WOLA: Advocacy for Human Rights in the Americas
Event

Soldiers, Police, and Politics: Civil-Military Relations in Latin America Today

1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday, 9 May 2019
1666 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC

(AP Photo/Fernando Antonio)

The Washington Office on Latin America invites you to a brown bag discussion:

Soldiers, Police, and Politics: Civil-Military Relations in Latin America Today

Smooth relations between armed forces and civilians have been a constant challenge since most Latin American states transitioned from dictatorship to democracy in the 1980s. This challenge is mounting today, as elected populists seek to politicize the military, as leaders urge soldiers to play internal policing roles, and as the U.S. government de-emphasizes democracy and human rights promotion.

Since September 2018, WOLA’s director for defense oversight, Adam Isacson, has accompanied a team of graduate researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy who have been investigating today’s civil-military challenges in the Western Hemisphere. Each researcher has done a “deep dive” into an urgent or emerging issue.

Join us as this new generation of scholars presents the product of their months of work.

 

Thursday, May 9, 2019
1:00-2:30 p.m. ET
Conference Room, Washington Office on Latin America:
1666 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 400, Washington DC

Panelists:

  • David Klabanoff: Populism and Civil-Military Relations: Brazil, Mexico and El Salvador
  • Jacob Loewner: Mexico’s National Guard: A Turning Point or the Same Old Story?
  • Jesse Rao: What’s New About the Colombian Government’s New Security Policy
  • Jasmine Snead: What We Know about Venezuela’s Military

Moderator: I.M. Destler, Saul I. Stern Professor, University of Maryland School of Public Policy