Past Event

Guatemala: Democracy in the Crosshairs

December 11, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Guatemala today is suffering a growing crisis of the rule of law: the criminalization of anti-corruption efforts, the suppression of protest, and the persecution of human rights defenders. These dynamics are unfolding against a backdrop of uncertainty regarding whether President-Elect Bernardo Arevalo will be allowed to assume office in January. This panel brings together former diplomats, academics, human rights defenders, and exiles to examine these dynamics and to ask how Guatemalans and the international community can respond to this crisis.


  • Anders Kompass, Former Swedish Ambassador to Central America & Senior Official at the United Nations
  • Claudia Escobar, Distinguished Visiting Professor & Scholar at the School of Policy & Government, George Mason University
  • Flor de Maria Galvez, Human Rights Lawyer & Former CICIG Mandatary
  • Jorge Santos, General Coordinator of the Unit for Human Rights Defenders Protection UDEFEGUA


  • Jo-Marie Burt, Professor at George Mason University & Senior Fellow at WOLA


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The event will be given in English and Spanish.


The event is sponsored by the Washington Office on Latin America (WOLA) and the Center for Mexico and Central America (CeMeCA) at Columbia University.



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