New Leadership in Argentina & Bolsonaro’s First Year


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Argentina’s president-elect Alberto Fernández will take office on December 10, together with former president Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner as his vice-president. How will the government of Alberto Fernández deal with Argentina’s serious economic crisis and the IMF? Will the new administration be able to work with the Congress to enact important legislation? What changes can we expect in foreign policy? How likely is a shift in relations with the region, the United States, the European Union, and China? What will be the role of vice-president Cristina Fernández de Kirchner? Can we expect a return to populist policies or a more moderate, pragmatic course?

Meanwhile, in Brazil, president Jair Bolsonaro will mark the end of his first year in office on January 1. What is the assessment of his government so far in jumpstarting the economy, reducing crime, and keeping up the anti-corruption fight? Are continued reforms likely? What accounts for the drop in Bolsonaro’s popularity? Will the formation of a new political party enable Bolsonaro to build political capital? What have been the most important shifts in foreign policy, including with the region, the US, EU, and China? What does the release of Lula da Silva mean for the future of Brazil? What will Brazil-Argentine relations mean for MERCOSUR?  

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Matias Spektor

Associate Professor of International Relations, Fundação Getúlio Vargas (@MatiasSpektor)

Rut Diamint

Professor, University Torcuato Di Tella 

Bruno Binetti

Non-Resident Fellow, Inter-American Dialogue (@binettibruno)

Monica de Bolle

Senior Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) & Adjunct Lecturer, Latin American Studies Program, Johns Hopkins SAIS (@bollemdb)


Rafael Mathus

Correspondent, La Nación (@rmathus)


This conversation will be held in English & Spanish without interpretation. 
A light lunch will be served.