Reason in Guatemala


Reason in Guatemala

  • February 20, 2020 - February 22, 2020
    12:00 pm

Reason will host a three-day conference on Liberty in the Western Hemisphere February 20-22, 2020 in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

Tickets are no longer available online for this event. For more information, please contact event director Preston Cornish at

Join Reason’s David Nott, Katherine Mangu-WardNick GillespieJacob SullumJim Epstein, and Ron Bailey, with special guests:

  • Member of European Parliament Daniel Hannan
  • Professor of Economics at George Mason University Bryan Caplan
  • Drug Policy Alliance Executive Director Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno
  • Director of Brazil’s National School of Public Administration (ENAP) Diogo Costa
  • Director of Atlas Network’s Center for Latin America Dr. Roberto Salinas León
  • Libertarian political commentator and author Gloria Álvarez
  • Executive Director of Chile’s Fundación para el Progreso (Foundation for Progress) Axel Kaiser
  • CATO’s Ian Vasquez
  • Founder of Colombia’s Movimiento Libertario (Libertarian Movement) Daniel Raisbeck
  • Reason contributing editor and former Miami Herald foreign correspondent Glenn Garvin

Reason has reserved rooms at the Hyatt Centric, Guatemala City, a 4.5 star hotel located in Guatemala City’s main business district. Please click here and use the ‘book now’ button in the right-hand corner to receive the special Reason Foundation rate.

Reason would like to thank LGBTQ for Liberty for being the presenting sponsor.



The event will focus on key hemispheric issues and their impact on individual liberty, free markets, and the rule of law. This event will be held in partnership with Universidad Francisco Marroquin and LGBTQ for Liberty.

Wednesday, February 19

  • Transfers from airport for early arrivals

Thursday, February 20

  • 11:00am-8pm, Transfers from the airport to the hotel
  • 6:00pm, Opening Reception and Dinner
    • Welcome remarks from Gabriel Calzada, Universidad Francisco Marroquin
    • Keynote from Roberto Salinas León​, Atlas Network
    • Conversation with Yoani Sánchez​, Cuban blogger and dissident
  • 9:30pm, Conversation and More

Friday, February 21

  • 7:30am, Breakfast at hotel
  • 8:30am-11:45am, Morning Sessions at the hotel
    • Economics in Latin America
      • Diogo Costa
      • Ian Vasquez
      • Moderator: Axel Kaiser
    • Drug War
      • Jacob Sullum
      • Maria McFarland Sanchez Moreno
    • Media and Libertarianism in Guatemala
      • Gloria Alvarez
      • Katherine-Mangu Ward
  • 12:00pm, Lunch at hotel
    • Keynote: “​​The Science and Ethics of Immigration” with Bryan Caplan
  • Afternoon tours of UFM’s campus, including guided tour of on-campus museum
  • 5:00 pm, Daniel Hannan keynote in UFM auditorium
  • 6:00 pm, Reception and Dinner

Saturday, February 22

  • 7:30am, Breakfast at hotel
  • 8:30am-11:45am, Morning Sessions at the hotel
    • Rule of Law
      • Daniel Raisbeck
      • Axel Kaiser
      • Moderator: Jim Epstein
    • A Conversation with Glenn Garvin
      • Hosted by Nick Gillespie
    • Trade and Economic Development
      • Ron Bailey
      • Roberto Salinas León
  • 12:00pm, Closing lunch at hotel
    • Panel moderated by Nick Gillespie on key themes and lessons
  • Shuttles to airport throughout the day
  • Sponsors-only Cocktails and Dinner

Sunday, February 23

  • Shuttles to airport throughout the day
  • Sponsors-only day trip to Antigua, featuring museum tours, coffee tour, breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Limited sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors will receive:

  • Acknowledgement as a sponsor in the program
  • Concierge service before and during your trip to Guatemala, with personalized travel assistance and a customized itinerary to fit your preferences
  • Accommodations in a deluxe junior suite upgraded accommodations at the Hyatt Centric, Guatemala City
  • Access to the Saturday night sponsors rum-tasting and dinner
  • Sunday trip to Antigua, Guatemala, including a tour of the city and of the historic Casa Popenoe
  • Preferred seating at all “Liberty in the Western Hemisphere” conference meals

If you would like to become a sponsor or have any questions, please contact event director Preston Cornish at or (240) 406-9023.

Scholarship opportunities may be available (please contact Preston).

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