Fulbright Educational Partnerships Grant

Funded by: U.S. Deparment of State, Fulbright Educational Partners Program Country: Andean Region Date Range: 2003-2006 Project Lead: Kellogg Institute for International Studies

From 2003 to 2006, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, the Instituto de Estudios Peruanos (IEP) in Lima, and the Instituto de Estudios Superiores de Administración (IESA) in Caracas undertook a project to build international linkages and support collaborative research on civic, administrative, and economic reform in the Andean region. Among other benefits, the $100,000 Fulbright Educational Partnerships grant enabled the Kellogg Institute to host several visiting fellows from Venezuela and Peru in the three academic years spanning 2003–2006. A seminar was also held in which scholars from Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Peru, the United States, and Venezuela convened in Lima, Peru to discuss challenges facing democracy in the Andes.

The seminar titled “La nueva coyuntura crítica en los países andinos” was the culmination of the three-year Fulbright Educational Partnerships project. Additional funding was provided by a Ford Foundation grant. With so many in the region increasingly frustrated by the failure of democracy to address poverty and inequality, the seminar set out to explore the political, economic, and social dimensions of this crisis. Among the topics of discussion were the challenges to the party system, the viability of economic reforms, and the root causes of social protests in the region.