monitoring of Transitional Elections,” Southern Political Science Association Meeting, Atlanta, November 9, 1990.

Presenter, “U.S. Foreign Policy in Central America,” Third World Studies Conference, Georgia Southwestern College, May 25, 1989.

Keynote speaker, “The United States and Cuba,” Conference on the New Ethnics:  Immigration and Assimilation of Cubans in the U.S., Georgia College, April 19-20, 1989.

Rapporteur, Consultation on the Hemispheric Agenda, The Carter Center of Emory University, Atlanta, March 29-30, 1989.

Participant, Conference on Labor Movements and Transitions to Democracy, Kellogg Institute, Notre Dame, IN, April 26-28, 1988.

Participant, Conference on El Salvador, Commission on U.S.-Latin American Relations, St. Simon’s Island, GA, October 1988.

Participant, Seminar on U.S. Elections and Policy Toward Latin America, Cuban Center for U.S. Studies and University of New Mexico, Havana, Cuba, September 1988.

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