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Honduras: Coup and Democracy

JUL 07, 2009 | 4:00 PM



The Graduate Center
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July 07, 2009: 4:00 PM




Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies



"Causes of the Coup: Political and Socio-Economic Conditions in Honduras since 2000"
Mark Ungar

Professor, Brooklyn College and The Graduate Center

"Political Crisis in Honduras: Role of the OAS and the Inter-American System"
Martin Poblete

Chairman, Columbia University Seminar on Latin America

"Comments on the Promotion of Democracy in the Americas"
Mauricio Font

Director and Professor, Bildner Center and The Graduate Center and Queens College

Moderator:  Desmond Arias

Associate Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice


About the Speakers:

Mark Ungar is Associate Professor of political science at Brooklyn College and of criminal justice at the CUNY Graduate Center. Publications include the books Elusive Reform: Democracy and the Rule of Law in Latin AmericaViolence and Politics: Globalization's Paradox; and the forthcoming Policing Democracy: Overcoming Obstacles to Citizen Security Reform in Latin America. Ungar has also been an advisor on police reform for international organizations and agencies in Latin America, including the national police and government of Honduras.  

Martin Poblete is Chairman of Columbia University’s Seminar on Latin America and Professor of History. His research focuses on matters of church and state relations, see From the Patronato to Pinochet, in Paul E. Sigmund editor: Religious Freedom and Evangelization in Latin America.

Mauricio Font is Director of the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies and Professor of Sociology at The Graduate Center and Queens College, City University of New York. His research examines problems of development and reform in Brazil, Cuba and Latin America as well as international cooperation in the Western Hemisphere. Prof. Font’s current research focuses in part on reform processes in Latin America, where institutional and social actors at all levels of government have been designing advanced approaches to address social needs, economic disparities, and world development.