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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CLACS) and the North American Congress on Latin America (NACLA) present a discussion on the implications of a change in US foreign policy towards Venezuela under the Biden administration, and the potential implications to the future of the South American country, featuring Jorge Castañeda (NYU Global Distinguished Professor/CLACS), and Alejandro Velasco (NYU Gallatin). This event will be moderated by Mikhael G. Iglesias (CLACS MA Candidate).
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About the Event:
The complex humanitarian and political turmoil in Venezuela have been spotlighted by the Trump administration through its policies towards the Maduro government. Sanctions, the backing of Juan Guaido and the denunciation of corruption and authoritarianism, have been some of the policies implemented by the outgoing administration, and have been reflected in the US political rhetoric. With the incoming Biden administration US policy towards Venezuela and the relation between both countries may change.
About the Speakers:
Jorge Castañeda was Foreign Minister of Mexico from 2000 to 2003. He attempted to run for President of Mexico as an independent candidate in 2006. Castañeda is a renowned public intellectual, political scientist, and prolific writer, with an interest in Mexican and Latin American politics , comparative politics and US-Mexican and US-Latin American relations. Born in Mexico City in 1953, Dr. Castañeda received a BA from Princeton University and a BA from Universite de Paris-I (Pantheon-Sorbonne), an MA from the École Pratique de Hautes Etudes, and his Ph. D. in Economic History from the University of Paris-I. Among his more than 15 books published in the United States and elsewhere are: Limits to Friendship: The United States and Mexico (with Robert Pastor), Utopia Unarmed: The Latin American Left after the Cold War (Knopf, 1993), The Mexican Shock (New Press, 1995), Partner: The Life and Death of Che Guevara (Knopf, 1997), and Perpetuating Power: How Mexican Presidents Were Chosen (New Press, 2000); Ex-Mex: From Migrants to Immigrants (The New Press, 2007); Forever tomorrow? Mexico and the Mexicans (Vintage, Random House, 2012). Dr. Castañeda is a regular columnist for the Mexican daily Milenio, the Spanish daily El País and TIME Magazine. In 1997, he was appointed Global Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Latin American Studies at New York University. He has been a Member of the Board of Human Rights Watch since 2003. In April 2008, Castañeda was elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and International Member of the American Philosophical Society. In 2013, President Peña Nieto appointed him as Co-President of the France-Mexico Strategic Council.
Alejandro Velasco is a historian of modern Latin America whose research and teaching interests are in the areas of social movements, urban culture and democratization. His book, Barrio Rising: Urban Popular Politics and the Making of Modern Venezuela (University of California Press, 2015), couples archival and ethnographic research to examine how residents of Venezuela’s largest public housing community pursued full citizenship during the heyday of Latin America’s once-model democracy. Before joining the Gallatin faculty, Professor Velasco taught at Hampshire College, where he was a Five College Fellow, and at Duke University. His teaching record includes interdisciplinary courses on contemporary Latin America, including seminars on human rights, cultural studies, and urban social movements; historical methods courses on 20th-century revolutions; graduate history courses on urban political history and workshops with primary and secondary school educators. At Gallatin, his courses include “(Re)Imagining Latin America,” “¡Revolución!,” “Incivility in the Age of Civil Society,” and "Art and Politics in the City," a multi-sited collaboration between NYU Buenos Aires and NYU Washington Square. Professor Velasco’s research has won major funding support from the Social Science Research Council, the American Historical Association, the Ford Foundation, and the Mellon Foundation, among others, and he has presented widely at both national and international conferences and symposia.
Mikhael G. Iglesias (Moderator) is a MA candidate at the Center for Latin American and the Caribbean studies at NYU and former professor and researcher at Universidad Católica Andres Bello in Venezuela.