March 9, 2010, 12:15 pm
By The Carter Center
A series of experts, including Carter Center Americas Program Director Jennifer McCoy and former Latin American leaders, will convene on March 15 at Georgia State University (GSU) to analyze recent democratic crises in the region, including the Honduran coup and recent events in Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Venezuela.
The speakers are part of the Friends of the Democratic Charter, a group of former presidents, prime ministers, and Cabinet ministers from the Western Hemisphere who seek to increase the visibility of the Inter-American Democratic Charter and to prevent democratic tensions from erupting into crises. The Friends visit countries to assess democratic tensions, encourage citizens and governments to make use of international resources to defend their democracies and resolve constitutional conflicts, and recommend ways for the OAS to apply the charter in a constructive and preventative manner. The Carter Center serves as secretariat for the Friends.
The GSU event is free and open to the public, and takes place from 3-7 p.m. at GSU’s Rialto theater. For more information, Georgia State University public forum flyer (PDF).
Listen to Jennifer McCoy discuss the significance of the GSU event.
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