ANCLAS Senior Associate Dr Rolando Ochoa published in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald

Dr Rolando Ochoa, ANCLAS Senior Associate published in yesterday’s Sydney Morning Herald, The Canberra Times, The Age and The Brisbane Times about Joaquín “El Chapo” (Shorty) Guzman escape last Saturday night from the maximum security prison in Mexico.

You can read the story here http://www.smh.com.au/comment/joaqun-el-chapo-shorty-guzmans-escape-highlights-mexicos-corruption-and-drug-problems-20150714-gic0u3.html

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ANCLAS book launch – Australia and Latin America: Challenges and Opportunities in the New Millennium

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents the book launch of:

Australia and Latin America
Challenges and Opportunities in the New Millennium

Edited by Barry Carr and John Minns

Published August 2014

3:00pm Wednesday 29 April
L.J Hume Centre, Copland Building (24) 1st Floor, Room 1171, ANU

This is a good time to reflect on opportunities and challenges for Australia in Latin America. Impressive economic growth and opportunities for trade and investment have made Latin America a dynamic area for Australia and the Asia Pacific region. A growing Latin American population, Australia’s attractiveness to Latin American students, a fascination with the cultural vibrancy of the Americas and an awareness of Latin America’s increasingly independent stance in politics and economic diplomacy, have all contributed to raising the region’s profile. This collection of essays provides the first substantial introduction to Australia’s evolving engagement with Latin America, identifying current trends and opportunities, and making suggestions about how relationships in trade, investment, foreign aid, education, culture and the media could be strengthened.

About the editors

Barry Carr is Adjunct Professor at The Australian National University for Latin American Studies (ANCLAS) at the ANU and Senior Fellow of the Institute of Latin American Studies at La Trobe University. A historian of modern Latin America, he has researched and published widely on the twentieth century development of Mexico and Cuba. His most recent book is (with Jeffrey Webber) The Latin American Left: Cracks in the Empire (2013).

John Minns is the Director of the Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies and Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at The Australian National University.

The launch will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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ANCLAS book launch

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies presents the book launch of:

“Neoliberal Hegemony and the Pink Tide in Latin America: Breaking Up With TINA?”

3:00pm Wednesday 4 February
L.J Hume Centre, Copland Building (24) 1st Floor, Room 1171, ANU

Meet with the author Tom Chodor, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, UQ and guest speaker Associate Professor Alastair Greig, reader in Sociology, ANU.

The book examines the struggles against neoliberal hegemony in Latin America, under the ‘Pink Tide’ of leftist governments. Utilizing a critical International Political Economy framework derived from the work of Antonio Gramsci,  it looks at its two most prominent members – Venezuela under Hugo Chávez and Brazil under Lula and Dilma Rousseff. The author argues that Venezuela’s Bolivarian Revolution represents a counter-hegemonic project that seeks to construct a radical alternative to neoliberalism, while the Brazilian project is better understood as a passive revolution aiming to re-secure consent for neoliberal hegemony by making material and ideological concession to the Brazilian masses. Despite their differences, the two projects cooperate at the regional level, driving the process of regional integration that aims to make Latin America more politically, economically and ideologically autonomous in the neoliberal world order. The book suggests this process opens up opportunities for a fairer, more prosperous and more democratic Latin America in the 21st century, challenging American hegemony and its neoliberal project in doing so.

About the author
Tom Chodor is the UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland. His research interests include International Relations, International Political Economy, globalisation, global governance, neoliberalism, regionalism, and the Pink Tide. He is currently working on a book about the Global South in global governance.

The launch will be followed by light food and beverages. Free and open to the public, no RSVP required.

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ANCLAS’s Dr Tracy Fenwick talks to ABC Radio about developments in Argentina

Dr Tracy Fenwick, ANCLAS Senior Associate and Director of ANU’s Australian Centre for Federalism, spoke to ABC News Radio yesterday about political scandal in Argentina and rumours of connections between President Kirchner’s clique and the apparent suicide of a state prosecutor investigating corruption. You can hear the interview here: http://www.abc.net.au/newsradio/content/s4166993.htm

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TÁNGALO

TÁNGALO RETURNS TO CANBERRA
with Duo Ramirez Satorre. Direct from Buenos Aires.

19th February Thursday: Concert
Great Hall, University House
Australian National University
7pm
Entry: $30
Tickets at www.tangalo.com.au

 

The fiery nightlife of Buenos Aires is coming to Canberra as Tángalo and Duo-Ramirez
Satorre combine forces at a series of special events this February. Duo Ramirez-Satorre are masters of their craft, capturing the essence of the Argentine spirit with their interpretations of classic and contemporary repertoire. Featuring Hugo Satorre on bandoneon and Adrian Ramírez on guitar the duo have recently released their Grammy- Nominated ‘Piazzolla de Camara’ album. Tángalo, Australia’s premiere tango quintet, known for their highly danceable sound and flair in performing golden age and modern tango are returning direct from successful performances in Buenos Aires, the international capital of tango.
Together Tángalo and Duo Ramirez-Satorre will present a captivating and eclectic selection of tango and folkloric music. In what is a rare treat for Australian audiences the gritty power of multiple bandoneons will feature in the grand seven piece orchestra – also including violin, guitar, flute, piano, bass and vocals.

This concert has been made possible from
the sponsorship of The Embassy of
Argentina, as well as the support of
ANCLAS and The Artist’s Shed.

Morena Dancewear is a proud supporter of this tour

 

For full tour dates visit www.tangalo.com.au.tangalo-portrait-1024x682

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We want them alive: Violence and the “Mexican Moment”

The Australian National Centre for Latin American Studies, The School of Sociology and the Criminology Society at the Australian National University present:

We want them alive: Violence and the “Mexican Moment”

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Public Seminar by Dr. Rolando Ochoa

1:00pm Wednesday 19th November Manning Clark Centre, Theatre 5, ANU

For most of the last decade, Mexico has been mired in chronic violence due to the toxic relationships between the state and organized crime. The government’s war on drug cartels has caused the death of over 80,000 and the disappearance of over 25,000. Today, the country is in the midst of an important political crisis triggered by the forced disappearance of 43 students at the hands of police, which has sparked mass protests for over a month. At the same time, the government is keen to promote its economic reforms and position Mexico as an important economic partner and international actor in the Asia Pacific region as evidenced by President Peña Nieto’s recent visit to China and the G20 Summit in Brisbane. How can we understand this disconnect between the local and international contexts? In this Public Seminar we will discuss the historical and institutional roots of the current situation in Mexico with regards to violence and how these may impact the government’s agenda at the international level with added discussions on possible policy paths for the future.

Speaker: Dr. Rolando Ochoa is a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of Sociology, Australian National University. He holds a DPhil in Sociology and an MPhil in Latin American Studies, both from the University of Oxford, UK. He has been researching crime and violence in Mexico (in its many forms) for over a decade and is particularly interested in serious crimes, urban crime, organised crime, and crime prevention. He also has policy experience in the field of crime prevention and community safety.

The seminar will be followed by light refreshments. For catering purposes please RSVP by COB 17 November http://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/mexico-violence-and-the-mexican-moment-tickets-14307854177?utm_campaign=new_eventv2&utm_medium=email&utm_source=eb_email&utm_term=eventurl_text

For more information please visit: http://anclas.anu.edu.au/ & http://sociology.anu.edu.au/

 

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Featured video on Sky News, Dr Sean Burges – Brazil’s leader faces division, poor economy

ANCLAS Deputy Director, Dr Sean Burges featured on Sky News, 28 October 2014.

 

http://www.skynews.com.au/news/world/sthamerica/2014/10/28/brazil-s-lead…

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