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Inter-American Relations after Chavez: Will Venezuela Continue to Attempt to Lead?

Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:15pm - 8:15pm
Columbia University Morningside Campus International Affairs Building, Room 802
Christopher Sabatini, Senior Director of Policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and founder and Editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly (AQ). Dr. Sabatini chairs the AS/COA Rule of Law working group, which published a report on rule of law in the hemisphere entitled Rule of Law, Economic Growth and Prosperity (also available in Spanish). He also chairs the AS/COA Cuba Working Group. In 2007, Dr. Sabatini launched AQ and has since maintained a regular blog on policy in the Americas on the magazines website (www.americasquarterly.org). From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Sabatini was the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy. He has a Ph.D. in Government from the University of Virginia and is an adjunct professor at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University.

Ricardo Torres Prez holds a PhD in Economic Sciences from the University of Havana. He is an associate professor with the Centro de Estudios de la Economa Cubana (CEEC) at the University of Havana and he is currently in residence as Adjunct Research Scholar at the Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS) at Columbia University. He was a government scholar at Hitotsubashi University in Japan (2007-2009) and visiting researcher at Harvard University, and the Ohio State University (2012). He has published at Harvard International Review and has chapters in several books like Cincuenta aos de la economa cubana (Editorial Ciencias Sociales, Havana, 2010), Cuba: hacia una estrategia de desarrollo para los inicios del siglo XXI (Editorial Universidad Javeriana de Cali, 2012) and No More Free Lunch: Reflections on the Cuban Economic Reform Process and Challenges for Transformation, Springer (forthcoming).