WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas

Peru 2021: ¿Quo Vadis?

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET Wednesday, 16 December 2020

(AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd)

The Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) invites you to this conversation about the current situation in Peru:

Peru has lived through a time of serious political instability in recent years, marked by clashes between the different powers of the state, weak political parties, and growing public outrage at the perception that politicians do not work for the good of the country but for their particular interests. 

WOLA invites three distinguished panelists to discuss the current situation in Peru, with a particular focus on the issue of the rule of law and human rights, who from their fields in politics, journalism and academia, will share their perceptions on Peru towards 2021.


Event details:

Wednesday, December 16

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. ET.



Paola Ugaz

Spain ABC Correspondent in Peru

Rocío Silva-Santisteban

Congresswoman of the Republic of Peru

Eduardo Dargent

Professor of Political Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru


Cynthia McClintock

Professor of Political Science at George Washington University


Jo-Marie Burt

Senior Fellow, WOLA

Paola Ugaz is a journalist. Correspondent for ABC of Spain in Peru. Author of the books Punche Peru, Chincaqkuna, the Disappeared of Peru and co-author of Half Monks, Half Soldiers with Pedro Salinas. Look for her as @Larryportera on Twitter.

Rocío Silva-Santisteban is an ecofeminist, activist, writer, university professor and currently Congresswoman of the Republic of Peru for the left-wing coalition Frente Amplio. She has a PhD in literature from Boston University, with studies in gender and law. She has been a consultant on issues of human rights, gender and ecoterritorial conflicts for UNICEF, OXFAM, Red Muqui, DIAKONIA, IWGIA, Terre des Hommes, among others; between 2011-2015, she was in charge of the executive direction of the National Human Rights Coordinator of Peru. She is currently a senior lecturer at Ruiz de Montoya University and a member of the International Tribunal for the Rights of Nature.

Eduardo Dargent is a professor of political science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. His teachings and interests include political economy, comparative public policy, and the state of the developing world. It has been published in Comparative Politics, the Journal of Latin American Studies, and the Journal of Politics in Latin America. His book Technocracy and Democracy in Latin America (New York: CUP) was published in 2015.

Cynthia McClintock is a professor of political science at George Washington University. Her last book is Electoral Rules and Democracy in Latin America (Oxford University Press, 2018). She is also the co-editor of The Peruvian Experiment Reconsidered (Princeton University Press, 1983) and co-author of The United States and Peru: Cooperation at a Cost (Routledge, 2003). She was the president of the Latin American Studies Association in 1994-95, a member of the Council of the American Political Science Association (APSA) in 1999-2000, and chair of APSA’s Section on Comparative Democratization in 2003-05. Awarded a Fulbright grant, she taught at the Catholic University in Peru in 1987, and in 2008 received the Orden del Sol del Perú (Order of the Sun of Peru, awarded by the Peruvian state for extraordinary contributions to Peru). In 2019, she won the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Latin American Studies Association’s Peru Section.

Jo-Marie Burt is a professor of political science at George Mason University and Senior Fellow to the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA). She served as an investigator for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Peru, and as an international observer for WOLA in the criminal proceedings against the former president of Peru, Alberto Fujimori. She was Visiting Professor at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (PUCP) in 2006 as a Fulbright scholar and in 2010 as the Alberto Flores Galindo Chair. In 2011, she was recognized by the government of Peru with the Order of Merit, in the Degree of Grand Officer, for Distinguished Service in Defense of Democracy, the Rule of Law and Rights in Peru. Her book, Violence and Authoritarianism in Peru: Under the Shadow of Sendero and the Fujimori Dictatorship, was published by the Institute for Peruvian Studies in a second edition in 2011. 


Simultaneous interpretation from Spanish to English will be available.