LATIN AMERICA - A Political-Economic Conflict Seminar
April 24-26, 2007
While North America, Western Europe, and Asia remain the driving engines of our global society, attention is increasing on Latin America both as player and challenger of this globalized world. This region constitutes perhaps the most interesting and important case of states struggling under the weight of the past, while seeking to reap the benefits of the globalizing economy and society.
Broad sections of Latin American society are being transformed and emerging as major players on the global economic stage. There are also large numbers of groups and states, such as the landless movements and the Chavez and Morales regimes in Venezuela and Bolivia that are resisting this historical transformation. Motivated by diverse fears and ambitions, it remains to be seen whether or not these societies can change themselves into liberal democratic and free market economies. Their incorporation into the global economy as responsible partners is central to American foreign policy.
Failure to achieve these ends could lead to such internal instability as to increase immigration pressures on the United States, breed terrorism, and provide the opportunities for external influences from countries, such as Russia and China, with aspirations not necessarily compatible with U.S. interests.
This seminar will explore the diverse pressures, ambitions, and fears playing on America's hemispheric neighbors and their implications for U.S. policies and strategies. Regional experts, foreign policy specialists, and political and economic commentators will explore the following topics:
- The 2006 Mexican Elections: Transition to Mature Democracy or Descent into Strife?
- Brazil as a Regional and Global Economic Power: The Little Engine that Could?
- The Climate of Corruption in Latin America: A Gang of Thieves?
- Drugs, Gangs, and the Stability of Latin American Society
- Drugs and American Policy: Is U.S. Narcotic Policy Destabilizing Latin America?
- Reform or Revolution: Lula da Silva, Hugo Chavez, and the Future of Latin America
- Populism, Social Democracy, and Globalization: A Latin American "Clash of Civilizations"
- The Andes and the Revolt of the Indigenous Population
- Social Inequality and Economic Growth in Latin America
- Trade, Aid, and U.S. Influence in Latin America
- Cuba after Castro: Transformed or Transfixed?
- China, Russia, and the Monroe Doctrine
- Yanqui, Go Home: Anti-Americanism in Latin America
- The Politics of Oil and Gas in Latin America
- Chile: The Mini-Tiger of South America
- Argentina: Does Peron Live On?
- Latin America: Generator of Freedom and Economic Growth or Incubator of New Terrrorist Threats?
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