In an episode co-produced with the Historias podcast, I talk with my colleagues and good friends Jurgen Buchenau (UNC Charlotte), Greg Crider (Winthrop University), and Steven Hyland (Wingate University) about The Latin Americanist, the peer-reviewed journal owned by the Southeastern Council of Latin American Studies. We talk about all aspects of it, including how excited we are to be published by the University of North Carolina Press.
Greg talks with Jonathan Rosen, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Holy Family University, about his experience serving as an expert witness in immigration cases. Jonathan has served in almost 100 cases, mostly involving Central American migrants fearful of returning. He has some great insights into the whole process and even how people can get involved.
Greg talks with Christine Wade, Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Washington College and fairly frequent guest on the podcast. The topic is El Salvador, but we also dive into the details of textbook writing, since the new edition of her textbook Understanding Central America: Global Forces and Political Change is out in its 7th edition.
Greg goes it alone in this episode, feeling flashbacks to the 1990s and the continued relevance of civil-military relations in Latin America, to the detriment of democracy. He looks in general at the issue, with reference to El Salvador and Bolivia. Really, what the &%$&?
Greg talks with Pablo Rubio, a historian who is currently Visiting Researcher at Georgetown University and Investigador de la Biblioteca del Congreso Nacional de Chile. He researches the political transition in Chile and U.S.-Chilean relations. We chat about the effects of the transition, constitutional reform, police violence, and even how the right believes Venezuela is behind the protests.
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Greg talks with Miguel Centellas, who is Croft Instructional Associate Professor of Sociology & International Studies at The University of Mississippi. He does research on Bolivian politics and electoral politics and measuring democracy as well. He was on the podcast way back in December 2016. At that point, Evo Morales had decided to run despite the failed referendum. This time we discuss the current crisis, what the opposition is like, and the state of Bolivian democracy, complete with a Star Wars reference.
Here is a link to our last conversation: https://archive.org/details/Podcast18_201612
Greg talks with Jason Marczak, Director of the Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center at the Atlantic Council. He’s been active in studying Latin America for a long time, previously with the Americas Society and Council for the Americas. Yesterday the council hosted an event “China, Oil, and Venezuela: Myths, Reality, and the Future.” In particular, they talk about what China’s interests are in Venezuela, and what role it might play in an eventual political transition.
Greg talks with Alan McPherson, Professor of History and Director of the Center for the Study of Force and Diplomacy at Temple University. He has published a ton on U.S.-Latin American relations, especially as it relates to intervention. In particular, he has a brand new book Ghosts of Sheridan Circle: How a Washington Assassination Brought Pinochet’s Terror State to Justice. That assassination took place September 21, 1976, almost exactly 43 years ago. I highly recommend the book, which reads like a thriller.
Greg talks with Arturo Lopez-Levy, who is Visiting Assistant Professor of international Relations at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota. He has a Ph.D. in international Studies from the Josef Korbel School of International Studies of the University of Denver. He has published articles about Cuba, Latin America, and the U.S. policy towards Latin America. They talk about U.S. policy Cuba, based on an article he recently published in NACLA. It ranged from Trump administration goals to reaction in Cuba, to what economic consequences we might see as a result of U.S. policy.