Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

OAS Secretary General to Keynote Conference on Scholar-Policy Impact in Americas

September 29, 2011

How does scholarship influence policy in the Americas? A conference exploring this question in depth on Monday will feature keynote speeches by José Miguel Insulza, secretary general of the Organization of American States, and Ricardo Lagos, the former president of Chile who is now in residence at the Watson Institute as a Brown professor at large.

The conference on “Scholars, Practitioners, and Inter American Affairs,” co-hosted by the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, underscores the Watson Institute’s long-held strategic priority of bridging the academic and policy worlds to address pressing global problems. Also participating will be former Watson Director Thomas Biersteker, now the Curt Gasteyger Chair in International Security and Conflict Studies at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva.