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

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

Speakers Arturo A. ValenzuelaGeorgetown University, Pat MaherNational Intelligence Council
Presider Julia E. SweigNelson 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 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

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

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The Crisis in Argentina

Speakers Mark FalcoffAmerican Entreprise Institute for Public Policy, Felipe de la BalzeConsejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales, Rosendo FragaCentro de Estudios Union para la Nueva Mayoria
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. CollNaval War College
March 14, 2002

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Cuba

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

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

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

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

Speaker Victor BulmerDirector, 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 RubioDirector, 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 Felipe de la BalzeCentro Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales (CARI), Rosendo FragaExecutive Director, Centro de Estudios Unión para la Nueva Mayoría
Presider Kenneth R. MaxwellNelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations
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, David MyersProfessor of Political Science, Pennsylvania State Unviersity, Terry KarlDirector, Center for Latin American Development Studies, Stanford University, Moises NaímEditor, Foreign Policy Magazine
Presider Elliott Abrams
June 29, 1999

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I. Introduction

Speakers Kenneth R. Maxwell, Thomas F. McLarty IIIMcLarty International, Angel CorcosteguiUnited States-Spain Council, Robert GrahamMember, U.S. Senate (D-Flor.)
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 SyronAmerican Stock Exchange, Alfredo RizkallahSão Paolo Stock Exchange, Antonio ZoidaMadrid Stock Exchange, Richard GrassoFormer Chairman, New York Stock Exchange
June 21, 1999

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IV. Credit Market Integration

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

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The Regional Relevance of the Organization of American States

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

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USAID in Latin America: Priorities for Democratic Consolidation

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

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

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I. Welcome.

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

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IV. Mercosur from a European Perspective

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

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V. U.S. Policy Options on Mercosur

Speaker Riordan Roett
Panelist Kenneth R. Maxwell
Commentators Felix Pena, Wolf GrobendorffMinistry of Economy, Public Works, and Services, Argentina
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 FriasPresident, Venezuela
Presider George W. Landauformer U.S. Ambassador to Venezuela
June 9, 1999

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

Speakers Arturo C. PorzecanskiManaging Director and Americas Chief Economist, ING Barings, Joyce ChangManaging Director, International Emerging Markets, Merrill Lynch & Co., Francisco GrosChairman, Morgan Stanley Latin America, Robert D. HormatsVice Chairman, Goldman Sachs International, Stephen FidlerU.S. Diplomatic Editor, The Financial Times
Presider Kenneth R. MaxwellNelson 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 PurcellCouncil of the Americas
Commentators Jeremy AdelmanPrinceton University, Daniel PizaGazeta Mercantil, Sao Paolo
May 25, 1999

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The View from the Venezuelan Business Community

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

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Brazil: Edging Toward Recovery?

Speaker Pedro Sãmpaio MalanMinister of Finance, Brazil
Presider Carla A. HillsChairman 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 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

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

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The Crisis in Brazil

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

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Democracy Through Latin American Lenses

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

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Religion and Society in Latin America: A Catholic Perspective

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

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Mexico: Whither Its Global Race?

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

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Can Brazil Emerge as an International Leader?

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

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Colombia: Prospects for Peace

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

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A Conversation on Brazil

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

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Toward a Mexican Fundamentalism

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

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Mexican Generals: Marching to a New Political Tune?

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

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Mediating Democracy in the Americas

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

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Mercosur and the E.U.: A New Alliance

Speaker Wolf GrobendorffInstitute 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 GaspariPolitical 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 BenavidesVillanova University, Yolanda PrietoRamapo College, Anthony M. StevensProgram 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 VillanuevaPartido Revolucionario Institucional, Mexico
Presider Clint E. Smith
May 20, 1997

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Colombia, the United States, and Decertification

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

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U.S. Interests in Latin America and Emerging Trends

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

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Update on Brazil

Speaker Alfred StepanGladstone 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 OrtizSecretary 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 UmanaMinistry of Defense, Colombia, formerly
Presider Kenneth R. Maxwell
November 21, 1996

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Update on Chile

Speaker Pablo HalpernOffice 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 TrevinoForeign Ministry, Mexico
Presider Susan Kaufman PurcellCouncil of the Americas
October 1, 1996

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Drugs and the U.S. Border

Speaker Ana AranaJournalist
Presider Renate Rennie
September 10, 1996

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