Bolivia: A Country Divided

Washington, D.C.

April 1, 2009

Bolivia is a country that continues to be deeply divided, and Evo Morales, the country's first indigenous president, has not emerged as the great unifier that many initially believed he would be. Under his presidency, tensions with the United States have grown, and the divisions are getting even deeper. The radical course that Bolivia is following has taken place under the aegis of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez.

In order to delve deeper into the situation in Bolivia, Hudson Institute's Center for Latin American Studies, in partnership with IFPA, was pleased to hold a discussion featuring some of the region's most noted experts:

Javier Comboni is the Jean and E. Floyd Kvamme Professor of Political Economy and director of the J. Dennis Hastert Center for Economics, Government and Public Policy, Wheaton College, and former minister of finance in Bolivia.

Marlene Fernandez is the former Bolivian ambassador to the Orgnaization od American States (OAS) and the United States, and former parliamentarian.

Eduardo Paz is the president of the Business Chamber of Santa Cruz, Bolivia.

John P. Walters is executive vice president at the Hudson Institute and former director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House.

Jaime Daremblum, (moderator) is director of the Hudson Institute's Center for Latin American Studies. The former Costa Rican Ambassador to the U.S., Daremblum has written widely on threats to democracy in Latin America.