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The US presidential Election Day is approaching. The result is a concern for Latin America and the next US president can change the course of the relations with Latin America. How would a victory for Biden or Trump affect the relationship between Latin America and the US? With US dependence in question, Latin American countries may be looking to build strong relationships in other parts of the world like China. How would that affect the region? These are some of the questions that are highlighted in this virtual seminar.


Monica Herz

Mônica Herz Associate professor at the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. She has a PHD degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science and has written three books : Organizações Internacionais: histórias e práticas (co-authors Andréa Ribeiro Hoffman, Jana Tabak)  Rio de Janeiro: Elsevier, 2004  and Ecuador vs. Peru: Peacemaking Amid Rivalry (co author, João Pontes Nogueira ) Boulder Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2002 ,Global Governance Away From the Media, Routledge, 2010, apart from several articles and chapters on Latin American security, global governance and Brazilian foreign policy.

Christopher Sabatini


Christopher Sabatini Senior Research Fellow for Latin America at the Royal Institute of International Studies (Chatham House) in London. Previously he was an instructor of international affairs at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and the founder and executive director of the research institute Global Americans.  He writes regularly for a number of journals and newspapers including Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, World Politics Review, New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald. He is also the founder and former editor of Americas Quarterly.


Benedicte Bull

Benedicte Bull Professor of political science at the Centre for Development and the Environment (SUM), University of Oslo. Between 2008 and 2020 she was the director of the Norwegian Latin America Research Network (NorLARNet), and between 2015 and 2020 the also the head of the Oslo Academy of Global Governance. She is now the president of the board of NILAS. Her research has focused on development, institutions, environmental governance and political economy in Latin America and in international institutions, with a particular focus on elites and inequality. Starting out as a Central Americanist, she has later focused on Chile and more recently the political economy emerging in crisis ridden Venezuela, as well as the impact on Latin America of an ongoing global and regional "order upheaval".

Monica Serrano Puebla

Mónica Serrano Professor of International Relations and researcher at El Colegio de México, Senior Fellow at Ralph Bunche Institute, Associate Fellow of the International Institute for Strategic Studies IISS, and Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, Oxford University. Dr Serrano´s research interests are in the International Relations of Latin America and North America, with particular reference to international institutions, security, human rights, and transnational crime. Her publications include: “US-Mexican Relations: From NAFTA to Donald Trump” (2017) and numerous books, articles and book chapters on international institutions, human rights, drug policy and organized crime. Her current research focuses on drug policy, organized crime and the last generation of human rights violations in Mexico and Latin America.

Moderator: Magnus Lembke, Nordic Institute of Latin American Studies

Organiser: Christina Alnevall, Nordic Institute of Latin American Studies (Nilas) and University of Oslo
Contact: Christina Alnevall

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