Welcome to this virtual forum offered by the OAS for universities and academia to discuss the Strategic Vision of the OAS. This forum is an initiative of the OAS Working Group on the OAS Strategic Vision, which is making a special effort to engage civil society and the academic community in the debate on the future direction of the OAS. I am Margaret Daly Hayes and I will be serving as moderator for this forum and will have the honor of presenting its reflections to the Working Group on November 19.
I am a political scientist and currently teach in the Security Studies program at Georgetown University. In my diverse career in Washington DC, I have worked on hemispheric issues at the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the Council of the Americas, a business group, the Inter-American Development Bank, and more recently, was privileged to serve as the first Director of the Center for Hemispheric Security at National Defense University. I have been writing on hemispheric security and governance issues for many years.
I believe that the Strategic Vision raises some very challenging public policy questions for us to consider in our discussion:
I trust that we will engage in thoughtful discussions of the many mandates that our countries have given the OAS and on how our community can better organize to implement effective responses that achieve results.
To initiate our conversation, I encourage participants in this forum to read the Secretary General’s proposal “Strategic Vision of the OAS” carefully and to reflect on the proposition that OAS activities should be focused more narrowly while still addressing the institution’s four pillars. Remember, it is important to be precise and concise in your comments. Please encourage your colleagues to join in the conversation. I look forward to the dialogue!
Best wishes Margaret , my appreciation to OAS for allowing these spaces and contribute to the integration of academic and scientific institutions in hemispheric politics OAS fully developed , I consider important to follow this path and promote scientific literacy environments and sustainable development.
Bertha, Great to see you participating in this forum. I look forwasrd to your thoughts. This is an important opportunity. Please pass the forum invitation along to other colleagues in the Peruvian academic invironment!
Thanks a lot to allow academics and civil society to work directly with OAS General Secretary. I'm joined a little bit late this iniciative but I will read the documents and let you know the points of view on the interamerican system strategic vision.
We look forward to your comments! Invite your friends, too.
Hi Margaret Daly Hayes, thank you for the moderation of this Forum. I am a feminist urbanist and architect, at present the Director of the Research Institute on Housing and Habitat of the National University of Cordoba, and a council member of the Urban Observatory of the city of Cordoba.
The debate OAS is proposing is highly interesting and from our perspective, and my personal work on Safe Cities for Women, I would like to contribute to it, from my two huts, the academic and the civil society (I am also the President of a local NGO and a member of the Women and Habitat Network of LAC).
It is clear that OAS is in a challenging moment and it is crucial to define which should be the main focus of work to be addressed. Some issues are strongly linked, as the ones you mention: (a) democratic governance, (b) integral development, (c) human rights and rule of law, and (d) citizen security?
Also it is to note that OAS has the CIM which has being doing strong efforts to mainstream the policies and focus from the gender perspective and women´s rights. I am going to focus in these field because I find central to strengthen the CIM operational capacities.
Development, human rights are inherent to a more wider and complex approach the Security in the region. As we all know the insecurity is the main concern of the Americas population and also first in the government agendas. The Mandate of OAS gives a privileged position to develop knowledge and data and to impulse the debate among the leaders, academics and society around (in)security issues. The importance I see is that the OAS in the possibility of influencing the public policies can:
These starting point to contribute to the discussions.
Sincerely, Ana Falu