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Virtual Roundtable: What Happens After Nicaragua's One-sided Poll? (Online Event, 13th October 2021)
Virtual Roundtable: What Happens After Nicaragua's One-sided Poll? (Online Event, 13th October 2021)

Virtual Roundtable: What Happens After Nicaragua's One-sided Poll? (Online Event, 13th October 2021)

This virtual roundtable assesses the risks of turmoil and political violence, the aggravation of the country’s humanitarian predicament resulting in a surge of emigration and its significance for the region’s democratic backslide.

Please note that this event is in both English and Spanish.

In recent years, Ortega appeared to have consolidated his hold on power. Yet the latest crackdown on political opposition would indicate that the government seems unwilling to take the risk of confronting an electoral challenge, opting instead for an iron fist approach. The repression on political opponents has turned November’s elections into a potential flashpoint and spurred a sharp deterioration in relations between President Daniel Ortega and other Latin American nations, the U.S. and the European Union. 

This roundtable looks at the aftermath of the poll that will likely result in  Ortega's perpetuation in power. Invited experts assess the risks of turmoil and political violence, the aggravation of the country’s humanitarian predicament resulting in a surge of emigration and its significance for the region’s democratic backslide. In doing so, the panellists seek options for national and international players to respond to the consequences of a rigged election, de-escalate tensions, and restore conditions for a negotiated way out of the crisis. 

The event is public, with simultaneous interpretation in English and Spanish.

Confirmed speakers:
Welcome by Ivan Briscoe, Program Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Crisis Group
Cynthia Arnson, Latin America Program Director, Wilson Center
Tiziano Breda, Analyst for Central America, Crisis Group
Ernesto Medina, Professor and former member of the Civic Alliance
Gema Santamaria, Marie Curie Fellow, Freiburg Institute of Advanced Studies

Moderated by Renata Segura, Deputy Program Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Crisis Group

Virtual Roundtable: What Happens After Nicaragua's One-sided Poll?