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Last modified: Monday, March 1, 2010

Jamil Mahuad, former president of Ecuador, to visit IU for public talks

March 1, 2010

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Former President of Ecuador Jamil Mahuad will visit Indiana University Bloomington later this month (March 25-26) to discuss economic and social policies in Ecuador and conflict resolution in the Peru-Ecuador border dispute and beyond.

Jamil Mahuad

Jamil Mahuad

A 1999 nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize, Mahuad served as president of Ecuador from August of 1998 to January of 2000, when he was forced out of office by a coalition of disgruntled military officers and indigenous leaders.

After an invitation-only talk to IU's Department of Economics, he will make two, open-to-public appearances:

  • Thursday, March 25, 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Mahuad will present an open talk and discussion titled "A Difficult Presidency: The Challenges of Governing Ecuador, 1998-2000," at the Indiana Memorial Union, State Room West.
  • Friday, March 26, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: He will present the keynote speech at the Third Annual Spring Conference of the International Public Affairs Association in the Tavis Smiley Atrium at IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The talk will be titled "Negotiation and Conflict Resolution in the Peru-Ecuador Border Dispute and Beyond: Insights for Public Affairs Professionals."

Previously, he served two terms as mayor of Quito, Ecuador (August 1992-1998); was a representative to the Ecuadorian National Congress (two terms, 1986-1988 and 1990-1992); was president of the Christian Democratic Party of Ecuador (two terms, 1987-1988 and 1991-1993); and was the Minister of Labor for Ecuador from 1983-1984.

During his presidency, Ecuador and neighboring Peru signed a historic peace agreement that resolved a longstanding border dispute.

Mahuad completed his master's degree of public administration at Harvard University in 1989. He received both a doctorate in law degree from Catholic University of Ecuador (in 1978) and a bachelor's degree in political and social sciences (1973). In 2004, he co-founded an International Negotiation Program at Harvard Law School for which he serves as senior advisor.

He has five honorary degrees from universities in Peru and Ecuador and has been a visiting professor at seven universities: the Sloan School of Management at MIT, George Washington University, the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Babson College, the University of Notre Dame, University of Saint Gallen and the Geneva School of Diplomacy.