Latin America Roundtable

Director: Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies
October 1, 1999 - December 31, 2009

The Latin America Roundtable provides updates on breaking economic and political events in Latin America. The seminars are designed to provide prompt, thoughtful analysis of rapidly changing political and economic developments in the region. Although the seminars may be treated as discrete topics, taken together, the series provides a broad overview and a comparative perspective on the major issues, events, and debates in the Americas. Seminars have examined prospects for Colombia's future; the Chávez regime in Venezuela; Argentinean presidential elections; the politics of Mexican economic and political transition; Latin America's response to the global economic crisis; and the problems of development and regional integration in the Caribbean.

The roundtable also expanded its activities in Washington, D.C., to examine such topics as the consolidation of democracy, U.S.-Latin American relations, and a country focus on Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico and Cuba.

This roundtable is made possible by the generous support of the Ford Foundation.

Meetings

Meeting ⁄ Washington, DC

Latin America Roundtable: Brazilian National Security and Defense Strategy

Presider Julia E. Sweig
Speaker Sergio W. EtchegoyenSpecial Adviser to the Minister of State for Defense, Federative Republic of Brazil
September 17, 2009

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Meeting ⁄ Washington

Latin America Roundtable: Expansion of the Panama Canal - Implications for Trade and Security

Speaker Samuel Lewis NavarroVice President of Panama
Presider Stephen DonehooKissinger McLarty Associates
May 19, 2006

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Latin America Roundtable: Energy in the Western Hemisphere

Speaker Sidney WeintraubCenter for Strategic and International Studies
Presider Julia E. SweigCouncil on Foreign Relations
April 10, 2006

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Meeting ⁄ New York

Latin America Roundtable: Race and Inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean

Speaker Epsy Campbell BarrLegislator, Costa Rican National Assembly
Presider Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
March 23, 2006

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Latin America Roundtable: Latin America's Horizon with Arturo Valenzuela

Presider Julia E. SweigNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Speakers Arturo A. ValenzuelaGeorgetown University, Pat MaherNational Intelligence Council
November 1, 2005

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Latin America Roundtable: Justice in Latin America

Speakers Judge Juan GuzmanU. Centro de Chile, Jose Miguel VivancoHuman Rights Watch
Presider Julia E. SweigCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 24, 2005

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Latin America Roundtable: Latin America Round Up Discussion

Presider Julia E. SweigCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 11, 2005

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Brazil: The Political and Economic Challneges Facing the President Elect and Implications for U.S. Policy in Latin America

Presider Eli Whitney DebevoiseArnold and Porter
Speakers Walter MolanoBCP Securities, Kenneth R. MaxwellCouncil on Foreign Relations
October 30, 2002

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The Crisis in Argentina

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speakers Rosendo FragaCentro de Estudios Union para la Nueva Mayoria, Felipe de la BalzeConsejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales, Mark FalcoffAmerican Entreprise Institute for Public Policy
March 25, 2002

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The Middle East and South America: Is There a Terrorist Connection?

Speaker Alberto R. CollNaval War College
March 14, 2002

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Cuba

Presider Julia E. Sweig
Speakers Piero GleijesesJohns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies, William LeoGrandeAmerican University
February 28, 2002

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America’s Response to Terrorism: Cooperation and Tension in the Transatlantic Relationship—Which Force will Prove Stronger?

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Victor BulmerDirector, Royal Institute of International Affairs
October 30, 2001

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Where Geography Is Not Destiny: The Wider Caribbean in the 21st Century

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Victor BulmerDirector, Royal Institute of International Affairs
October 30, 2001

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A Conversation with Lincoln Gordon

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Ambassador Lincoln Gordon
May 30, 2001

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Dinner with Governor Tasso Jereissati of Brazil

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Tasso Jereissati
January 22, 2001

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The Politics of Mexican Economic and Political Transition

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Luis RubioDirector, Center of Research for Development (CIDAC)
December 10, 1999

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Argentina: Economic and Political Prospects in a Post-Menem Era

Presider Kenneth R. MaxwellNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
Speakers Rosendo FragaExecutive Director, Centro de Estudios Unión para la Nueva Mayoría, Felipe de la BalzeCentro Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI)
December 9, 1999

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Presidential Election Series: PAN Presidential Candidate

Speaker Vicente FoxPAN Presidential Candidate, PAN
December 2, 1999

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Mexico's Presidential Succession: Implications of the Recent Primary Elections

Speaker Wayne A. CorneliusProfessor, Princeton and University of California, San Diego
November 18, 1999

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Religion in Latin America

Speaker Carlos Manuel De CespedesMonsignor
November 3, 1999

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Update on Colombia (October 1999)

Speaker Michael ShifterInter-American Dialogue
October 27, 1999

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Political, Constitutional, Economic, and Regional Implications of the Current Venezuelan Reform Process

Speakers Ricardo HausmannChief Economist, International American Development Bank
Presider Elliott Abrams
Speakers Moises NaímEditor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Terry KarlDirector, Center for Latin American Development Studies, Stanford University, David MyersProfessor of Political Science, Pennsylvania State Unviersity
June 29, 1999

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I. Introduction

Speakers Robert GrahamMember, U.S. Senate (D-Flor.), Angel CorcosteguiUnited States-Spain Council, Thomas F. McLarty IIIMcLarty International, Kenneth R. Maxwell
June 21, 1999

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II. Perspectives on the Brazilian Economy

Speaker Pedro Sãmpaio MalanMinister of Finance, Brazil
June 21, 1999

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III. Integration of Capital Markets

Speakers Richard GrassoFormer Chairman, New York Stock Exchange, Antonio ZoidaMadrid Stock Exchange, Alfredo RizkallahSão Paolo Stock Exchange, Richard SyronAmerican Stock Exchange
June 21, 1999

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IV. Credit Market Integration

Speakers Angel CorcosteguiSecretary of Finance and Public Credit, Citigroup, William R. RhodesMexico, Guillermo OrtizBanco Bilbao-Viscaya, Juan Palacios
June 21, 1999

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The Regional Relevance of the Organization of American States

Presider George A. DalleyPartner, Holland & Knight
Speaker Cesar GaviriaSecretary-General, Organization of American States
June 17, 1999

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USAID in Latin America: Priorities for Democratic Consolidation

Presider Tara D. SonenshineSenior Adviser, U.S. Institute of Peace
Speaker Mark SchneiderAssistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development
June 14, 1999

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II. The Challenges of Mercosur Beyond the Year 2000

Speaker Felix PenaMinistry of Economy, Public Works, and Services, Argentina
June 11, 1999

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III. Europe and the United States in the External Agenda of Mercosur

Commentators Paolo WrobelThe Royal Institute of International Affairs, London, Andrea StochhieroIstituto di Affari Internazionale, Rome
Panelist Renate Rennie
Speaker Roberto BouzasFacultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales
June 11, 1999

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I. Welcome.

Speakers Martha T. MuseInstitute for European-Latin American Relations (IRELA), Madrid, Kenneth R. Maxwell, Wolf Grobendorff
June 11, 1999

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IV. Mercosur from a European Perspective

Commentators Aldo FerrerUniveristy of Buenos Aires, Clodoaldo HugueneyAmbassador of Brazil to the European Union
Panelist Wolfgang Wessels
Speaker Victor BulmerInstitute for Latin American Studies (ILAS), London
June 11, 1999

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V. U.S. Policy Options on Mercosur

Commentators Wolf GrobendorffMinistry of Economy, Public Works, and Services, Argentina, Felix Pena
Panelist Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Riordan Roett
June 11, 1999

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VI. Conclusions

Panelist Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Albert Fishlow
June 11, 1999

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Venezuela's New Agenda

Presider George W. Landauformer U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela
Speaker Hugo Chavez FriasPresident, Venezuela
June 9, 1999

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Is the Worst Really Over? Latin America and the Global Economy

Presider Kenneth R. MaxwellNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Inter-American Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Speakers Stephen FidlerU.S. Diplomatic Editor, The Financial Times, Robert D. HormatsVice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, Francisco GrosChairman, Morgan Stanley Latin America, Arturo C. PorzecanskiManaging Director and Americas Chief Economist, ING Barings, Joyce ChangManaging Director, International Emerging Markets, Merrill Lynch & Co.
May 26, 1999

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The New Book Series: Chocolate, Piratas e Outros Malandros and A Construcao da Democracia em Portugal

Commentators Jeremy AdelmanPrinceton University, Daniel PizaGazeta Mercantil, Sao Paolo
Presider Susan Kaufman PurcellCouncil of the Americas
Speaker Kenneth R. Maxwell
May 25, 1999

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The View from the Venezuelan Business Community

Presider Elliott Abrams
Speakers Pedro PalmaHeptagon, Antonio HerreraVenezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce, Jorge RedmondChocolates El Rey/Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce
May 4, 1999

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Brazil: Edging Toward Recovery?

Presider Carla A. HillsChairman and C.E.O., Hills & Co.; former U.S. Trade Representative
Speaker Pedro Sãmpaio MalanMinister of Finance, Brazil
April 29, 1999

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Toward a New Financial Architecture

Speaker Jose Antonio OcampoExecutive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean (ECLAC)
Presider Daniel A. SharpRoyal Institution World Science Assembly
April 15, 1999

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The Internal Armed Conflict and the Peace Process in Colombia

Presider Linda Robinson
Speakers Juan Manuel SantosJournalist/Fundacion Buen Gobierno, Juan Manuel SantosLa Nota Economics, Bogota, Maria Teresa RonderosJournalist/Fundacion Buen Gobierno, Rafael Pardo
March 24, 1999

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The Crisis in Brazil

Speakers Albert FishlowPaul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations, Kenneth R. MaxwellNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Inter-American Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Henrique de Campos MeirellesPresident and COO, BankBoston
March 4, 1999

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Democracy Through Latin American Lenses

Presider Marta B. Varela
Speaker Roderic CampClaremont McKenna College
February 26, 1999

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Religion and Society in Latin America: A Catholic Perspective

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speakers John Cardinal O'ConnorArchbishop of New York, Oscar A. RodriguezMetropolitan Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras/President, Latin American Council of Bishops
November 30, 1998

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Mexico: Whither Its Global Race?

Presider Lynn de
Speaker Rosario GreenSecretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
September 25, 1998

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Can Brazil Emerge as an International Leader?

Presider Arminio FragaPacifico Universidade Catolica, Brazil
Speaker Luiz Felipe LampreiaMinister of Foreign Relations, Brazil
September 24, 1998

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Colombia: Prospects for Peace

Presider William R. Rhodes
Speaker Andres PastranaPresident, Colombia
September 23, 1998

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A Conversation on Brazil

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Riordan RoettThe Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
September 20, 1998

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A Conversation on Venezuela

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
September 13, 1998

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Crossing the Border: Understanding Mexican-U.S. Migration

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speakers Jesus Reyes HerolesAmbassador of Mexico to the United States, Sidney WeintraubCenter for Strategic and International Studies, Francisco AlbaColegio de Mexico
April 23, 1998

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Toward a Mexican Fundamentalism

Presider Robert B. Silvers
Speaker Enrique KrauzeEditorial Clio
March 16, 1998

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Mexican Generals: Marching to a New Political Tune?

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Roderic CampTulane University
December 2, 1997

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Mediating Democracy in the Americas

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Robert A. PastorThe Carter Center
October 30, 1997

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Mercosur and the E.U.: A New Alliance

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Wolf GrobendorffInstitute for European-Latin American Relations (IRELA)
October 23, 1997

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Cardoso: The Causes and Limits of Personal Political Change

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Elio GaspariPolitical Columnist, Brazil
September 18, 1997

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Cuba and Religious Institutions in the Run-Up to the Papal Visit

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speakers Anthony M. StevensProgram for the Analysis of Religion among Latinos (PARAL), Yolanda PrietoRamapo College, Gustavo BenavidesVillanova University
September 4, 1997

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Mexico: The PRI, the Electoral Reforms, and the Upcoming Elections

Presider Clint E. Smith
Speaker Humberto Roque VillanuevaPartido Revolucionario Institucional, Mexico
May 20, 1997

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Colombia, the United States, and Decertification

Presider Sergio J. Galvis
Speakers Juan Carlos EsguerraEmbassy of Colombia to the United States, Robert GelbardU.S. Department of State, Carlos Lleras de la FuenteFundacian Presencia, Alfonso ValdiviesoOffice of the Prosecutor General, Colombia
February 18, 1997

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U.S. Interests in Latin America and Emerging Trends

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker L. Ronald SchemanInternational Development Bank
January 28, 1997

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Update on Brazil

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Alfred StepanGladstone Professor of Government and Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford University
January 17, 1997

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Update on the Mexican Economy

Presider E. Gerald Corrigan
Speaker Guillermo OrtizSecretary of Finance and Public Credit, Mexico
December 9, 1996

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Colombia: The Guerrillas, the Military, and Issues of Institutional Stability

Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
Speaker Enrique UmanaMinistry of Defense, Colombia, formerly
November 21, 1996

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Update on Chile

Presider Juan C. Cappello
Speaker Pablo HalpernOffice of the Presidency, Chile
October 22, 1996

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Update on Venezuela

Presider Andrea Bonime
October 17, 1996

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Update on Mexico

Presider Susan Kaufman PurcellCouncil of the Americas
Speaker Jose Angel Gurria TrevinoForeign Ministry, Mexico
October 1, 1996

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Drugs and the U.S. Border

Presider Renate Rennie
Speaker Ana AranaJournalist
September 10, 1996

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