Regional Briefing Luncheon: Latin America

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When: Friday, March 1st. 11:45 – 2:00pm

Who: Speakers Todd Greentree, Rachel Kleinfeld, and Bill Stanley will explore many of the major issues confronting Latin America today, from the implosion of Venezuela to the political shifts in Brazil to the ongoing struggles in Central America.

Where: Estancia Primera Clubhouse. 450 Avenida Primera South. Lunch will be served at 12:00, and the speaker program will begin at 12:30.

Tickets: $40 for one, and $75 for two*. Available here. Lunch catered by Sabor Peruano.

Join CIR for our very first Regional Briefing Luncheon, where we’ll take a deep dive into the issues defining our neighbors to the south. How will Venezuela’s current crisis end: with a coup, massive emigration – or worse? How will the election of the far-right Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil reshape that leading country and economy? How can we come to terms with decades of unrest in Central America? What is China’s emerging role in Latin America? And how can we better understand the region’s New Right and New Left? We’ll be joined by three prominent and outstanding speakers to shed light on all of this, and so much more.

Todd Greentree is a former Foreign Service Officer who served in El Salvador from 1981-82, a time when violence from local “death squads” was at its peak. He also served in Afghanistan from 2008-2012, the height of what was then termed the Global War on Terror. Greentree has lived as a diplomat in conflict zones; his work has included encounters with Oliver North in Central America and close collaboration with the U.S. military’s “Stryker Brigade” in Afghanistan. He is a frequent writer for War on the Rocks.


Dr. Rachel Kleinfeld is a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, where she focuses on issues of rule of law, security, and governance in post-conflict countries, fragile states, and states in transition. As the founding CEO of the Truman National Security Project, she spent nearly a decade leading a movement of national security, political, and military leaders working to promote people and policies that strengthen security, stability, rights, and human dignity in America and around the world. In 2011, former secretary of state Hillary Clinton appointed Kleinfeld to the Foreign Affairs Policy Board, which advises the secretary of state quarterly, a role she served through 2014. Her most recent book is A Savage Order, for which CIR recently hosted a book signing event.


William (Bill) Stanley is the Director of the Latin American and Iberian Institute at UNM. His work has focused on civil wars, political violence, international peacekeeping, and post-conflict reforms to state institutions including police, military, and judiciaries, with a regional emphasis on Central America. He has begun a research program on climate change politics, examining the impact of international agreements on the carbon intensity of national economies, as well as adaptation efforts in Latin America. He teaches across both the international relations and comparative politics subfields, including specialized courses on international peacekeeping, civil wars, Central American politics, and the international politics of climate change. Read more on Bill here.


Tickets are available here.