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Election 2020: Candidates’ Positions on Latin America

February 6 @ 7:15 pm - 9:15 pm

Join the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) for a conference on Election 2020 with Max Paul Friedman, Emily Mendrala, and Daniel P. Erikson.

Max Paul Friedman is Professor of History and International Relations at American University. His first book, Nazis and Good Neighbors: The United States Campaign against the Germans of Latin America in World War II (Cambridge University Press, 2003) won the Herbert Hoover Prize in U.S. History and the A.B. Thomas Prize in Latin American Studies. His second book, Rethinking Anti-Americanism: The History of an Exceptional Concept in American Foreign Relations was published by Cambridge University Press in 2012. Friedman has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Fulbright Commission, the Woodrow Wilson National Foundation, and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, among others.

Emily Mendrala is Executive Director of the Center for Democracy in the Americas. She was previously a Director in the Legislative Affairs Directorate at President Obama’s National Security Council where she advised the National Security Advisor on legislative matters pertaining to Latin America, Europe, Asia, Russia, nuclear nonproliferation, and multilateral affairs.

Daniel P. Erikson is Managing Director at Blue Star Strategies, LLC, where he leads the firm’s Latin America practice advising U.S. corporations across Latin America and the Caribbean and Latin American businesses on building international partnerships. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement.  Previously, Mr. Erikson served in the White House as special advisor to the Vice President, where he focused on Western Hemisphere Affairs and covered foreign affairs and national security issues related to Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, South America, and Canada. A widely-published scholar, Mr. Erikson is the author of an award-winning book, The Cuba Wars: Fidel Castro, the United States, and the Next Revolution.

We will be joined by Margaret E. Crahan as commentator. Professor Crahan is a Senior Research Scholar and Director of the Cuba Program at the Institute for Latin American Studies at Columbia University. Doctor Crahan has published over one hundred articles and books including Cuba-US Relations: Normalization and Its Challenges and Donald J. Trump y las relaciones Cuba-Estados Unidos en la encrucijada (with Soraya Castro). Previously, she was the Kozmetsky Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kozmetsky Center of Excellence in Global Finance at St. Edward’s University, the Henry R. Luce Professor of Religion, Power and Political Process at Occidental College, and the Dorothy Epstein Professor of the City University of New York. The conference will be moderated by Peter Winn, professor of history at Tufts University specializing in Latin America.

Attendance to the conference is free. You are also invited to join us at the Faculty House for drinks and dinner with the speakers at 5:30 pm, prior to the conference. The conference is from 7:15 to 9:15 PM. Please note that the cost for the dinner is $30, which must be paid by check made out to “Columbia University”. The check memo should include “Seminar #515.” Please give the check to the rapporteur at the dinner. Please let us know whether you plan to attend the conference and/or dinner as soon as possible.


February 6
7:15 pm - 9:15 pm
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