June 2016, Volume 20, Number 3


World Leaders Promote Democracy

A collaborative event organized by Concordia, Americas Society/Council of the Americas and Miami Dade College brought international dignitaries to MDC for the Summit on the Americas. At the two-day summit, numerous regional issues were discussed including Brazilian politics, the Venezuelan economy and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), with former President of Colombia Álvaro Uribe Vélez offering special insights on the latter. Former U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John D. Negroponte was also on hand as part of Concordia’s Leadership Council.

Those presenting briefings besides Uribe were former Spanish Prime Minister José María Aznar López, former Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, former Chilean President Sebastian Piñera and former Uruguayan President Luis Alberto Lacalle.

The dignitaries signed a joint declaration at the event calling for transparent elections with international observers present to ensure a democratic electoral process, as well as freedom to campaign. In addition, the MDC events included Cuba Decide, a press conference and gala in support of a binding plebiscite in Cuba, which many of the dignitaries attended.

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