Former Honduran president to join panel discussion on Latin American democracy

Author: Arts and Letters


Ricardo Maduro Joest, former president of Honduras, will join a group of distinguished scholars of Latin American politics to discuss “Democratic Governance in Latin America” at 4:15p.m. Thursday (April 12) in the Hesburgh Center auditorium at the University of Notre Dame.

The speakers will discuss the present condition of democratic regimes in Latin America and suggest reasons for optimism or pessimism in the region.

Maduro served as president of Honduras from 2002 to 2006, the sixth president to be elected since 1982, when democratic elections replaced more than a decade of military rule. Under his presidency, Honduras negotiated and ratified the U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement.

With Maduro on the panel will be Kenneth M. Roberts, professor of government at Cornell University and author of “Deepening Democracy? The Modern Left and Social Movements in Chile and Peru”; Deborah J. Yashar, professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University and author of “Contesting Citizenship in Latin America: The Rise of Indigenous Movements and the Post-liberal Challenge”; and Jaime Ros, professor of economics at Notre Dame and author of “Development Theory and the Economics of Growth.”

Contact: Kelly S. Roberts, publications and communications manager at the Kellogg Institute, at 574-631-9184 or

Originally published by Michael O. Garvey at on April 09, 2007.