Democracy or Populism: Responding to the Crisis in Latin America

Event offered by:
Foreign Policy Association
National Endowment for Democracy

Event Details

Wednesday, April 18, 2007
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM 
The Americas Society
680 Park Avenue (Northwestern corner of 68th Street)
New York, NY
Event type
Lecture / Panel  

Event Transcripts and Video

The Foreign Policy Association, the National Endowment for Democracy and the Americas Society invite you to a New York Democracy Forum lecture on "Democracy or Populism: Responding to the Crisis in Latin America," featuring The Honorable Alejandro Toledo President of Peru 2001-2006.

Event Speakers

    • Alejandro Toledo - Speaker
      Former Peruvian President

      Born in a small Andean village, former Peruvian President Alejandro Toledo financed his undergraduate degree at the University of San Francisco with a soccer scholarship and by pumping gas. Toledo went on to earn three advanced degrees at Stanford University, including a Master in Economics and a Ph.D. in Education.


      Toledo's professional career focused on economic development, with positions at the United Nations, the World Bank, and Harvard's Institute for International Development. Following an initial defeat, he won the Presidential election in 2001 after allegations of electoral fraud and political scandal forced President Fujimori to call new elections.


      As President, Toledo oversaw a transition back to stability in Peru, pursuing policies marrying free markets and social justice. Following his presidential term in 2006, he returned to the United States to spend a year at Stanford University, where he is writing and lecturing on democracy and economic development.