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Our programmes

These are areas of knowledge around which we produce a variety of specialised publications and events

The Latin America and China Programme

The Latin America and China Programme has four axes:

  1. Public: to contribute to Latin American governments' understanding of China's role in the ongoing global transformation.
  2. Private (Business): to liaison with Latin American businesses to improve their effectiveness in creating opportunities for sustainable relationships with China.
  3. Private (Civil society): to exchange information and build collaborative networks with Latin American civil society in China and elsewhere. 
  4. Academia: to produce cutting edge knowledge on China's engagement in Latin America.

Publications

BOOKS VERTICAL

The China-Latin America Axis: Emerging Markets and their Role in an Increasingly Globalised World

Álvaro Méndez and Gastón Fornes

2017 - Palgrave

eBook ISBN 978-3-319-66721-8

DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-66721-8

Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-66720-1

BOOKS VERTICAL

Colombian Agency and the making of US Foreign Policy: Intervention by Invitation

Álvaro Méndez

2017 – Routledge

Hardcover ISBN 978-1-138-65971-1

POLICY BRIEF SERIES

The Long Crisis Facing Emerging Markets: A Roadmap for Policy Reforms.

by Rajiv Biswas and Álvaro Méndez 

PBS 01-2016

January 2016

WORKING PAPER SERIES

'Early Lessons from the Colombian Peace Process'

by Andrés Ucrós Maldonado.

WPS 01-2016.

Recent Events

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LSE Global South Unit public lecture

3 MAY,18:30 - 20:00 THAI THEATRE

Skills for the future: The challenges of human capital formation in Latin America

Date: Wednesday 3 May 2017
Time: 6.30-8pm
Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building
Speaker: Dr Lucila Berniell
Chair:   Prof. Chris Alden

Dr. Lucila Berniell is a Research/Principal Economist in the Socio-economic Research Department at CAF.  In her research, she seeks to understand the formation of human capital in developing countries, with the aim to help design and evaluate public policies to foster skills development. She has worked on education, health, entrepreneurship, and labor programs for the youth, and has co-authored several academic articles and books on her fields of specialization. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain). She is currently teaching at Universidad Torcuato Di Tella and at Universidad Nacional de La Plata (Argentina).  

Read the report More Skills for Work and Life: The Contribution of Families, Schools, Jobs, and the Social Environment

 

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Friday, 13 January 2017     

IV ANNUAL CAF- LSE CONFERENCE Globalization in Crisis: Implications for the Global South

See the Conference Programme

Venue: Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE Campus

You can watch videos of the Conference here.

You can see photos of the Conference here.

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Thursday 8 December 2016

A Global South Unit and LSESU Latin American Society Public Lecture

A more effective State: Public sector compensation and the quality of the bureaucracy in Latin America

Speaker: Dr. Pablo Brassiolo

Discussant: Dr. Alvaro Mendez

Chair: Dr. Caroline Varin

You can access the report A more effective State Capacities for designing, implementing and evaluating public policies in English and Spanish.

Time: 6:30-8pm  

Venue: Thai Theatre, New Academic Building, LSE Campus

Reports

 Myanmar Programme

Publications

Events

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LSE Global South Unit and Saw Swee Hock Southeast Asia Centre present

Armed Groups, State and Society in Myanmar

Friday 13 October 2017 5:30pm to 7:00pm

Speakers: 

  • David Brenner,
  • John Buchanan,
  • Patrick Meehan,
  • Martin Smith.  

Chair: Jürgen Haacke 

Myanmar’s borderlands have experienced armed conflict ever since the country’s independence in 1948. Attempts by successive military governments to secure control over these contested areas, and the willingness to deploy military force to achieve this ambition, have fuelled longstanding grievances against central state authority. 

Against this backdrop of decades-long ethno-national conflict, the country’s borderland regions have given birth to a dazzling array of non-state armed groups, including insurgencies, militias, vigilantes, and criminal networks.  They are part of a fragmented and multi-layered landscape of political order, which also includes semi-autonomous army commands, transnational business actors and other informal institutions. Based on years of extensive field work in the border areas of Myanmar, the speakers will discuss the dynamics of armed politics, social orders and state formation in light of the country's peace process and wider transition. 

This event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required.

Please note that registration does not guarantee a seat, and ticket holders should therefore arrive in plenty of time to ensure that they get in the venue.  

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22/23 April 2015

GLOBAL SOUTH UNIT INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE

Myanmar’s “Borderlands”: Reforms, Conflict, Geopolitics

The conference was organized by Associate Professor Dr Jürgen Haacke, with much help from David Brenner, at PhD candidate in the IR Department (Dr. Brenner is now an associate fellow at the LSE Global South Unit).  

The conference brought together a host of long-time Burma/Myanmar scholars as well as a younger generation of researchers. The keynote was delivered by Professor David Steinberg, Distinguished Professor of Asian Studies Emeritus at Georgetown University. 

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Wednesday 22 April 2015

GLOBAL SOUTH UNIT PUBLIC LECTURE

Myanmar: politics, pragmatism, and foreign policy

Speaker: Professor David I. Steinberg. David I. Steinberg is a distinguished Emeritus Professor of Asian Studies at Georgetown University, and visiting scholar of the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.

Although local and international attention are now naturally focused on the scheduled 2015 Myanmar elections, Professor David I. Steinberg explores longer term past governance trends in Myanmar, their interplay with the country’s international relations, and factors influencing such relations in the post-election period.

Time: 6.30 -8.00pm. Venue: Hong Kong Theater, Clement House

CAF LSE Conference

 

V CAF LSE Conference: Leadership, Resilience and Development in an Era of Instability

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III CAF LSE Conference:

Global Governance in an Era of Uncertainty  

Date: Friday, 15 January 2016   

Time: 9.00 - 18.15

Location: Shaw Library, 6th floor, Old Building, LSE Campus 

Keynote addresses:

  • Chris Alden, Director of the Global South Unit
  • Craig Calhoun, Director of the LSE
  • Enrique García, President of CAF

Speakers (in order of appearance):

  • Michel Camdessus, Former Managing Director of the IMF and Governor of the Bank of France
  • Enrique Iglesias, Former Secretary General of SEGIB, President of the Inter-AmericanDevelopment Bank, and Executive Secretary of ECLAC
  • Celso Amorim, Former Minister of Foreign Relations and Minister of Defense of Brazil
  • Prof. David Coen, LSE Director of the Institute of Global Governance
  • Khalid Malik, Former Director UN Human Development Programme UNDP
  • Jack Boorman, Former Director of the Policy Development and Review Department of the International Monetary Fund
  • Prof. Guillermo Perry, Profesor Universidad de los Andes and Former Minister of Finance of Colombia
  • Humayon Dar, CEO Edbiz Consulting London
  • Rajat Nag, Former Managing Director of the Asian Development Bank
  • Leonel Fernández, Former President of the Dominican Republic
  • Rajiv Biswas, Senior Director and Asia Pacific Chief Economist, IHS
  • Professor Ana Cristina Alves, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Professor Wu Guoping, Director General of the Center of Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Southwest University of Science and Technology (SWUST), China
  • Prof. Fernando Cardoso, IMVF (Institute Marquês de Valle Flor)
  • Harinder Kohli, President Emerging Markets Forum
  • Guillermo Fernández de Soto, CAF’s Director Representative for Europe
  • João Carlos Ferraz, Director Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES)
  • Rebeca Grynspan, General Secretary of SEGIB.Rosario Green, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Mexico
  • José Luis Machinea, Former Executive Secreary of ECLAC

Read the full programme here

 

 

 

II CAF LSE Conference:

Geopolitics and the Global South: Challenges of the Emerging Order  

Date: Friday 16 January 2015   9AM to 5.30PM

Location: Shaw Library, 6th floor Old Building

Opening Keynote Address: President Ricardo Lagos, former President of Chile (2000-2006) 

Closing Keynote Address: H.E. José María Aznar, Former President of the Government of Spain

Speakers (in order of appearance):

  • Chris Alden, Director of the Global South Unit
  • Stuart Corbridge, Deputy Director of the LSE
  • Enrique García, President of CAF
  • Ambassador H.H.S Viswanathan, Observer Research Foundation India.
  • Professor Zhongying Pang, Renmin University of China (RUC)
  • Professor Didier Opertti Badán, Former Foreign Minister of Uruguay
  • Dan Restrepo, Former Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Western
  • Hemisphere Affairs, National Security Council
  • Professor Maxine Molyneux, Institute of the Americas, UCL
  • Jose Antonio Ocampo, director of the Economic and Political Development Concentration in the School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University
  • Harinder Kohli, President Emerging Markets Forum
  • Jean-Louis Ekra, President and Chairman of the African Import-Export Bank
  • Professor Matias Spektor, Fundación Getulio Vargas and CAF-LSE Fellow 2014
  • Guillermo Fernandez de Soto, Director of CAF’s Office for Europe and Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Colombia.
  • Domitilla Sagramoso Lecturer in Security and Development, King's College
  • José Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the OAS
  • Dino Mahtani, former correspondent FT and Reuters, former investigator for UN Security Council
  • Professor Christopher Hughes, Head of the International Relations Department, LSE

You can read the Conference Rapport here.

Please click here to see the full programme.

I CAF LSE Conference

First Annual CAF-LSE Global South Conference

The Rise of the Global South: Towards an Agenda for a New Century

Date: Friday 17 January 2014   9AM to 5.30PM
Location: 
Shaw Library, 6th floor Old Building

Perhaps the most important development of the contemporary century is the emergence of the global South onto the stage of world politics.

This conference contributed to understanding the rise of the global South by focusing on key international actors from the regions, their perspective on global issues, the role of South-South cooperation as a development paradigm, and their current impact on a changing global environment. 

You can find a video recording of the conference here

You can read the Conference Rapport here