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Latin America and Caribbean Centre

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Latin America and Caribbean Centre
London School of Economics
Houghton Street
London WC2A 2AE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)207 955 6770

Email LACC@lse.ac.uk


Opened in January 2016 to serve as a focal point for the LSE’s research and public engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean, the Centre builds upon the School’s long and important relationship with the region. 


LSE Global South Unit public lecture with Dr Lucila Berniell

'Skills for the future: the challenges of human capital formation in Latin America', May 3 2017

Time: 6:30pm -8:30pm

Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE

Chair: Professor Chris Alden, LSE Department of International Relations  

LSE Global South Unit is hosting a public lecture with Dr Lucila Berniell on the challenges of human capital formation in Latin America. Dr Berniell will present an evidence-based examination of the policies that must be implemented in Latin America in order to improve the socio-emotional, cognitive and physical skills of its human capital and move onto a path of sustained and inclusive economic growth.

More information here.


The Legacy of Fidel Castro

3 May 2017, Canning House, London

To his supporters, he was a revolutionary hero who created an alternative political vision in the 20th Century and stood up to the power of Washington. Assessing Castro’s legacy is a complex task but this conference brings together three panels to debate his Cuban, regional and global legacies with speakers from every side of the debate.

With Dr Helen Yaffe (LSE Economic History), Prof Antoni Kapcia (Nottingham), Peter Hitchens (Mail on Sunday), Ken Livingstone (former Mayor of London), Dr Steve Ludlam (Sheffield), and Paul Webster Hare (Boston, former UK Ambassador to Cuba).

Register here.


Pathways to Peace in Colombia, May 4 2017

Time 1-2.30pm

Venue Thai Theatre, New Academic Building

RSVP: ideas.events@lse.ac.uk


The Latin America and Caribbean Centre and LSE Ideas are joinlty hosting Joshua Mitrotti, Director of Colombia Agency for Reintegration. Mr Mittrotti will present a talk about the challenges and achievements of a ground-breaking approach to absorb thousands of former paramilitaries and guerrilla fighters into productive employment as part of the country’s post-conflict transition.

The event will be chaired by Dr  Mary Martin,  Senior Research Fellow in LSE IDEAS (United Nations at LSE) and the LSE Department of International Relations.


More information here.


This event will be live-tweeted Follow @lseideas  and join the debate on Twitter using  #LSEColombia.



LSE-Stanford Conference on Long Range Development in Latin America May 11-12 2017

The Latin America and Caribbean Centre, with the support of the LSE Annual Fund, and led by Jean-Paul Faguet  and Alberto Diaz-Cayeros will co-sponsor the first LSE-Stanford conference on Long Range Development in Latin America at Stanford University in May 2017. The multi-disciplinary conference will probe into the institutional, political and economic drivers of long-run development patterns in Latin America and beyond. This conference will mark the start of a series of annual conferences, including the 2018 conference at the LSE and the 2019 at Universidad de los Andes in Bogota. 

More information here.



From Fear to Hope: a new Colombia in the making

Sergio Fajardo, former Mayor of Medellin, speaks at LSE 

On 16 March 2017 the Latin America and Caribbean Centre and the LSE SU Colombian Society hosted a public lecture with Dr Sergio Fajardo, former Mayor of Medellin and Governor of Antioquia. The event, entitled From Fear to Hope: A New Colombia in the Making, was chaired by Dr Austin Zeiderman, Assistant Professor of Urban Geography and was attended by more than 100 people, including the Colombian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Néstor Osorio Londoño.

Professor Fajardo, a former academic, shared his experience on leading the transformation of one of the world’s most violent cities and regions when he served as Mayor of Medellin and Governor of Antioquia. 

More information here.


The Latin America and Caribbean Centre (LACC) supports the research of faculty from nearly every department across the School whose research is principally focussed on or relevant to the region.

Research expertise covers themes on which Latin America and the Caribbean has been at the forefront of the social sciences and humanities such as democratisation, citizenship and human rights, decentralisation and governance, violence, inequality and inclusionary initiatives for women, indigenous groups and youth.

LSE research offers distinctive insights to state-building, nationalism and economic policy during the nineteenth century, and to the understanding of revolutionary movements, authoritarianism and Cold War geopolitics during the twentieth. Faculty have provided leading-edge research on economic liberalisation, innovation and property rights, fiscal reform, new financial instruments, risk assessments and regulation, as well as drug policies, urban planning and design, and the effects of climate change.

More information about LACC here.

Colombia World Bank

''Colombia puede allanar el camino hacia la paz llevando justicia hasta las víctimas del conflicto''

Las experiencias de justicia transicional en todo el mundo han demostrado que la confianza ciudadana es clave en los procesos exitosos. En Colombia la combinación de una legislación comprehensiva con programas innovadores y evaluaciones rigurosas puede asegurar que ninguna víctima sea excluida, escriben Elisa Cascardi, Adrienne Hathaway, Jorge Luis Silva Méndez, Diana Ortiz, Megan Rounseville  Juan Vargas.


Lean los artículos más recientes en LSE Latin America and Caribbean blog.


''Brazilian foreign policy in the Trump era: a chance as much as a challenge''

Trump may represent a challenge to Brazil and multilateralism, but his government also offers unique opportunities for Brazilian foreign policymakers to advance economic integration and expand the nation’s leadership in the international community, writes  Mark S. Langevin.


Read more at the LSE Latin America and Caribbean blog.


''Brexit cowardice and Colombian courage: a tale of two referenda''


The divergent reactions of Britain’s Theresa May and Colombia’s Juan Manuel Santos to crucial yet dysfunctional referenda reveal a great deal about the nature of democracy and leadership today, writes  Jean-Paul Faguet.




Read more at the LSE Latin America and Caribbean blog.