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Argentina at the Crossroads

Argentinians face an escalating crisis of eroding democratic rights and economic freedoms. Over the last decade Argentinian leaders have seized nearly $30 billion in private pension funds, ended central bank independence, and have nationalized major industries. Voices of opposition from journalists, investors, and political leaders are being silenced through President Cristina Kirchner’s dismantling of independent media outlets, such as Argentina’s largest newspapers Clarín and La Nación.

With free markets and freedom of expression under attack, do Kirchner’s assertions of democratic governance ring true, or has Argentina become a “democracy in name only”?

On January 15, 2014, Hudson Institute’s Center for Latin American Studies hosted a panel of distinguished experts for a dicussion about the status of democracy in Argentina.

Amb. Jaime Daremblum Moderator

Senior Fellow and Director, Hudson Institute Center for Latin American Studies

Arturo C. Porzecanski Panelist

Director, American University International Economic Relations Program

Diego Ferro Panelist

Partner & Portfolio Manager, Greylock Capital Management

Hernán Iglesias Illa Panelist

Contributing correspondent, La Nación, Gatopardo, Orsai, and Rolling Stone

Amb. Lino Gutiérrez Panelist

CEO, Gutiérrez Global LLC, and former U.S. ambassador to Argentina

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