MDC to Present World Leaders and Former Heads of State at a Major Forum Titled “Toward the Reinvention of Political Parties?” on Oct. 25  

Miami, Oct. 11, 2017 – For a second year, former presidents, heads of state, and regional leaders will participate in a dynamic forum titled Toward the Reinvention of Political Parties?” on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Wolfson Campus.

Organized by the acclaimed Mezerhane Endowed Chair at MDC and the Iniciativa Democrática de España y las Américas (IDEA), the timely gathering will provide a venue for participants to discuss the future of political parties and current state of democracy in Latin America and the Caribbean.  The forum will be in Spanish with translation services available.  The working media is welcome.

Among the leaders and luminaries expected are the former Prime Minister of Spain José María Aznar,  former Argentinian Presidents Eduardo Duhalde and Fernando de la Rúa,  former Costa Rican President Miguel Angel Rodriguez, former Colombian President Andrés Pastrana, former Bolivian President Jorge Quiroga, former Uruguayan President Luis Alberto Lacalle, former Ecuadoran Presidents Osvaldo Hurtado and Jamil Mahuad, former Salvadoran President Alfredo Cristiani,  Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) Luis Almagro,   MDC’s President Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, Chairman of Grupo Mezerhane and Editor of Diario Las Américas Nelson J. Mezerhane, and IDEA’s Executive Director and MDC Visiting Professor Dr. Asdrúbal Aguiar. Panel discussions and presentations will address the role of political parties in today’s society, their reinvention shaped by new technologies and changes in social media and society, and the state of affairs in Cuba and Venezuela.