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Diplomats Discuss Growing Populism in Latin America


Aired 4/19/09

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In Latin America, there is a small but growing coalition of leftist leaders who have become plainly anti-American. Nothing has changed in Cuba, of course. In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez has built his reputation on thumbing his nose at the U.S.

Bolivia, the poorest country in South America, now has a president who is a strong ally of Chavez and Castro. Most recently, Nicaragua elected Sandinista Daniel Ortega as its new leader. Ortega, of course, was the Marxist leader who was vilified by the Reagan administration two decades ago.

Hear more from the ambassadors speaking on diplomacy and the challenge of political change in Latin America tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Institute of the Americas at UCSD.

  • Ambassador David Greenlee , former U.S. ambassador to Bolivia.
  • Ambassador Alexander Watson , former U.S. ambassador to Peru and Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America. He is presently the director for Latin America at the Nature Conservancy.
  • Ambassador Jeffrey Davidow , president of the Institute for the Americas; former U.S. ambassador to Venezuela and Mexico and Assistant Secretary of State for Latin America.

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