13/05/2006

Latin American Seminars.

I was overwhelmed by the amount of things that are happening this month regarding the Latin American community here in Auckland.

Specially the seminar organised by NZCLAS (NZ Centre for Latin American Studies).

I strictly recomend to the listeners to go to any of ths seminars, great place also to meet interesting people and learn a bit about Latin America.

For every one interested in any of the seminars taking place at the University of Auckland here is the info:

NZCLAS Latin American Seminars 16-26 May Below you will find information about three seminars organised by NZCLAS(NZ Centre for Latin American Studies) that will take place this month: Arts NZCLAS is also collecting signature for their Latin American Club. To bepart of it, or to know more about it, you can also contact theirwebsite above. SEMINARS: Nuclear Disarmament Today: A View from BrazilAmbassador Sergio DuartePresident 2005 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, retiredAmbassador-at-large of Brazil for Disarmament and Non-proliferation Federation of University Women Room, Old Government House.Tuesday May 16th, 12-1.30pm. Fresh from participating as a keynote speaker in the “NationalConsultative Committee on Disarmament” weekend in Wellington on 13-14May 2006, Ambassador Duarte will give a talk on themes related to thatevent. After his presentation there will be comments from localacademics and peace activists, and then an opportunity for questions andanswers from the audience Ambassador Sergio Duarte is coming to New Zealand to discuss "Prospectsfor non-proliferation in the current international situation." He willbe bringing an innovative perspective on ways out of the currentinternational/multilateral impasses, not just for governments, but alsofor NGOs. During his time in this country Ambassador Duarte willhighlight the serious challenges to the non-proliferation regime, andcomment on the imbalance of discriminatory restrictions placed onnon-nuclear-weapons states while nuclear weapons states show little willto accept multilaterally negotiated curbs on their freedom of action. An Informal Roundtable on Mexico and New Zealand Adriana González Carrillo2006 Prime Minister’s Latin American Fellow Arts 616 Bldg.Friday May 19, 1-2 pm. Mrs González will meet academics and students who are interested in themost recent developments of Mexican politics, focusing on internationalaffairs and human rights issues. Refreshments will be provided. Adriana González Carrillo is a member of President Fox’s National ActionParty (PAN) in the lower house of Congress for the state of Mexico. Sheis Chair of the House External Relations Commission (the equivalent ofthe NZ FADAC), a member of the National Defence Commission, an alternatemember of the European Committee and a member of the Mexico/USInter-Parliamentary Delegation. She is considered a young politician towatch. Following the end of her Congressional term, she is likely tohave a political future elsewhere, as a Senator, Governor, Minister orhigh-level appointee. She has a strong interest in internationalaffairs, particularly human rights, and has been an active Chair of theExternal Relations Commission.Prospects and Problems of Indigenous Socialism in Latin America, and thePossibility of Energy Wars Dr Paul Buchanan Politics, NZCLASArts 1 Bldg. Room 616Friday May 26, 1-2 pm. The rise of indigenous socialism as a political force in Latin Americahas its roots in the failures of market-oriented macroeconomic reformthat aggravated and compounded pre-modern grievances. Long suppressed byauthoritarians of various stripes, indigenous voices capitalised on thewindow of opportunity afforded by the turn to electoral politics in the1990s. Allied with resurgent left parties in several countries,indigenous socialism is the driving force behind the nationalisation ofstrategic industries, particularly the energy industry, in countriessuch as Bolivia, and is a core element of the emerging counter-hegemonicbloc constituted by Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela (and possibly Peru shouldOllanta Humala win the June run-off presidential elections) inopposition to US-led market-driven regional trade initiatives such asNAFTA, the Andean Pact and MERCOSUR. The talk will focus on theprospects and problems of the emergence of indigenous socialism as adriving force in contemporary Latin American politics, and in light ofits emergence, will ponder the potential for conflict over access tocross-border energy supplies in a macroeconomic context dominated bynon-renewable resource-dependent growth.


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