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The Bildner Center brings together scholars, policymakers, civil society leaders, and other stakeholders to further understand and foster policy-oriented research concerning the governance, security, and economic well-being of peoples in the Americas.

The center's mission is to create a shared community of specialists in the Americas and organizations to forward understanding of the complexities of social, economic, political, cultural, and ecological life in the Western Hemisphere. The major program areas are:
  • Transitions and Reform Processes in a Global Context
  • Developing Human and Social Capital
  • Democratic Governance and Human Security
  • Transnational Communities
  • Global Cooperation and Regional Integration

Founded in 1982 with the support of businessman and philanthropist Albert Bildner, the Center has been directed by sociologist Mauricio Font since 2000.

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