The Current Crisis in Latin America: Why Now and What Does It Signify



12:00 pm- 1:30 pm


6/3, 6/10, 6/17, 6/24

Four Sessions

This course will be offered online via the free, easy-to-use Zoom program.

After a period of significant accomplishments in many Latin American countries, things took a turn for the worse in the last few years. Focusing on Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Chile, this course will seek to explain this deterioration and its implications for these countries and for United States policy toward the region. Venezuela as a “failed” state; Bolsonaro’s right-wing populism in Brazil; the return of the Peronists to power in Argentina; and the massive political demonstrations that rocked Chile will be extensively covered.

    Martin Weinstein received his Ph.D. from New York University. He is Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the William Paterson University of New Jersey. Dr. Weinstein is the author of Uruguay: The Politics of FailureUruguay: Democracy at the Crossroads and the editor of Revolutionary Cuba in the World Arena. In 2016 he co-edited, along with Abraham Lowenthal a volume entitled Kalman Silvert: Engaging Latin America, Building Democracy. He was an Adjunct Professor of Politics in the graduate program in Latin American Studies at New York University for some twenty years.  His other publications include more than three dozen articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries on Uruguay, United States-Latin American relations and human rights in Latin America. Dr. Weinstein is the recipient of two Fulbright awards: the first to conduct his dissertation research and the second to teach in Argentina and Uruguay.

    Weinstein has testified as an expert witness before the House International Relations Committee in Washington, D.C., and worked on human rights campaigns with Amnesty International. For over a decade,  he has lectured and offered courses on Latin America, including a course on Pope Francis, for OLLI.

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