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Punching Above Your Weight in International Affairs

October 17th, 2014

At a recent event in San José co-hosted by CIAPA, the newly elected president of Costa Rica, Luis Guillermo Solís, presented his vision of a…  read more

Political Party Fragmentation: A Pejorative Term?

June 13th, 2014

At a recent workshop a group of scholars analyzing the post-electoral state of a particular party system expressed concern about utilizing the term “party fragmentation.”…  read more

Elections and Democracy in Central America

March 20th, 2014

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El preocupante panorama de la estabilidad democrática en Centroamérica

July 25th, 2013

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Rules That Bind Us

January 10th, 2013

The standoff presently underway in Venezuela regarding the treatment of constitutional precepts in light of President Chavez’ illness poses a larger question for regional democracy…  read more

"Saludos desde San Jose!" written by Jack Mace

November 21st, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

"RA blog" written by Amanda McLearn-Montz

November 21st, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

"Developing Understanding Through Studying Abroad" by Porter Reim

October 24th, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

"Living Latina" written by Currin Wallis

October 24th, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

"CIAPA Early Experience" written by Courtney Smith

October 15th, 2012

I am handing over my blog on the CIAPA Experience to the students participating in the program. This way you all can have a better…  read more

Why Students Should Study Abroad Early in their Academic Careers

October 4th, 2012

Studying abroad instills a lifelong passion for engaging in intercultural connection. In my opinion, the earlier this experience happens, the better. My first experience going…  read more

What Can We Conclude From the Cartagena Summit?

April 18th, 2012

A lot of hand wringing and snickering is going on in the press about the inability to reach any agreements during the hemispheric conference held…  read more

School Vouchers: What Louisiana can Learn from Chile

March 15th, 2012

In light of Governor Jindal’s proposal to vastly expand Louisiana’s school voucher system it might be useful to consider the track record of similar programs…  read more

Guide to Stone Center Blogging

March 5th, 2012

Welcome to the Stone Center, CIPR and CCSI Guide to Blogging! This will give you the basic information you need to begin blogging through our…  read more

Key Issues for the Latin American Region in 2012

February 10th, 2012

At a recent informal workshop, Olivier Dabene, director of political science at Science Po, shared some interesting thoughts about potentially defining issues for Latin American…  read more

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Consulate of Mexico Presents "Los Demonios de mi Tierra" Photo Exhibit

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The Consulate of Mexico in New Orleans presents the photographic exhibition:

Los Demonios de mi Tierra
by Mexican Artist Mauricio Silerio

Opening Reception
July 7th, 2016 at 6:00 PM

Art Gallery of the Mexican Consulate
901 Convention Center Blvd. Ste. 118
New Orleans, LA 70130

Exploring the 2016 US Elections

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The US’s November elections are especially critical. The world’s power structures are undergoing dramatic changes, and so the internal political process of this world leader has even greater global consequences.

Looking beyond just the US’s foreign policy is key to understanding its actions. Over the next few months, the teaching programs at several Costa Rican institutions will focus on the following:

  • An analysis of succession of power within institutional structures.
  • The role of political parties (polarization).
  • The influence of changing demographics.
  • The geographic expression of social change.
  • The effect of the democratic process in the formulation and implementation of the US’s foreign policy towards Latin American in particular.

The University of Costa Rica, through its School of Political Science, and the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Políticos (CIEP), has joined forces with the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones y su Instituto de Formación y Estudios en Democracia (IFED), as well as with the University of Tulane, through its Center for Inter-American Policy and Research (CIPR), for a series of outreach activities during the second half of 2016. These activities will utilize the resources at these educational and research institutions to promote a better understanding of the electoral process in the US.

The results of this upcoming election will have repercussions for the world, particularly in Latin American and Costa Rica. A broader, deeper understanding of the current situation will be useful for both universities and public policy decision-makers.

Participating institutions are confident that a proper analysis of this political process will lead to improved understanding and cooperation between the two nations.

Schedule of Activities

August

  • Thursday, 8/18: Talk on the United States’ electoral system by Diego Brenes, IFED.

September
  • Thursday, 9/1: Discussion on demographics and electoral geography in the US with Constantino Urcuyo and Jesús Guzmán.
  • Thursday, 9/22: Talk on Politics and Elections: Celeste Lay, Phd. Tulane University.

October
  • Thursday, 10/13: Discussion on elections and external politics: Carlos Murillo, Phd. in government and public policy.
  • Thursday, 10/27: Talk by Jenny Lincoln Fullbright from the US Embassy.

November
  • Monday, 11/10: Round table. Analysis of election results with Constantino Urcuyo, Felipe Alpízar, Nuria Marín, and Fernando Zeledón as moderator.