Call for Papers: "Latin America and Europe during the Cold War"
We are pleased to announce a call for papers for a symposium on "Latin America and Europe during the Cold War" due to take place next year at AHILA's conference in Berlin, 9-13 September 2014. This symposium will examine the relations between Latin America, the Soviet bloc and Western Europe during the Cold War. This symposium will place special emphasis on papers that draw on newly available documents and research that shed light on the history of ideas, the people who travelled between these regions, the type of communication they established and the mutual influences that developed between Europe and Latin America. Those interested in taking part in this symposium should send a 1 page proposal and a brief academic CV to the coordinators of the symposium: Dr Tanya Harmer ( and Dr Fernando Purcell ( by 1 December 2013.

Public Event: Cuban Missile Crisis - regional perspectives 50 years on
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis, LSE IDEAS, in partnership with the Institute for the Study of the Americas, will organise a panel discussion looking at the regional impact of the Cuban missile crisis.

Dr Vanni Pettina interviewed by El Diario de Cuba
Dr Pettina explains the origins of his book "Cuba y Estados Unidos, 1933-1959. Del compromiso nacionalista al conflicto". Dr Pettina was a visiting fellow at LSE IDEAS.

Dr Francesca Lessa's Luchas contra la impunidad - Uruguay 1985-2011 published by Trilce
En junio de 2010 se realizaron las Jornadas de Políticas Públicas de Derechos Humanos en el Uruguay: Memoria, Justicia, Reparación, acerca de las «cuentas pendientes» de la Transición Post-Autoritaria en la Facultad de Psicología de la Universidad de la República (Montevideo). Los participantes hicieron un balance de las políticas de derechos humanos desde la salida del régimen autoritario, analizaron el proceso y resultados del plebiscito para dejar sin efecto la Ley de Caducidad de la pretensión punitiva del Estado en 2009, y se refirieron a las diferentes iniciativas sociales, culturales y jurídicas en pos de la responsabilidad y el reconocimiento de los temas de memoria y justicia.

Dr Francesca Lessa's book The Memory of State Terrorism in the Southern Cone published by Palgrave Macmillan
Through various lenses and theoretical approaches, this book explores the contested experiences, meanings, realms, goals, and challenges associated with the construction, preservation, and transmission of the memories of state repression in Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay. The book both illuminates and questions the politics of memory that have been unfolding in these countries over the past three decades. It is one of few volumes written in English to be dedicated specifically to the study of the memory of state terrorism in the Southern Cone. Its contributors, both recognized and emerging scholars, come from Europe, the United States, and Latin America.

Dr Pettina´s Book Reviewed by Professor Rafael Rojas
Dr. Vanni Pettinà’s last book “Cuba y EE.UU., 1933-1959. Del Compromiso Nacionalista al Conflicto (Cararata, 2011)(, was reviewed by Professor Rafael Rojas, Director of the History Department at CIDE of Mexico City and Global Scholar at Princeton University. Rojas is actually on of the most influential scholars in the field of Latin American and Cuban Studies, with more than fifteen books on the intellectual history and the politics of Latin America, Mexico and Cuba. He has received several international prizes such as the Matías Romero award for his book Cuba mexicana: Historia de una anexión imposible (2001), the Anagrama essay prize for Tumbas sin sosiego: Revolución, disidencia y exilio del intelectual cubano (2006), and the first Isabel de Polanco Essay Award for Las repúblicas de aire: Utopía y desencanto en la revolución hispanoamericana (2009). Dr. Vanni Pettinà is LSE-IDEAS Associated Researcher and a Kluge Postdoctoral Fellow.

Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War (UNC Press)
Dr Harmer has published her new book 'Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War'. The book explores how events in Chile during the Cold War were shaped by an inter-American struggle to determine Latin America's future.

Dr Vanni Pettina's Book Published by Catarata
The book 'Cuba y Estados Unidos, 1933-1959.Del compromiso nacionalista al conflicto (Cuba ann the United States, 1933-1959. From Compromise to Conflict) was published by Catarata Publishers (Spain) in October 2011. In this book, Dr. Vanni Pettinà intertwines local and global long term historical dynamics in an attempt to explain the factors that produced the Cuban 1950’s political crisis and Washington opposition to the Fidel Castro’s insurrection between 1956-1959. Based on archival researches in Europe, the US and the former Soviet Union, the book represents an attempt to refresh and update the debate on a crucial historical turning-point.

Book - George Philip, Francisco Panizza - The Triumph of Politics
The Triumph of Politics offers a comparative and historical interpretation of Venezuela's Chavez, Bolivia's Morales and Ecuador's Correa - South America's most prominent ‘21st century socialists'. It argues that the claims of these 21st century socialists should be taken seriously even though not necessarily at face value.

Matias Spektor, Azeredo Da Silveira: Um Depoimento
Azeredo da Silveira, Minister of Exterior Relations (1974-1979), enforced profound transformations in Brazilian international behaviour, with an ambitious and daring external politics. This unpublished statement (recorded 1979-1982) illustrates the force, vivacity and contradictions in  the thought of a man obsessed by international politics.

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