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Sounding the Alarm: The Rise of Authoritarianism Behind Latin America's Humanitarian Crisis

Event Date:

February 27, 2024 | 6:30 PM TO 8:00 PM


American University
Founders Room, School of International Service
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20016



Sounding the Alarm marks American University's 10-year partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the work done to provide coverage on underreported, systemic issues around the world. Join us for a panel with expert voices as they discuss the rise of authoritarianism behind Latin America's humanitarian crisis. 


Kara Andrade is one of the very first winners of AU's Pulitzer Reporting Fellowships and has more than two decades of experience in various sectors, including journalism and media, social entrepreneurship, public health, research, and development, launching and supporting projects in more than twenty countries. Andrade is also a poet and adjunct professor with an M.J. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. from American University’s School of Communication.

Douglas Farah is the founder and president of IBI Consultants, former foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, co-author of the recent report, “Remilitarization in Central America." Farah's work sounds the alarm on the failure of U.S. policymakers to address key issues that impact the region and that culminate in the current humanitarian crises. Prior to founding IBI Consultants, Farah worked as a foreign correspondent and investigative reporter for The Washington Post covering civil wars in Central America, conflict and organized crime in South America, blood diamond and gold wars in West Africa, and radical Islamic finances. 

Dr. Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian is director of the Department of Social Inclusion of the Secretariat for Access to Rights and Equity at the Organization of American States (OAS), where she is responsible for directing the work of the OAS in matters of social inclusion and access to human rights with special consideration to populations in vulnerable situations. She has edited, published, and co-authored several articles and volumes on issues of Latin American reality. She is a founding member and coordinator of the Network of Latin American Female Political Scientists #NoSinMujeres, a project that seeks to promote, make visible, and empower the work of women dedicated to Latin American Political Science. Betilde Muñoz-Pogossian has a master's degree in international relations from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. in political science from Florida International University. 

Steven Dudley (Moderator) is the co-founder and co-director of InSight Crime and a senior research fellow at American University’s CLALS in Washington, D.C. Dudley is a former bureau chief of the Miami Herald in the Andean Region, a former fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and a current member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.

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