Thomas Friedman

Perspective – Thomas Friedman

New York Times writer and author Thomas L. Friedman brings attention to a critical element of the climate and energy dilemma that many overlook.  In his keynote presentation as part of the 2010 Wake Forest University Energy Conference, Friedman stresses the need for a true revolution in our thinking towards energy consumption.  He presents a […]

Colombia

Perspective – Colombia in the Crossroads

In a recent visit to campus, journalist and human rights activist Robin Kirk joined with Tomas Uribe (son of Colombian President Alvaro Uribe) to discuss Columbia at the Crossroads – the past, present and future issues for Colombia.  These issues include drug-trafficking, human rights violations, U.S.-Colombian relations, violence, urbanization and economic development. Speaking first, Kirk […]

Uncle Sam Latin America

Synthesis – U.S. Democracy to Latin America

U.S. Democracy to Latin America: A ‘Counterproductive’ Export? In a 1979 article for the journal Commentary, Former UN Ambassador Jeanne Kirkpatrick states that there is a belief among educated Americans that the U.S. can transform any autocracy in the world into a democracy.[1] This has evolved into somewhat of an ideological mandate in recent years […]

Weavers of Revolution

Analysis – Weavers of Revolution

Peter Winn, Weavers of Revolution: The Yarur Workers and Chile’s Road to Socialism, (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 1986). The grassroots revolution in Chile presents a pivotal moment in the history of Latin America, revealing a clear departure from previous violent movements found in Cuba, Argentina and Mexico. Instead, Chile experiences nonviolent change through […]

Juan Manuel de Rosas

Analysis – Argentine Caudillo: Juan Manuel de Rosas

John Lynch, Argentine Caudillo: Juan Manuel de Rosas, (Wilmington, DE: Scholarly Resources, 2001). In the study of early South American governance, author and historian John Lynch focuses on the emergence of a governed society in Argentina driven by the influence of Juan Manuel de Rosas.  Lynch chronicles the lifespan of Rosas beginning with the childhood […]

The Worm in the Wheat

Analysis – The Worm In The Wheat

Timothy J. Henderson, The Worm In The Wheat, (Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 1998). Confusing power shifts and agrarian struggles define the Mexican Revolution.  Author and historian Timothy J. Henderson provides a fresh perspective of the period from 1906-1927 by weaving together historical context with the first-hand accounts of foreign-born hacienda owner Rosalie Evans.  Evans […]