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The CSIS Americas Program anchors the center’s work on this region with the objective to elevate the discussion to the strategic level. CSIS’s programming primarily focuses on the effect of impunity and abuse of power on defense and security sector priorities, the impact that the erosion of democratic practices and institutions has on vulnerable populations, and the consequences of forced displacement and involuntary migration. 

The Americas Program collaborates closely with other CSIS Programs, including the Project on Prosperity and Development, the Economics Program, the Scholl Chair in International Business, the International Security Program, the Transnational Threats Program, and the Global Health Policy Center.

For more information on the Americas Program at CSIS and their various initiatives and ongoing projects, please click here.

Find the latest research from our scholars and CSIS events on these topics below.

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The CSIS Americas Program anchors the center’s work on this region with the objective to elevate the discussion to the strategic level. CSIS’s programming primarily focuses on the effect of impunity and abuse of power on defense and security sector priorities, the impact that the erosion of democratic practices and institutions has on vulnerable populations, and the consequences of forced displacement and involuntary migration. 

The Americas Program collaborates closely with other CSIS Programs, including the Project on Prosperity and Development, the Economics Program, the Scholl Chair in International Business, the International Security Program, the Transnational Threats Program, and the Global Health Policy Center.

For more information on the Americas Program at CSIS and their various initiatives and ongoing projects, please click here.

Find the latest research from our scholars and CSIS events on these topics below.

    The Venezolana Perspective: Women and the Venezuelan Crisis

    The Venezolana Perspective: Women and the Venezuelan Crisis

    Please join CSIS’ Future of Venezuela Initiative and Smart Women, Smart Power Intiative for a discussion on how girls and women have been disproportionately affected by the humanitarian crisis in Venezuela and what is being done to address gender-specific issues.


    The severe humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has had significant impacts on the female population both inside and outside the country. This event will address the impact the humanitarian crisis is having both on women who remain in Venezuela and who have fled, the importance of including women in politics, and the importance of incorporating women into decision-making positions to shape the future of Venezuela.


    Following keynote remarks via video by UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore, a panel of experts will discuss the humanitarian impact of the crisis on women, girls, and other vulnerable populations. A second panel will later discuss the positive implications of including women in political decision-making roles. This event will feature members of the Venezuelan National Assembly, U.S. government representatives, academics, U.S. and local NGOs, representatives from the Organization of the American States, among others.



    9:30 am – Welcome remarks



    9:32 am – Video Keynote Remarks by Henrietta Fore



    9:45 am – Panel #1– Humanitarian Impact on Women, Girls, and other Vulnerable Populations



    10:30 am – Moderated Audience Q&A



    10:45 am – Coffee Break



    11:00 am – Panel #2 – Positive Implications of Including Women in Political Roles



    11:45 am – Moderated Audience Q&A

                                             

    12:00 pm – Event Ends

     
    This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

    • 2 hrs 13 min
    Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela: The Need for a Global Response

    Humanitarian Aid to Venezuela: The Need for a Global Response

    Please join the CSIS Future of Venezuela Initiative for a discussion on the international community’s response to Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis and why international aid is crucial for Venezuela and Venezuelans.

    Compared to other countries in crisis such as Syria, South Sudan, and Myanmar, Venezuela receives significantly less humanitarian aid from the international community. Venezuela’s humanitarian crisis is yet to be a significant donor priority, despite levels of displacement that rival Syria's (currently more than 15 percent of Venezuela’s entire population), and disease and hunger levels comparable to those found in sub-Saharan Africa.
     
    Following the keynote, a panel of CSIS experts will discuss the importance of humanitarian assistance from multiple angles, including the mitigation of destabilizing factors in the region, addressing increasing flows of refugees and forced migrants to other countries, the health implications of this ongoing crisis on the population, and the steps the international community can take to assist Venezuela.

    This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.

    • 1 hr 28 min
    Can the Rio Treaty Help Venezuela?

    Can the Rio Treaty Help Venezuela?

    Please join the CSIS Future of Venezuela Initiative to discuss the implications of invoking the Inter-American Treaty of Reciprocal Assistance, known as the Rio Treaty or TIAR for its initials in Spanish.

    Member countries of the Rio Treaty agreed in September 2019 to implement economic and political measures against targeted members of the Nicolás Maduro regime in Venezuela. As part of the treaty, members countries agreed to sanction and extradite Venezuelan governments officials who participate in drug trafficking, terrorist activities, organized crime, and human rights violations. They also agreed to freeze these members’ assets.

    During this event, our speakers will discuss the political, diplomatic, and economic implications of using the Rio Treaty to further address the crisis in Venezuela. The discussion will be moderated by CSIS’ Moises Rendon.

    Additional panelists will be announced shortly.

    This event was made possible through general support to CSIS.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Refreshing Transatlantic Trade Relations

    Refreshing Transatlantic Trade Relations

    The CSIS Scholl Chair is honored to be hosting Mr. Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Trade, on his first official visit to Washington, DC in his new role. In her Mission Letter to him, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tasked Mr. Hogan with creating a level playing field for all, strengthening Europe's global trade leadership, building sustainable trade in light of climate change, and making trade more transparent. Join the Scholl Chair as we discuss with Mr. Hogan this mandate, refreshing the Transatlantic trading relationship with the new European Commission, and looking to 2020 and beyond in the world of trade. Commissioner for Trade since December 2019, Mr. Hogan of Ireland was previously European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development from 2014-2019.


    This event is made possible through general support to CSIS.

    • 1 hr 20 min
    The Return of Tariff Man

    The Return of Tariff Man

    In this episode, Andrew and the Trade Guys discuss the Trump administration's threat to Argentina and Brazil of tariffs on their steel and aluminum industry. They also dive into President Trump's decision to move ahead with tariffs on France over their plans for a digital services tax. Finally, the three react to the president's remarks on waiting until after the election for a trade deal with China.

    Download the full transcript here.

    • 23 min
    AMLO's First Year in Office: Challenges and Opportunities

    AMLO's First Year in Office: Challenges and Opportunities

    Please join the CSIS Americas Program on Monday, December 2 at 3:00pm for a public panel on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s (AMLO) first year in office. During his first year in office AMLO has enjoyed a record-high approval rating. However, the past year has seen rising levels of violence, and AMLO has clashed with the Trump administration on issues such as trade and immigration. The panel discussion will feature U.S. and Mexico-based experts who will discuss the challenges and successes of the AMLO administration’s first year, specifically with regards to security, the economy, and the fight against corruption. The panel will also assess what domestic and international issues the administration is likely to prioritize over the next five years in office.

    This event is made possible by general support to CSIS.

    • 1 hr 24 min

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