On August 20, Guatemalans will return to the ballot box to decide who will lead northern Central America’s largest economy for the next four years. Following a surprising and often polarizing first round, whoever holds the presidential sash in January will inherit challenging global economic times and domestic social disenchantment. Guatemala’s next leader – Sandra Torres or Bernardo Arevalo —will need to reassert the country’s role as a key player in regional geopolitics.

What are the top priorities for the next Guatemalan administration, and how will it double down on the country’s recent economic slowdown? How can the Guatemalan private sector and civil society help defuse post-election tensions and collaborate with government on economic prosperity? In what ways can the next Guatemalan president restore trust in the country’s political system?

Ahead of the runoff election, join the Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center on Thursday, July 13, from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. ET (7:00 to 8:00 a.m. Guatemala), for a virtual discussion on the road ahead for Guatemala’s next president and for US-Guatemala relations.


Amb. Stephen McFarland
Former US Ambassador to Guatemala
US Department of State

Min. Maria Antonieta del Cid
Former President of the Bank of Guatemala (2006-2010); Former Minister of Finance (2004-2006)
Republic of Guatemala

Marielos Chang
Professor of politics and international affairs
Universidad del Valle

Juan Carlos Zapata
Executive Director

José Echeverria
Executive Director
Movimiento Cívico Nacional

Jason Marczak
Senior Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

Eva Lardizábal
Assistant Director, Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center
Atlantic Council

*Additional speakers to be announced

The Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center broadens understanding of regional transformations and delivers constructive, results-oriented solutions to inform how the public and private sectors can advance hemispheric prosperity.