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Transatlantic Webinar

July 1, 2020 | 11:00 AM EDT | 17:00 CET

Latin America:

                                How to Forge a New Social Contract


Transatlantic Webinar

Latin America: How to Forge a New Social Contract

July 1, 2020 | 11:00 - 12:00 AM EDT | 17:00 - 18:00 CET 

For the sixth Transformation Index BTI edition in a row, the level of democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean has been on the decline. The number of autocracies in the region has reached an all-time high since the 1990s, and the economic performance and innovative strength seen in most countries is too low to sustain hopes of economic opportunity and social inclusion. Doubts about democracy are growing – as is the intensity of political and social conflicts.

This webinar aims to assess the prospects of democratic resilience in the region. It will discuss the resurgence of authoritarianism, the erosion of stateness and the decline of democracy approval, driven by corruption and social exclusion. It will also focus on the unsustainability of a resource-driven growth model without productivity gains, product diversification, the strengthening of domestic demand and a substantial integration of the informal sector into the formal sector. The prospects for forging a new social contract will be assessed, with the goal to identify strategies of consensus-building and social inclusion to counter polarization.



Viviana Giacaman
Strategic Planning Officer - Team Leader,
Resident Coordinator Office, United Nations Chile

Christopher Sabatini
Senior Research Fellow for Latin America, US and the Americas Programme, Chatham House;
Member of the CADAL Advisory Council

Peter Thiery
Senior Research Fellow, Institute of Political Science, Heidelberg University;
BTI Regional Coordinator Latin American and the Caribbean


with an introduction by

Hauke Hartmann
Senior Expert, Bertelsmann Transformation Index, Bertelsmann Stiftung;
Member of the CADAL Advisory Council



Samuel George
Global Markets and Digital Adviser, Latin America Specialist,
Bertelsmann Foundation


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Five Falling Stars: The Decline of Rule of Law and Democratic Multilateralism

July 16, 2020 | 09:00 - 10:30 AM EDT | 15:00 - 16:30 CET 

Not even ten years ago, they were the democratic hopefuls of international liberal order: Brazil, India, Indonesia, South Africa and Turkey. Today, the expectations that those countries could be the new standard-bearers of human rights, the rule of law, and democracy in a multipolar world have been sobered. In our next webinar, Ted Piccone (World Justice Project) will chair a roundtable with experts from the 5 countries to trace the causes for political regression and nationalism and discuss the prospects of a positive turnaround and a revival of multilateralism.


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