Monday, 12 February 2024, from 15:00 to 18:00 EST (21:00 to 00:00 CET). Venue: Pedro Arrupe, D.J. Hall Multipurpose Room, Georgetown Americas Institute, 37th and O Streets, N. W., Washington D.C. 20057, US.

The relations of the European Union and the United States with Latin America are dominated by four preconceptions: 1) Latin America is a political failure; 2) Latin America is an economic mess; 3) the EU and the US have abandoned Latin America, opening the door to China; and 4) European companies, particularly Spanish ones, are leaving the region to invest in more productive and secure markets.

Elcano Report “Why does Latin America Matter?” challenges with data and in-depth analysis the existing narratives to warn about the strategic, economic, and political role of a region with an indisputable protagonism in the current geopolitical context.

This seminar with international experts will present the main conclusions of the report and discuss the necessary review that both the EU and the US must conduct in their relationship with Latin America for it to reach its full potential.

Hashtag: #ElcanoAmLat


  • Alejandro Werner, founder and director of the Georgetown Americas Institute (GAI) | @alejandrowerne7
  • José Juan Ruiz, Chairman, Elcano Royal Institute | @ElcanoJjRuiz

Panel I: Economy

  • Ernesto Talvi, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute | @ernesto_talvi
  • Marcela Meléndez, Deputy Chief Economist, World Bank | @MelendezMarcela
  • Santiago Levy, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution | @BrookingsInst
  • Chair: Alejandro Werner, founder and director of the Georgetown Americas Institute (GAI) | @alejandrowerne7

Panel II: Politics

  • Carlos Malamud, Senior Analyst, Elcano Royal Institute | @CarlosMalamud
  • Cynthia Arnson, Distinguished Fellow, Latin America Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars | @CindyArnson
  • Chair: Moisés Naím, Distinguished Fellow, Carnegie Endowment | @MoisesNaim

– The event will be held English without simultaneous translation.
– In-person attendance requires RSVP.
– The event will be livestreamed on the Georgetown Americas Institute YouTube channel.