Latin America 2020

The third annual Latin America conference will reflect on the economic, political, social and geopolitical impact of COVID-19 for the region, and the response so far. 

16 November 2020 TO 17 November 2020 — 1:00PM TO 6:15PM

Latin America Conference 2020: The Region’s Challenges post-COVID-19

— This session examines globalization, isolation, foreign policy, and national politics, and is part of the third annual Latin America conference which reflects on the economic, political, social and geopolitical impact of COVID-19 for the region, and the response so far.

Corporate members: Registration is complimentary for Chatham House corporate members via our virtual conference platform

Non-members: Participants from non-member organizations can register using the booking button above.

The third annual Latin America conference will reflect on the economic, political, social and geopolitical impact of COVID-19 for the region, and the response so far. The discussions will serve as a platform to explore how the pandemic has highlighted structural weaknesses and strengths in Latin American economies, labour markets, political institutions and the social contract between states and citizens – and collectively propose ways governments, multilateral institutions and civil society can begin to reconceptualize and plan for addressing the flaws and fallout demonstrated by the current pandemic and resulting economic crisis.

Discussions will focus on:

  • Latin America and the global economy

  • The impact of COVID-19 on health and social policies

  • Implications of the pandemic on politics and democracy in the region

  • Effects on regional and global relations

  • The region’s challenges post-COVID-19

In addition, there will be roundtable discussions and spotlight sessions on energy policy in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela; US-Latin America and UK relations post Brexit; climate change, and the effects of the pandemic on indigenous and Afro-descendant communities.

This conference is part of the Chatham House LIVE series and will be hosted online and on the record.

The LIVE series will bring together international audiences and enable participants to connect with peers from across the globe. Over the course of each LIVE conference, participants will be able to engage in high-level panel discussions and conversations between policymakers, business leaders and international experts. Other interactive features will include polling and live analysis of results, in addition to live question and answer sessions between participants and speakers.



Monday 16 November (all times are GMT)

Opening Remarks | The Challenges Ahead and What We Are Learning


Networking break


Session One | Latin America and the Global Economy: Proposals for Reform

To what extent do country, regional and global efforts to restart national and the global economies show signs of success or limitation? What have they revealed about structural shortcomings in national economies and the global economy? Has the crisis and potential recovery demonstrated weaknesses in international financial institutions? What proposals are needed for the future?


Networking break


Session Two | Social Policies: What Are We Learning from COVID-19?

What is the COVID-19 pandemic and its economic effects demonstrating about the gaps and fault lines in social policies? Has or can the crisis and its fall-out recast political alliances and demands? How could these gaps and associated inequalities be addressed? What reforms need to be proposed? What are some extra-regional examples?


Networking break


Roundtable Sessions

Participants can choose to attend one of the three roundtables below:

  • Energy Policy in Brazil, Mexico and Venezuela

  • Implications of US Elections for Latin America: Can Relations and Norms Be Repaired?

  • The Costs of Climate Change and Risks of Not Adapting: Water, Extreme Weather, Migration and Economics


Networking break


Session Three | Brazil's Economic Policy


End of day one


Tuesday 17 November (all times are GMT)

Session Four | What Have We Learned So Far?


Networking break


Session Five | COVID-19 Politics and Democracy

What has shaped the different political and policy responses to COVID-19 – partisan alignments, leadership, regime-type, social trust, state capacity or all the above? To what extent did these responses and popular sentiment affect democratic checks and balances and human rights protections? How has the aftermath affected politics, partisan alignments, and trust in government?


Networking break


Session Six | The Geopolitics of COVID-19 and Post COVID-19

How has the crisis re-cast the region’s global relations? Which states are now more engaged in the Western world? Which less so? Has China increased its soft and financial power in the region? In specific countries? To what extent has Western power increased or waned in the region? What is the status of multilateral and trade relations that were in the works when COVID-19 unfolded, including UK economic and diplomatic relations post Brexit?


Networking break


Closing Discussion | The Region’s Challenges post-COVID-19: Globalization, Isolation, Foreign Policy and National Politics


End of conference



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