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Latin America's Resurgent Armed Forces: What Is the Political and Economic Impact?

Americas Society / Council of the Americas

February 10, 2020


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After years outside the spotlight, militaries around Latin America are increasingly back in public view. Some are playing more prominent roles in politics and the economy. What does this mean for companies, investors, and everyday people? What will be the impact on politics, business, and security in places like Brazil, Chile, Colombia, and Mexico? What does it mean for democracies? Our expert panel will discuss the practical, real-life impact of this emerging trend.

This event will be in English and Portuguese. Interpretation will be available.

Entry is complimentary.
Prior registration is required.


  • Roberta Jacobson, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group; former U.S. Ambassador to Mexico @Jacobson_RS
  • Raul Jungmann, former Brazilian Defense & Public Security Minister @Raul_Jungmann
  • Juan Carlos Pinzón, President, ProBogotá; former Colombian Defense Minister @pinzonbueno
  • Frank Mora, Director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida International University @FrankMora_FIU
  • Brian Winter, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly; Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas @BrazilBrian (moderator)

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Roberta Jacobson

Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group

Roberta Jacobson is a senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, where she draws on more than 30 years of distinguished diplomatic experience to advise clients of the firm’s Americas practice. Until May 2018, she served as U.S. ambassador to Mexico, where she managed a broad array of issues, including trade and investment, security and immigration, the environment, and human rights. Jacobson’s senior-level U.S.

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Raul Jungmann

Vice Chairman, Brazil’s Popular Socialist Party's Pernambuco State Division

Raul Jungmann served as Brazil’s defense and public security minister from 2016 to 2018. A founding member of Brazil’s Popular Socialist Party, he is presently vice chairman of the Pernambuco state division and a member of the party’s national secretariat. Jungmann previously served two terms in the Brazilian House of Representatives from 2003 to 2010, where he chaired the Commission on Public Security and the Congressional Front for Arms Control.

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Frank Mora

Director, Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center, Florida International University

Frank Mora is the director of the Kimberly Green Latin American and Caribbean Center and a professor of politics and international relations at Florida International University (FIU). Prior to arriving at FIU, he served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Western Hemisphere from 2009 to 2013. He has held several teaching positions, including professor of national security strategy and Latin American Studies at the National Defense University (2004–2009), and associate professor and chair of international studies at Rhodes College (2000–2004).

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Juan Carlos Pinzón

President, ProBogotá

Juan Carlos Pinzón is a senior advisor at Albright Stonebridge Group, president of ProBogotá, and serves as chair of Virtus Global, an advisory and consulting firm based in Colombia. He draws on his leadership experience in both the public and private sectors to advise clients on a range of issues across Latin America. Pinzón served as ambassador of Colombia to the United States from 2015 to 2017, during which he participated in the creation of the U.S.-Colombia Business Council at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

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Brian Winter

Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly and Vice President of Policy, Americas Society/Council of the Americas

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and the vice president for policy at Americas Society/Council of the Americas. A best-selling author, analyst, and speaker, he has been living and breathing Latin American politics for the past 20 years. Winter spent a decade living in Latin America as a journalist for Reuters, based in São Paulo, Buenos Aires, and Mexico City.

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Video: Latin America's Resurgent Armed Forces

February 10, 2020

Roberta Jacobson, Raul Jungmann, Juan Carlos Pinzón, and Frank Mora discuss the political and economic impact of this emerging trend with AQ's Brian Winter....