Past Event

Debating Latin America's Cold War: Interpretations and Chronologies

April 19, 2022
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118 St., New York, NY 10027 Room 802

What was the Latin America's Cold War? What historical processes marked it and what was its chronology? Drawing on the answers to such questions elaborated in Vanni Pettinà's Compact History of the Cold War (UNC 2022), the panelists will discuss problems of definitions and duration of Latin America's Cold War.

This event will be a hybrid event.


  • José Antonio Ocampo is Co-Director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, Member of the Committee on Global Thought, and co-President of the Initiative for Policy Dialogue at Columbia University. He is also the Chair of the Committee for Development Policy, an expert committee of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). In 2012–2013 he chaired the panel created by the IMF Board to review the activities of the IMF’s Independent Evaluation Office; in 2008–2010, he served as co-director of the UNDP/OAS Project on “Agenda for a Citizens’ Democracy in Latin America”; and in 2009 a Member of the Commission of Experts of the UN General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System.


  • Adela Cedillo is an assistant professor of modern Mexican history. She earned her Ph.D. in Latin American history at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her M.A. and B.A. in Latin American studies and history from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Her research interests include revolutionary movements, counterinsurgency warfare, the war on drugs, human rights and female activism. Cedillo has published several book chapters and peer-reviewed articles on guerrilla organizations, anti-drug campaigns and forced disappearance in Mexico. She is the author of “El Fuego y El Silencio, Historia de las Fuerzas de Liberación Nacional Mexicanas (1969-1974)” and the co-editor of “Challenging Authoritarianism in Mexico: Revolutionary Struggles and the Dirty War, 1964-1982.”


  • Vanni Pettinà holds a Ph.D. in Contemporary History from the University Complutense of Madrid. He is an Associate Professor of International and Latin American Contemporary History at the Center for Historical Studies of El Colegio de México and was John W. Kluge Postdoctoral Fellow at the Library of Congress. He has published articles in the Journal of Latin American Studies, International History Review, Cold War History, and Historia Mexicana. He is the author of Historia Mínima de la Guerra Fría, which will be published in English with UNC Press in 2022 with support from Duke-UNC Latin America In Translation Series Grant. He is co-editor, with Stella Krepp and Thomas Field, of Latin America and the Global Cold War (UNC Press 2021). He is currently working on a book project tentatively titled: From Bilateralism to globalism. Development and Foreign Policy during Mexico’s Cold War.

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