Jamil Mahuad, who governed Ecuador as president from 1998 to 2000 and was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1999, will speak Tues., March 30 at Bellarmine University, 2000 Norris Pl. He will discuss U.S.-Latin American relations and Latin American politics, including economic and social policies, starting at 1:30 p.m. in Frazier Hall.
As president, Mr. Mahuad presided over a historic treaty between Ecuador and Peru, ending a longtime border dispute that dated back 60 years—a resolution that former President Bill Clinton called “the end of the last and longest running source of armed international conflict in the Western Hemisphere.” The agreement, which was approved unopposed by the governments of both nations, resulted in Ecuador renouncing sovereignty of a parcel of Amazon jungle, where Peru gave a small portion of the disputed land to Ecuador. He also worked for economic reforms in his country.
He was driven from office in a military coup led by indigenous Ecuadorians and backed by the armed forces. The controversial president had sought to make Ecuador the first South American country to adopt the dollar in an attempt to end a national recession and free-falling inflation.
Mr. Mahuad also served for two terms as mayor of Quito, where he was educated, completing a Doctor of Law degree from the Catholic University. He is a former fellow with the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a co-founder and senior advisor for the International Negotiation Program at Harvard Law School.
The talk is free and open to the public. For more information, call Tabatha Thompson, Bellarmine’s Director of Media Relations, at 452-8329.
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Photo: Courtesy Ecuadorian Embassy