Several national and international government officials, experts and policy analysts will share their insights about the evolving nature of democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean during a public forum Tuesday, Feb. 9, at the University of Central Florida.

“Latin America and the Caribbean: The Future of Democracy,” organized by the UCF Global Perspectives Office, will take place in the Cape Florida Ballroom of the Student Union from 2 to 5 p.m. The forum is free and open to the public.


Speakers include Ambassador Myles Frechette, a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, former president of the Council of the Americas and former U.S. ambassador to Colombia; Jorge Pinon, the energy fellow at the Center for Hemispheric Policy of the University of Miami and a member of the Brookings Institution task force on Cuba; Elsa Viteri, minister of finance in Ecuador; and Ray Walser, a senior policy analyst for Latin America at The Heritage Foundation and a former U.S. Foreign Service officer in Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico and Nicaragua.

In addition to the Global Perspectives Office, sponsors include the UCF Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies Program; UCF Political Science Department; UCF International Services Center; Lawrence J. Chastang and the Chastang Foundation; UCF LIFE; and the Global Connections Foundation.