Hudson Institute: Challenges of Radical Populism
Since 2007, in association with the Hudson Institute, IFPA has examined radical populism in Latin America in order to provide policy recommendations to leaders of government and civil society to help counter anti-democratic forces and authoritarianism.
The series will build on recent seminars, which have amply demonstrated the importance of limiting radical populism as a fertile breeding ground for anti-American activity in Latin America.
The questions to be addressed in upcoming seminars focus on possible responses to the creeping advance of radical populism in Latin America. Specifically, how can the United States encourage opposition to radical populism?
As part of the seminar series the organizers propose to convene a panel whose focus will be lessons learned, together with proposals for action derived from such lessons to combat radical populist threats to democracy.
The series organizers will continue to invite key U.S. decision makers from the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council, members and staff from Congress, and from outside the U.S. government.
Presentations or meetings will also be arranged with key senators and representatives from both parties. The diverse mix of participants will assure a stream of well-publicized ideas that would stimulate greater discussion in academia, the media, and political arena. As in the past year, seminars will be designed to stimulate new ideas on how to confront the challenges to democracy represented by Latin American populism and to educate members of the official policy community and those outside government on vitally important issues.