Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Former Leaders Discuss 21st Century Democracy

October 3, 2012

Photo: Rythum Vinoben

Leonel Fernández, former President of the Dominican Republic, engaged Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile and Professor at Large at Brown University in a public conversation about "Democratic Leadership and the Challenges of the 21st Century" at Brown on Monday.

The former presidents' exchange was followed by two panel discussions featuring distinguished speakers including Lagos, Fernández, former Chilean Senator and Minister Sergio Bitar, and academics from several universities. The focus of the first panel was the project "Lessons from Leaders," which is being developed by Senator Bitar and Abraham Lowenthal, Adjunct Professor of International Studies at the Watson Institute. The afternoon ended with a discussion of "The Arab Spring and Theories of Democratization."