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American Forum - Latin American Presidents, 1990s–2000s: Who’s a Leftist, Who’s a Populist, and What’s the Difference

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Javier Corrales
March 29, 2010
11:00AM - 12:00PM (EDT)

Javier Corrales
Javier Corrales

JAVIER CORRALES, Associate Professor of Political Science at Amherst College and a visiting scholar at Harvard’s David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, argues that the notion of a united leftist coalition of Latin nations opposing the United States and free-market reforms is an illusion. The author of several books on democratization, constitutional change, and economic reforms in Latin America, Corrales will explore the many faces of the leftist trend in Latin America. 

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Latin America: In the last decade, we have witnessed a dramatic rise of leftist governments in Latin America. At the same time, there has also been a substantive decline in U.S. influence in the region, perhaps best exemplified by the failed launch of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA). And long-standing issues such as drug control and immigration remain at the forefront of U.S.-Latin American policy concerns. For these reasons, in the fall of 2008, ten years after Chavez' landmark election in 1998, the Miller Center at the University of Virginia launched a special ongoing Forum series focused on Latin America.

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