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The new wave of populism in the Americas: Advance or setback for indigenous communities? A Geneva Democracy Week event



This panel will explore how the contemporary populist wave has affected the battle of indigenous communities for fair representation and for access to natural resources. As the discourse on the redistribution of resources has driven many populist movements, the debate will focus on different experiences of democractic engagement to promote indigenous rights, from North to Latin America. The panelists will highlight the contrasting scenarios that are emerging and the various forces that are at play in American politics. Their analysis will be located in the context of the current challenges to democratic institutions. 


  • Ruth Betsaida Itamari Choque, Member of the Bolivian Parliament
  • Ethel Branch, Attorney General of the Navajo Nation
  • Nancy Postero, Professor of anthropology and Co-Director, International Institute, UC San Diego

Graziella Moraes Silva, Professor of Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute

The event will take place at the Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva, 18:30-20:00, and is organized by IPU and the Albert Hirschman Centre of Democracy/Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies during Geneva Democracy Week.

Register here.