The Dangerous Logic of Polarized Politics in Democracies Around the World

May 24, 2017

“The Dangerous Logic of Polarized Politics in Democracies Around the World”
Jennifer McCoy
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
12 noon to 1:30 PM Luncheon and Lecture

Capital City Club
7 John Portman Blvd., NW Atlanta 30303 Downtown Atlanta

Cost: Lunch & Program for non-members $40
For ACIR members $30
ACIR yearly membership $50

Jennifer McCoy leads an international research group on polarized democracies. She was a mediator in the Venezuelan political conflict in 2002-2004 and is coauthor of “International Mediation in Venezuela.”

She served as Founding Director of the Global Studies Institute at GSU (2015-16), and Director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program 1998-2015, leading projects on democratic strengthening, mediation and dialogue, and hemispheric cooperation. She teaches courses on comparative democratization, international norms, and Latin American politics.

Dr. McCoy’s newest research project on Polarized Polities seeks to determine the causes, consequences and solutions to polarized societies around the world, including Venezuela, Turkey, Egypt, Thailand, Hungary, Greece, Bangladesh, and the United States.

She recently completed a collaborative research project funded by USAID and NSF on Legitimacy Deficits in Transitional Justice in the Colombian Peace Process. Dr. McCoy also participates in an international research team on Causes and Consequences of Populism, comparing Latin America and Europe. She has received research grants and awards from NSF, USAID Center for Democracy, US Institute of Peace, Rockefeller Foundation, North-South Center, and Fulbright Association.

At The Carter Center, Dr. McCoy created the group of Friends of the Inter-American Democratic Charter group; directed The Carter Center’s projects on Mediation and Monitoring in Venezuela 2002-2004, Ecuador-Colombia Dialogue Group 2008-2010, and U.S.-Andean Dialogue Group 2010-2011; led over a dozen election monitoring missions and organized former President Carter’s historic trips to Cuba in 2002 and 2011.

McCoy is a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations; member of the International Women’s Forum; and co-chair of the Atlanta chapter of the Scholar’s Strategy Network.

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