Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Ecuador in Crisis: Social discontent, indigenous uprising, and political instability

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

12:00pm – 1:30pm

McKinney Conference Room, 111 Thayer Street 

Join us for a panel discussion on the crisis in Ecuador featuring two panelists in person and two via Zoom. Each of our speakers has first-hand knowledge of the situation in Ecuador and will share their insights and expertise with us.


Cécile Mouly is a research professor at the university FLACSO Ecuador and a member of the Academic Council of the International Center of Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC). In FLACSO Ecuador she coordinates the research group on peace and conflict; she teaches postgraduate courses on peace and conflict studies, and human rights, and she conducts research on peacebuilding and civil resistance. She holds a Ph.D. in International Studies from the University of Cambridge and has practical experience in the field of conflict transformation, peacebuilding and conflict prevention, as a former staff member and consultant of the United Nations, the OAS, and the Carter Center.

María Belén Garrido is a PhD student at the Catholic University Eichstätt/Ingolstadt. She was a lecturer at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador and has worked as a researcher at FLACSO, Ecuador. Her main research areas are peace and conflict studies, with a particular focus on nonviolence. She has conducted workshops on Peace Journalism, Nonviolent Communication, Mediation, Conflict Resolution, and Negotiation      
Jeffrey Pugh is an assistant professor of conflict resolution in the McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at the University of Massachusetts, and he is also executive director of the Center for Mediation, Peace, and Resolution of Conflict (CEMPROC), based in Quito, Ecuador.  He is a  founding member of the organizing committee of the Regional Institute for the Study and Practice of Strategic Nonviolent Action in the Americas. Pugh's research focuses on peacebuilding and human security, especially in migrant-receiving areas of Ecuador, and on the role of civil society and non-state actors in promoting peace.  Pugh holds a Ph.D in political science from the Johns Hopkins University, serves on the executive council of the LASA Ecuadorian Studies section, and previously served as president of the Middle Atlantic Council of Latin American Studies (MACLAS).