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Caamaño in London: the Exile of a Latin American Revolutionary

Fred Halliday, Emeritus Professor of International Relations at LSE.
The book is published posthumously as Professor Halliday sadly passed away in April 2010 when he was in the final stages of writing the book.

Speakers: Professor James Dunkerley, Ambassador Federico Cuello Camino, Dr Tanya Harmer, Dr Francisco Panizza (chair)

Thursday 1 December 2011, 5:30-7:00 (COL. 2.01, LSE campus)

Co-sponsored with the Institute for the Study of the Americas.

In January 1966 Colonel Francisco Caamaño Deñó, President of the Dominican Republic during the 'Constitutionalist' uprising of April-May 1965 and the subsequent US invasion, was exiled to London. Spending twenty months in the British capital as military attaché at the Dominican Embassy, Caamaño remained intensely involved in the affairs of his home country, seeking to rally opposition to the US presence and preparing for his own return before secretly flying, in October 1967, to Cuba. Six years later, in February 1973, he was to lose his life in a failed attempt to launch a guerrilla war in the mountains west of Santo Domingo. Hitherto little has been known about Caamaño's London sojourn, the most important by any Latin American radical leader in the British capital since the visits of Bolivar and San Martín in 1809. This book, using material from people who met Caamaño in Britain, and a chapter on the London period by his Dominican biographer, Hamlet Hermann also presents, for the first time, extensive documents from official archives on Caamaño's conversations with British and American diplomats. The result is a complex and informative study, at once a missing chapter in the history of the Dominican Republic and, more broadly, a contribution to the oft forgotten history of the Cold War in the Caribbean.



James Dunkerley is a Professor at the School of Politics and International Relations at Queen Mary, University of London.


Federico Cuello Camilo is the Ambassador of the Dominican Republic to the United Kingdom. He holds a PhD in Regional Science and Development Economics from the University of Illinois 



Tanya Harmer is a Lecturer in the Department of International History at LSE, and a former head of the LSE IDEAS Latin America International Affairs Programme.



Francisco Panizza is a Reader in the Department of Government at LSE, and the current head of the LSE IDEAS Latin America International Affairs Programme.



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