Rethinking U.S.-Latin American Relations in an Age of Transformations

Abraham F. Lowenthal, Professor Emeritus of International Relations, University of Southern California, discusses whether & how Latin America matters to the U.S. today.

Monday, October 10, 2016


Room 003, Rockefeller Center

Sponsored by: Rockefeller Center

Intended Audience(s): Public

Categories: Lectures & Seminars

This lecture will address two central questions: how have transformative changes over recent decades and especially in the 21st century – within Latin America, in the global context, and in the United States itself – changed the nature of U.S.-Latin American relations? And, what U.S. premises, concepts and policies need to be reconsidered, taking these changes into account? The presentation will discuss U.S. relations with Mexico, Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, the Andrean countries, the Southern Cone, and the “near abroad” of Central American and the Caribbean, as well as the key issues of contemporary inter-American relations.

Speaker Bio:

Abraham F. Lowenthal is Professor Emeritus of International Relations at the University of Southern California and President Emeritus of the Pacific Council on International Policy. He was the founding director of both the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and of the Inter-American Dialogue. He served as a Ford Foundation official in Latin America, as director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, and as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, as well as on numerous editorial and governance boards. His AB, MPA, and PhD are all from Harvard University.

He is the author of The Dominican Intervention (Harvard, 1972), Partners in Conflict: The United States and Latin America (John Hopkins, 1987) and Global California (Stanford, 2009). He has edited or co-edited fifteen other volumes including The Peruvian Experiment; Exporting Democracy: The United States and Latin America; Constructing Democratic Governance; Latin America in a New World; The California-Mexico Connection; Scholars, Policymakers and International Affairs; Democratic Transitions: Conversations with World Leaders; and Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy. He has published more than one hundred book chapters and articles, including eight in Foreign Affairs, six in Foreign Policy, and multiple articles in each of the major Latin American journals on international affairs in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Mexico. Dr. Lowenthal’s work has been published in Spanish, Portuguese, French, German, Dutch, Italian, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, and Burmese.