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Latin America Challenged: Legacies of the Past and Implications for the Future

FEB 20, 2004



The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Avenue


February 20, 2004




Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies


The objective of Latin America Challenged is to identify positive policy responses to hemispheric problems derived from an analysis of past crises. For example, in spite of expectations raised in the region in the 1980s and 1990s problems of governance, economic instability, poverty, corruption and personal insecurity continue to afflict Latin America and hence the hemisphere as a whole. The series will examine, in a comparative fashion, how past developments affect current problems and what policy responses have been most effective. Topics include issues of good governance, a comparison of strategies to deal with economic crises from the 1990s to the present, the balancing of national and international pressures in undertaking socioeconomic change, effective national economic policy approaches from the Great Depression to the FTAA, programs to diminish corruption as well as political and criminal violence, together with means to fortify judicial systems.


Spring 2004

2/20/04 Corruption in High Places: How to Combat It
4:30-6:30 -Room 9207

  • Jo-Marie Burt
    George Mason University
  • Susan Rose-Ackerman
    Yale University 

3/5/04 The Challenge of Personal Security
4:30-6:30 -Room 9206

  • Desmond Arias
    John Jay College of Criminal Justice
  • Lesley Gill
    American University
  • John Gitlitz
    State University of New York at Purchase
  • Mark Ungar
    Brooklyn College, City University of New York

3/26/04 Is Justice Delayed Justice Denied?
4:30-6:30 -Room 9207

  • Eduardo Gonzalez
    International Center for Transitional Justice

Fall 2003

9/10/03 Legacies of Authoritarianism: The Case of Chile in Comparative Perspective
4:30-6:30 -Room 9205

  • Chile, September 1973: Two Days of Infamy
    Peter Winn, Tufts University
  • Politicking Among Painful Memories: The Governing Chilean Left through Victory, Defeat, and Return
    Katherine Hite, Vassar College
  • Operation Condor: The Still - Festering Legacy of U.S. Alliances during the First War on Terrorism
    John Dinges, Columbia University

10/3/03 Economic Crises Then and Now: A Comparison of Responses to the Mexican Crisis of 1994 and the Argentine Crisis of 2001
4:30-6:30 -Room 9206

  • Joyce Chang
    JP Morgan
  • Lacey Gallagher
    Credit Suisse First Boston
  • Shari Spiegel
    Director Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University 

10/17/03 From Goulart to Lula: Balancing National and International Pressures in Undertaking Socioeconomic Change
4:30-6:30 -Room 9206

  • Albert Fishlow
    Columbia University
  • Mauricio Font
    Director Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies
  • James Green
    California State University, Long Beach

11/25/03 Current Issues in Politics and Economics in Latin America
4:30-6:30 -Room 9206

  • Sue Cronin
    Director for Brazil and the Southern Cone, Office for the Western Hemisphere of the US Trade Representative
  • Graciana del Castillo
    Managing Director, Macroeconomic Advisory Group
  • Mike Esterl
    Special Writer for Emerging Markets, Dow Jones Newswire 

*To be Confirmed