Farewell, Monroe Doctrine

President Obama could earn broad support in Latin America by formally acknowledging that this archaic and unilateral U.S. policy has expired.

Arts Event: Where Rivers Meet

Arts Event: Where Rivers Meet

This special event will feature poetry and art by Francisco Letelier and music by Jacqueline Fuentes. Join us on October 14 at the Letelier Theater (named in honor of Orlando Letelier) as these artists create a vision of possibility through images, words and music.




Francisco Letelier is well-known for his moving visual art, as well as for his powerful spoken word poetry, which examines and celebrates struggles for human rights. He is the son of Orlando Letelier, the Chilean diplomat who was assassinated by agents of Pinochet in Washington, DC in 1976, on his way to work at the Institute for Policy Studies. Francisco has carried on the legacy of Chilean culture, creating opportunities which bridge continents and disciplines.

Jacqueline Fuentes is an intense experience, a fusion of love, awareness and revolution. Audiences are mesmerized by the power of her voice and the beauty of her lyrics. The volatile political injustices of her native Chile, culminating with the 1973 coup d’etat, gave a voice to folk music and the plight of the people it represented. Jacqueline was heavily influenced by this movement and by such great artists as Mercedes Sosa and Violeta Parra, not only for the beauty of their music but how it had the power to move so many people. Crossing the boundaries of language, religion, and geography their music formed a collective of inspiration and solidarity.

This event is free but seating is limited. Entrance to the building is in the courtyard. See their website for more information.

Please RSVP to emilyh@ips-dc.org. 

This performance is in honor of this year’s Letelier-Moffit Human Rights awardees, the Indian Workers Congress and Francisco Soberón and Asociación Pro Derechos Humanos (APRODEH) of Peru for their courageous advocacy of human rights.  The Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights awards program will take place Wednesday, October 15, at the National Press Club — visit the event page for more details or to purchase tickets.


Patricio Zamorano in Concert

Patricio Zamorano in Concert

The Institute for Policy Studies is pleased to join the Embassy of Chile and Georgetown University’s Center for Latin American Studies to sponsor this concert by Patricio Zamorano, an award-winning performer and composer of Latin American folk music.

Concierto de Fiestas Patrias
Free Admission
RSVP: cultural@embassyofchile.org / 202-530-4118

Location of ICC Auditorium
This auditorium is one and a half blocks from the campus entrance at the corner of 37th and O Streets in Georgetown.

Special guests:

Roberto Brodsky, Chilean writer
Juan Maldonado, Guitarist
Mauricio Betanzo, Cellist
Philippe de Pontet, Percussionist
Kevin Williams, Sound Technician

About Patricio Zamorano

His mentors in Chile were Margot Loyola, winner of the National Art Award and the most respected folk specialist in that country, and Cuncumén, a music group with 50 years of history, where Victor Jara started out on his music path. Even though his roots are in the Chilean folk tradition, he has developed an urban style in his compositions with a message focused on the human being and his/her history, social issues, human rights, and also love and hope for a better world.

He plays some of the most traditional South American instruments: guitar, charango, tiple, cuatro, ukelele, quena, zampoña, and ravel.

He has revived all rhythms from the depths of his country and culture, and projected them on to the urban world and stages. He has also gathered old folk songs directly from musicians in the Chilean countryside; these songs are also part of his repertoire.

Patricio Zamorano has performed on many stages both in Chile and the United States, including TV and radio programs, theaters, schools, universities, clubs, cultural centers, libraries, and embassies; also political events to support human and civil rights. In Chile, as part of Cuncumén he performed at the most important national theater, the Teatro Municipal of Santiago, a venue normally reserved for classical repertoire, which opens its doors to folk music and artists on rare occasions.

Zamorano and the members of Cuncumén are winners of the 1996 award for best folklore album from the Association of Journalists Covering Entertainment (Premio APES) and he’s a  member of the Sociedad del Derecho de Autor, SCD (Chilean performing rights organization).

More information can be found at the Chilean Embassy website.




Film Screening:  The Judge and the General

Film Screening: The Judge and the General

This screening of "The Judge and the General" will be the Washington, DC, premiere of this important documentary exploring the personal transformation of Chilean judge Juan Guzmán, the 2005 recipient of the Letelier-Moffitt Human Rights Award.  For more than 30 years, IPS has hosted this awards program in the names of two colleagues, Orlando Letelier and Ronni Karpen Moffitt, who were assassinated by agents of Pinochet in 1976.

About the film: When in 1998 Chilean judge Juan Guzmán was assigned the first criminal cases against the country’s ex-dictator, General Augusto Pinochet, no one expected much. Guzmán had supported Pinochet’s 1973 coup — waged as an anti-Communist crusade — that left the democratically elected president, Salvador Allende, and thousands of others dead or "disappeared." The filmmakers trace the judge’s descent into what he calls "the abyss," where he uncovers the past — including his own role in the tragedy. "The Judge and the General" reveals one of the 20th century’s most notorious episodes and tells a cautionary tale about violating human rights in the name of "higher ideals."

About the filmmakers

Elizabeth Farnsworth, Producer/Director
Elizabeth Farnsworth was chief correspondent and principal substitute anchor on PBS’s The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer from 1995-2000. She then became a senior correspondent, reporting mostly from overseas. She now freelances for The NewsHour and makes documentaries.

Patricio Lanfranco, Producer/Director
Patricio Lanfranco, a Chilean citizen living in Santiago, has been a researcher and producer for two decades. As senior producer of the news department of Chilean National TV (TVN), he produced the live television coverage of the 1995 trial of Manuel Contreras, former chief of Pinochet’s secret police, for the 1976 Washington, D.C. murder of Orlando Letelier. Letelier worked at the Institute for Policy Studies at the time of his assassination. Because of the broadcast, Chileans were able for the first time to watch attorneys present evidence in an official setting of human rights crimes committed by the secret police.

For additional information on screenings in other cities and TV broadcasts, see:  www.westwindproductions.org/the-judge-and-the-general.html

Flooding the Future

Gigantic dams have returned to Latin America, reports columnist Laura Carlsen, and they’re just as destructive as the old ones.

Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development: Lessons from the Americas

 Sarah Anderson, Director of IPS Global Economy Project, will be among the speakers discussing a new report: “Foreign Investment and Sustainable Development: Lessons from the Americas” at this event sponsored by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and the Heinrich Böll Foundation.

Other speakers will include:

Eduardo Zepeda, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

Liane Schalatek, Heinrich Böll Foundation

Kevin Gallagher, Assistant Professor of International Relations, Boston University, Research Associate, Global Development and Environment Institute, Tufts University

Andres Lopez, Director of the Centro de Investigaciones para la Transformación, and Professor of Economics, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Eva Paus, Professor of Economics and the Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives at Mount Holyoke College

Nicola Borregaard, Director of the National Energy Efficiency Program for the Government of Chile and advisor to the Chilean Minister of Economy

Maryse Robert is chief of the Trade Section in the Department of Trade and Tourism at the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS)

For a copy of the report and background papers see:


Please RSVP to Evelina Yeghiyan at EYeghiyan@CarnegieEndowment.org by noon on Wednesday, June 18.

Mexico’s Battle over Oil

Mexico’s Battle over Oil

The Mexican government wants to put its national oil industry into private hands, reports columnist Laura Carlsen, but it’s going to be a tough sell.

Food Safety on the Butcher’s Block

Washington is using new free trade agreements to push U.S. food–and food safety standards–down the throats of other countries.

Trouble in Tibet

From Beijing’s perspective, the debt to Tibet has been paid back. Many Tibetens think differently.

Yankees Head Home

The U.S. Military reconfigures its unpopular presence in Latin America.