Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Energy & Climate in the Hemisphere: The Road to Copenhagen AND Critical Issues in Latin America

Energy & Climate in the Hemisphere: The Road to Copenhagen
November 19, 2009 • 8:00-11:30 AM
Weaver Center, Institute of the Americas


Registration and Continental Breakfast

Opening Framing Remarks & A View from Washington, D.C.

• Reno Harnish
Ambassador in Residence & Director, Center for Environment
and National Security, Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO)

How do we get there from here?
Panel discussion of coal & nuclear issues moderated by: Jeremy Martin,
Director, Energy Program, Institute of the Americas

• David G. Victor
Professor, IR/PS, UCSD & Director, Laboratory on International Law and

• Eric Westberg
Consultant, San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station & Board
Consultant, Brazil Independent Power Producer Association (APINE)

9:45 Coffee Break

What about biofuels?
Panel discussion of advanced biofuels moderated by: Jeremy Martin,
Director, Energy Program, Institute of the Americas

• Kirk L. Haney
President & CEO, SG Biofuels

• Joel Velasco
Chief Representative, North America, Brazilian Sugarcane Industry
Association (UNICA)

What about energy efficiency?
Panel discussion of demand side management, moderated by David Weaver,
Managing Partner & Chairman of the Board, Intercap Institutional
Investors, LLC & Chairman of the Board, Institute of the Americas

• Andres Gluski
Chief Operating Officer, AES Corporation

• J. Patrick Kennedy
Founder & CEO, OSIsoft, Inc.

11:30 Closing

November 19 evening event
Annual Commemorative Dinner: $130 per person (UCSD rate)
7:00 – 9:30 PM, UCSD Faculty Club
More information and registration at: www.iamericas.org.


Critical Issues in Latin America
November 20, 2009 • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Hojel Hall of the Americas Auditorium, Institute of the Americas


8:00 – 8:30 AM
Registration – Continental Breakfast

8:30 AM
Introduction: Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow – President, Institute of the
Americas. Discussions will follow a Davos-Style format.

9:00 – 10:00 AM
China and Latin America
President Hu Jintao’s 2008 trip to Latin America signaled a new resolve by
the Chinese government to increase its economic influence in the Western
Hemisphere. Since President Hu’s meeting with Latin American leaders at
the APEC summit, his populous nation has strengthened trade, investment,
technology, security and cultural ties with countries in the region.
Moderated by S. Lynne Walker, Vice President, Institute of the Americas.

• Enrique García
President of the Corporación Andina de Fomento (CAF)

• Sergio Ley-López
President, Asian Pacific Institute, Tecnológico de Monterrey; Former
Mexican Ambassador to China

• Richard Feinberg
Professor, IR/PS, UCSD

10:15 – 11:15 AM
The Assault on Democracy
A discussion on the meaning of neo-populism, the role of Chavez, the
responsible left, the erosion of freedoms, institutional weakness, the
role of the press and civil society, and the coup in Honduras. Moderated
by Jeffrey Davidow.

• Teodoro Petkoff
Editor, Tal Cual newspaper, prominent anti-Chavez politician and former
presidential candidate of Venezuela

• Manuel Camacho Solís
Former Mayor of Mexico City

• Richard Feinberg
Professor, IR/PS, UCSD

Coffee Break
11:15 – 11:30 AM

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Drugs and Violence
Has the war on drugs failed? Are there alternative policies available?
What is the impact of gang violence on societies’ with weak institutions?
What does the future hold for Plan Colombia and the Merida Initiative?
Moderated by Jeffrey Davidow.

• Robert Bonner
Former Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and former
Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration

• Ethan Nadelmann
Founder and Executive Director of the Drug Policy Alliance

• Peter Hakim
President of the Inter-American Dialogue

• David R. Mares
Professor of Political Science, UCSD

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