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Windows of Opportunities & Challenges for Transition in the Amazon

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Helder Zahluth Barbalho is a Brazilian administrator, politician, the current Governor of the state of Pará, President of the Consortium of Governors of the Legal Amazon, former Chief Minister of the National Secretariat of Ports, and Minister of Fishing and Aquaculture during the government of President Dilma Rousseff, and former Minister of National Integration, appointed by president Michel Temer. He has a bachelor’s degree in administration and an executive MBA in public administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas.

María Victoria Murillo is a Professor of Political Science and International Affairs and Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies at Columbia University. She works on political economy, electoral behavior, public policy, institutional weakness, and agricultural and conservation policies in Latin America and has published widely in the US and Latin America. Her most recent books include Non-Policy Politics: Richer Voter, Poorer Voter and the Diversification of Parties Electoral Strategies with Ernesto Calvo (Cambridge University Press, 2019) and Understanding Institutional Weakness: Power and Design in Latin American Institutions with Daniel Brinks and Steven Levitsky (Cambridge University Press 2019), which was published in Spanish by Siglo XXI as La Ley y la Trampa (2021). The three of them have edited The Politics of Institutional Weakness in Latin America (Cambridge University Press 2020).

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The event will have a simultaneous translation, and it will be hybrid

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Apr 27 2023


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


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International Affairs Building (Columbia University)
420 West 118th Street


Institute of Latin American Studies - Columbia University
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