Kelman Seminar: Ecuador’s Current Tragedy: From an Island of Peace to the Most Violent Country in Latin America

Event Date: Thursday September 28, 2023
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution presents:

Ecuador’s Current Tragedy:
From an Island of Peace to the Most Violent Country in Latin America

A virtual talk with:

Jamil Mahuad

Jamil Mahuad
President, Ecuador (1998-2000)
Faculty, Executive Education, Harvard Kennedy School
Post Doc Fellow, Program on Negotiation, Harvard Law School

 

Thursday, September 28, 2023
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm, ET (US and Canada)
Free and open to the public.

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This session will be recorded. Pending approval, we will post the recorded webinar on this page after the session.

 

About the talk:

Last month, an Ecuadorian presidential candidate, Fernando Villavicencio, was assassinated in Quito, in front of his followers, one week and a half before the election. Like certain other Latin American countries, Ecuador faces the difficulty of governing angry and impoverished masses, terrorized by armed bands of narcotraffickers, amid scarce economic resources and decreasing support for democracy. Will Ecuador be able to return to the calm atmosphere of the past or is it an irreversible process towards more deterioration? May a combination of leadership and negotiation tools help to face these terrible problems?

In a candid conversation, Jamil Mahuad will explore the difficulties for improving the current situation in Ecuador and offer tools for change.

About the speaker:

Jamil Mahuad was President of Ecuador (1998-2000), Mayor of Quito (1992-1998) and MP (1986-1988 and 1990-1992).

President Mahuad is a Nobel Peace Prize Nominee (1999) for his role in negotiating and signing the definitive Peace Treaty with neighbor country Peru, which “Resolved the last and oldest source of international armed conflict in this Hemisphere”, former US President William J. Clinton remarked.

He is a recipient of the World Wildlife Fund’s Gift to the Earth Award (1999) for his leading example in protecting the tropical rain forest in the Ecuadorian headwaters of the Amazon River.

President Mahuad has been a Board Member of The Abraham Path Initiative, Member of the Global Advisory Council of Mediators Beyond Borders and Honorary Board Member of the Adaptive Leadership Network.

He has lectured at many world-renowned universities, teaches Leadership and Negotiation as part of the Executive Education Faculty at the Harvard Kennedy School and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School.

President Mahuad is a contributing author to Beyond Reason, (2005) by Roger Fisher and Daniel Shapiro. In 2021, he published a memoir of his presidency titled Así dolarizamos al Ecuador, the best-selling book in Ecuador that year.

About the Herbert C. Kelman Seminar Series:

The Herbert C. Kelman Seminar on International Conflict Analysis and Resolution series is sponsored by the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School and The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. The seminar considers ways to strengthen the capacity to prevent, resolve, and transform ethnonational conflicts.

 For more information on the Kelman Seminar Series, contact Donna Hicks at dhicks@wcfia.harvard.edu.

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