Susanne Gratius, investigadora sénior asociada, CIDOB
To contribute to strengthening the capacities of Catalonia and Spain for making contributions to the processes of social and economic development and of democratic consolidation in Latin America and, at the same time, to fostering the exchange of knowledge and experiences among the societies and institutions on both sides of the Atlantic. With this, the Programme seeks to strengthen Barcelona as a pole of reflection focusing on topics of interest to Latin America which link the academic world with public institutions and private agents.
It aims to generate and stimulate research through the production, dissemination and publication of it, as well as to organise stable areas of research and consolidate exchange networks among experts and institutions. We offer a space for exchanging information and opinions in order to engage in in-depth debate on issues of importance, topicality and broad repercussions among the different intellectual, political and economic sectors, both public and private, and to contribute to generating opinion. Finally, the Programme aims to establish an observatory on the actors, processes and important issues in priority areas and offer quality, up-to-date training in the areas of work.
Susanne Gratius, investigadora sénior asociada, CIDOB
Eduard Soler i Lecha, investigador sénior, CIDOB (coordinated and edited)
Anna Ayuso, investigadora sénior, CIDOB
Matias Mongan, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Ignacio Mendiola and José Ángel Brandariz , Scientific Coordinators
Francesc Fàbregues y Oriol Farrés, gestores de proyectos, CIDOB (coord.)
Anna Ayuso, investigadora sénior, CIDOB y Susanne Gratius, investigadora asociada, CIDOB y profesora de la Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
Jordi Bacaria Colom, profesor de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona e investigador sénior asociado de CIDOB
On 13 April, Enestor Dos Santos (BBVA Research Department) presented his paper: "Financial stability and the role of banking in Brazil." In his address, Dos Santos stressed that Brazil and its banks had successfully escaped the effects of the current global economic crisis.
The Miami-Florida European Union Center of Excellence and the Jean Monnet Chair at the University of Miami, sponsored by the Cultural Corporation Programme of Spain's Ministry of Culture, organised the seminar “Spain in the European Union and the state of Latin American integration”, which was held at the University of Miami on 5 February.
On 16 November 2009, the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Heinrich Böll Stiftung Foundation jointly organised a conference in Washington (USA) to debate the existing political options for the United States, Europe and the Western Hemisphere with respect to Cuba. The event included presentations by Cynthia Arnson, Director of the Latin America Programme at the Woodrow Wilson Center; Anna Ayuso, Coordinator of CIDOB's Latin America Programme, Karl Buck, from the Council of the European Union; Carlo Dade, from FOCAL Canada; Dan Fisk, from the International Republican Institute; Susanne Gratius, from FRIDE; Jorge Heine, from the Wilfrid Laurier University; the ambassador John Maisto; Stephen Wilkinson, from the London Metropolitan University and Bisa Williams, from the US State Department, all of whom subsequently debated with a selected group of experts.
The University of Cologne (Germany) dedicated the 2009 LATIF International Congress to studying the alternatives between reform and revolution in Cuba, at a time that coincides with the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the Cuban revolution, and with the political succession between Fidel and Raúl Castro.
The systematic attack by armed actors on the indigenous peoples in the internal conflict afflicting Colombia is conspiring against their very existence. With the aim of raising awareness about this society, the Colectivo Maloka (sponsored by the ACCD and with support from CIDOB) organised the seminar “Indigenous peoples; the struggle for life and dignity in the framework of conflict in Colombia", an event that was attended by prominent indigenous leaders who have experienced this reality at first hand.
The State in Latin America: Building bridges for social cohesion?
The current crisis is creating new challenges in Latin America. Thus, the subject for debate on the course "The States and social cohesion in Latin America: A view in light of the crisis" was the need to rethink public policies linked with social cohesion. The course was directed by José Luís Machinea, Director of the Raúl Prebich Chair at the University of Alcalá and ex-Minister of Economic Affairs for Argentina.
Anna Ayuso and Gemma Pinyol, the respective coordinators of the Latin America and Migrations Programmes CIDOB, participated in Malaga in Rethinking democracy: inclusion and diversity, the 9th Conference of the Spanish Association of Political Science and Administration (AECPA).
28th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association.
From 11 to 14 June, three researchers from the CIDOB Foundation – Anna Ayuso, Coordinator of the Latin America Programme, and the researchers Francesc Bayo and Mariana Foglia – participated as discussion panellists at the 28th International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association LASA 2009, held in Río de Janeiro.
The policy of abandonment is the main cause of the absence of government in Ciudad Juárez.
On 7 May, Guadalupe González and Ferran Martínez i Coma, researchers from the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (Centre for Research and Teaching in Economics, or CIDE) of Mexico, presented their research study “The Americas and the World. Foreign policy and public opinion in Colombia, Chile, Mexico and Peru 2008”.
El proyecto intenta brindar un breve análisis sobre las relaciones entre América Latina y el Caribe (ALC) y los países de Europa Central y Oriental (ECO) pertenecientes a la UE.
Desarrollo y recursos en territorios indígenas. Un trabajo comparado desde los derechos, la participación de las Comunidades y los impactos de las intervenciones de agentes públicos y privados.
The CIDOB-OCP Policy Center partnership project deals with the Western Mediterranean Cooperation and Integration Potential. Within this framework it focuses on sustainable agriculture, food security and the water-energy-food nexus in particular.
El evento reunió a 31 especialistas para analizar hacia dónde debe evolucionar la asociación estratégica entre la UE y América Latina para adaptarse a los cambios del contexto internacional lleno de incertidumbres en general y en particular la nueva etapa de relación con Cuba.
El Foro Europa Cuba es un consorcio de instituciones creado para fortalecer las relaciones de la Unión Europea con Cuba y promover una agenda de cooperación conjunta.