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

Latin America Roundtable: Brazilian National Security and Defense Strategy

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

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

Speaker: Samuel Lewis Navarro, Vice President of Panama
Presider: Stephen Donehoo, Kissinger McLarty Associates
May 19, 2006

This meeting is not for attribution.

Latin America Roundtable: Energy in the Western Hemisphere

Speaker: Sidney Weintraub, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Presider: Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations
April 10, 2006

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

Speaker: Epsy Campbell Barr, Legislator, Costa Rican National Assembly
Presider: Julia E. Sweig, Nelson 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

Speakers: Pat Maher, National Intelligence Council, Arturo A. Valenzuela, Georgetown University
Presider: Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of Latin America Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
November 1, 2005

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Latin America Roundtable: Justice in Latin America

Speakers: Judge Juan Guzman, U. Centro de Chile, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Human Rights Watch
Presider: Julia E. Sweig, Council on Foreign Relations
October 24, 2005

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Latin America Roundtable: Latin America Round Up Discussion

Presider: Julia E. Sweig, Council 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

Speakers: Kenneth R. Maxwell, Council on Foreign Relations, Walter Molano, BCP Securities
Presider: Eli Whitney Debevoise, Arnold and Porter
October 30, 2002

This meeting is not for attribution.

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The Crisis in Argentina

Speakers: Mark Falcoff, American Entreprise Institute for Public Policy, Rosendo Fraga, Centro de Estudios Union para la Nueva Mayoria, Felipe de la Balze, Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell
March 25, 2002

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

Speaker: Alberto R. Coll, Naval War College
March 14, 2002

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Cuba

Speakers: Piero Gleijeses, Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies, William LeoGrande, American University
Presider: Julia E. Sweig
February 28, 2002

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

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

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

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

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A Conversation with Lincoln Gordon

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

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Dinner with Governor Tasso Jereissati of Brazil

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

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The Politics of Mexican Economic and Political Transition

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

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

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

This meeting is not for attribution.

Presidential Election Series: PAN Presidential Candidate

Speaker: Vicente Fox, PAN Presidential Candidate, PAN
December 2, 1999

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

Speaker: Wayne A. Cornelius, Professor, Princeton and University of California, San Diego
November 18, 1999

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Religion in Latin America

Speaker: Carlos Manuel De Cespedes, Monsignor
November 3, 1999

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Update on Colombia (October 1999)

Speaker: Michael Shifter, Inter-American Dialogue
October 27, 1999

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

Speakers: Ricardo Hausmann, Chief Economist, International American Development Bank, Terry Karl, Director, Center for Latin American Development Studies, Stanford University, David Myers, Professor of Political Science, Pennsylvania State Unviersity, Moises Naím, Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine
Presider: Elliott Abrams
June 29, 1999

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III. Integration of Capital Markets

Speakers: Richard Grasso, Former Chairman, New York Stock Exchange, Alfredo Rizkallah, São Paolo Stock Exchange, Richard Syron, American Stock Exchange, Antonio Zoida, Madrid Stock Exchange
June 21, 1999

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IV. Credit Market Integration

Speakers: Angel Corcostegui, Secretary of Finance and Public Credit, Citigroup, Guillermo Ortiz, Banco Bilbao-Viscaya, Juan Palacios, William R. Rhodes, Mexico
June 21, 1999

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I. Introduction

Speakers: Angel Corcostegui, United States-Spain Council, Robert Graham, Member, U.S. Senate (D-Flor.), Kenneth R. Maxwell, Thomas F. McLarty III, McLarty International
June 21, 1999

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II. Perspectives on the Brazilian Economy

Speaker: Pedro Sãmpaio Malan, Minister of Finance, Brazil
June 21, 1999

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The Regional Relevance of the Organization of American States

Speaker: Cesar Gaviria, Secretary-General, Organization of American States
Presider: George A. Dalley, Partner, Holland & Knight
June 17, 1999

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USAID in Latin America: Priorities for Democratic Consolidation

Speaker: Mark Schneider, Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, U.S. Agency for International Development
Presider: Tara D. Sonenshine, Senior Adviser, U.S. Institute of Peace
June 14, 1999

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II. The Challenges of Mercosur Beyond the Year 2000

Speaker: Felix Pena, Ministry 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

Speaker: Roberto Bouzas, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales
Panelist: Renate Rennie
Commentators: Andrea Stochhiero, Istituto di Affari Internazionale, Rome, Paolo Wrobel, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, London
June 11, 1999

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I. Welcome.

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

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IV. Mercosur from a European Perspective

Speaker: Victor Bulmer, Institute for Latin American Studies (ILAS), London
Panelist: Wolfgang Wessels
Commentators: Aldo Ferrer, Univeristy of Buenos Aires, Clodoaldo Hugueney, Ambassador of Brazil to the European Union
June 11, 1999

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V. U.S. Policy Options on Mercosur

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

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VI. Conclusions

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

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Venezuela's New Agenda

Speaker: Hugo Chavez Frias, President, Venezuela
Presider: George W. Landau, former U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela
June 9, 1999

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

Speakers: Joyce Chang, Managing Director, International Emerging Markets, Merrill Lynch & Co., Stephen Fidler, U.S. Diplomatic Editor, The Financial Times, Francisco Gros, Chairman, Morgan Stanley Latin America, Robert D. Hormats, Vice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, Arturo C. Porzecanski, Managing Director and Americas Chief Economist, ING Barings
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Inter-American Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
May 26, 1999

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

Speaker: Kenneth R. Maxwell
Presider: Susan Kaufman Purcell, Council of the Americas
Commentators: Jeremy Adelman, Princeton University, Daniel Piza, Gazeta Mercantil, Sao Paolo
May 25, 1999

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The View from the Venezuelan Business Community

Speakers: Antonio Herrera, Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce, Pedro Palma, Heptagon, Jorge Redmond, Chocolates El Rey/Venezuelan-American Chamber of Commerce
Presider: Elliott Abrams
May 4, 1999

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Brazil: Edging Toward Recovery?

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

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Toward a New Financial Architecture

Speaker: Jose Antonio Ocampo, Executive Secretary, Economic Commission for Latin America and the Carribean (ECLAC)
Presider: Daniel A. Sharp, Royal Institution World Science Assembly
April 15, 1999

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The Internal Armed Conflict and the Peace Process in Colombia

Speakers: Rafael Pardo, Maria Teresa Ronderos, Journalist/Fundacion Buen Gobierno, Juan Manuel Santos, La Nota Economics, Bogota, Juan Manuel Santos, Journalist/Fundacion Buen Gobierno
Presider: Linda Robinson
March 24, 1999

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The Crisis in Brazil

Speakers: Albert Fishlow, Paul A. Volcker Senior Fellow for International Economics, Council on Foreign Relations, Kenneth R. Maxwell, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Inter-American Studies, Council on Foreign Relations, Henrique de Campos Meirelles, President and COO, BankBoston
March 4, 1999

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Democracy Through Latin American Lenses

Speaker: Roderic Camp, Claremont McKenna College
Presider: Marta B. Varela
February 26, 1999

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Religion and Society in Latin America: A Catholic Perspective

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

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Mexico: Whither Its Global Race?

Speaker: Rosario Green, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Mexico
Presider: Lynn de
September 25, 1998

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Can Brazil Emerge as an International Leader?

Speaker: Luiz Felipe Lampreia, Minister of Foreign Relations, Brazil
Presider: Arminio Fraga, Pacifico Universidade Catolica, Brazil
September 24, 1998

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Colombia: Prospects for Peace

Speaker: Andres Pastrana, President, Colombia
Presider: William R. Rhodes
September 23, 1998

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A Conversation on Brazil

Speaker: Riordan Roett, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, The Johns Hopkins University
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell
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

Speakers: Francisco Alba, Colegio de Mexico, Jesus Reyes Heroles, Ambassador of Mexico to the United States, Sidney Weintraub, Center for Strategic and International Studies
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell
April 23, 1998

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Toward a Mexican Fundamentalism

Speaker: Enrique Krauze, Editorial Clio
Presider: Robert B. Silvers
March 16, 1998

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Mexican Generals: Marching to a New Political Tune?

Speaker: Roderic Camp, Tulane University
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell
December 2, 1997

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Mediating Democracy in the Americas

Speaker: Robert A. Pastor, The Carter Center
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell
October 30, 1997

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Mercosur and the E.U.: A New Alliance

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

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Cardoso: The Causes and Limits of Personal Political Change

Speaker: Elio Gaspari, Political Columnist, Brazil
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell
September 18, 1997

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

Speakers: Gustavo Benavides, Villanova University, Yolanda Prieto, Ramapo College, Anthony M. Stevens, Program for the Analysis of Religion among Latinos (PARAL)
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell
September 4, 1997

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

Speaker: Humberto Roque Villanueva, Partido Revolucionario Institucional, Mexico
Presider: Clint E. Smith
May 20, 1997

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Colombia, the United States, and Decertification

Speakers: Juan Carlos Esguerra, Embassy of Colombia to the United States, Robert Gelbard, U.S. Department of State, Alfonso Valdivieso, Office of the Prosecutor General, Colombia, Carlos Lleras de la Fuente, Fundacian Presencia
Presider: Sergio J. Galvis
February 18, 1997

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U.S. Interests in Latin America and Emerging Trends

Speaker: L. Ronald Scheman, International Development Bank
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell
January 28, 1997

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Update on Brazil

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

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Update on the Mexican Economy

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

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

Speaker: Enrique Umana, Ministry of Defense, Colombia, formerly
Presider: Kenneth R. Maxwell
November 21, 1996

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Update on Chile

Speaker: Pablo Halpern, Office of the Presidency, Chile
Presider: Juan C. Cappello
October 22, 1996

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Update on Venezuela

Presider: Andrea Bonime
October 17, 1996

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Update on Mexico

Speaker: Jose Angel Gurria Trevino, Foreign Ministry, Mexico
Presider: Susan Kaufman Purcell, Council of the Americas
October 1, 1996

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Drugs and the U.S. Border

Speaker: Ana Arana, Journalist
Presider: Renate Rennie
September 10, 1996

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