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Latin America: Forgotten Continent?

  • Sep 20, 2009 · 4:00 PM
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Please note that in September we will meet on the THIRD Sunday of the month. (Usually we meet on the 2nd Sunday).

Our topic this month will be Latin America, a survey of the political, economic, and social landscape. To kick-start the discussion, David will present an overview of Forgotten Continent: The Battle for Latin America's Soul, by Michael Reid. You are invited--but not required--to peruse this book prior to the meeting. It is available in paperback on Amazon and elsewhere.

Some thoughts on Latin America:

* Some countries in the region did very well during the recent (and ongoing) world financial crisis. This is a good sign. Are these countries--Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru--poised to become the new economic "tigers"? What will this mean for the region as a whole?

* Crime, both street level and narcotics trafficking, continues to plague the region. Why can't, or won't, the authorities get a grip on this problem? Is the U.S. anti-drug war helping or making things worse?

* With abundant natural resources Latin America is finding new trading partners in Asia, especially in China. This reduces its historical dependence on the U.S. What are the consequences for the U.S. and for Latin America?

* Will the populism of Chavez of Venezuela spread, or will the more business-like approach of Lula of Brazil be the model for the future?

As always...

All views and political orientations are welcome.

We welcome beginners and policy wonks alike. Feel free to join the discussion or just to listen and learn. Attendance is limited to 14 max as we are meeting in an eatery where it is not possible to reserve space. If you sign up and change your mind, please change your reply so that someone else may attend.

Meetup to last 1.5 hours (until 5:30 PM) although, of course, people are welcome to continue beyond that point.

Looking forward to another stimulating discussion!

John

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