Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
Fall 2007

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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken introduces this issue of the Review.

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President Ricardo Lagos inaugurates a new metro line in 2005.
(photo: Daniel Ebensperger)

Democracy and the Chilean Miracle

Manuel Castells explores development success in Chile through the theoretical lens of the "democratic liberal inclusive model."

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Bas-relief of "Agriculture" at the
US Department of Commerce.
(photo: takomabibelot)

Agriculture and Development: The Latin American Difference

UC Berkeley Professors Alain de Janvry and Elisabeth Sadoulet, core team members of the 2008 World Development Report, point to ways agriculture can be better used as a development instrument.

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Les Eclaireurs Lighthouse, Ushuaia, Argentina. (photo: Ricardo Martins)

Argentina: Charting the Course

Argentine Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana discusses the plans and goals of Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s new administration with CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken.

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Ballot box during Mexico's 2006 election.
(photo: Jubilo Haku)

Firm Steps on Uncertain Ground

CLAS Visiting Scholar Sergio Aguayo analyzes the threat of "Billionaires, Governors and Drug Lords" to democracy and stability in Mexico against the backdrop of the contentious 2006 election.

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Juan Gabriel Valdés with then-UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan.
(photo: Eskinder Debebe/UN)

Latin American Voices:
Juan Gabriel Valdés

Chile's Permanent Representative to the UN Security Council (2000-03) and former head of the UN mission in Haiti shares his perspective on U.S. involvement in Iraq.

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A Zapotec campesino.
(photo: Gabriela Zamorano)

Fifty Years: From Autonomy to Dependence

UC Berkeley Professor Laura Nader and San José State Professor Roberto González describe the erosion of autonomy in Talea, a mountainous rural village in the Mexican state of Oaxaca.

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A curandera and patient.
(photo: Kiki Arnal)

The Rincón Zapotec: People of Talea

A photo essay on the people of Talea.

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Presidents Hugo Chávez (left) and Álvaro Uribe at an August 2007 summit.
(photo: AFP/Getty Images)

The Little Cold War

Award-winning Colombian journalist Daniel Coronell explores the escalating tensions between Venezuela’s Hugo Chávez and Colombia’s Álvaro Uribe.

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"Mother and Child" by Fernando Botero, 2004.

The Art of Fernando Botero

UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus and founding director of the Berkeley Art Museum Peter Selz discusses Fernando Botero's artistic trajectory.

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Cuban school children cross the Plaza Vieja in Havana.
(photo by Brian Snelson)

Cuba's Academic Advantage

Professor Martin Carnoy describes his research into the Cuban educational success story.

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A Medellín comuna.
(photo by Julián Castro Suarez.)

Colombia: Paramilitaries at the Polls

Graduate student and Tinker Summer Research Grant recipient Benjamin Lessing examines the influence of paramilitaries in Colombia.

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A young boy plants an MST flag as his family unloads their belongings.
(photo by Roberto Vinicius)

The Economy of Land Conflict in Brazil

Berkeley graduate students F. Daniel Hidalgo and Neal P. Richardson report on their research on the driving economic factors that contribute to "land invasions" across Brazil.

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Children bathe in a Dominican batey.
(photo by Julián Castro Suarez.)

The Bitter for the Sweet

CLAS Vice Chair Sara Lamson reviews the documentary "The Price of Sugar."

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Ms. Homeland Security.
(Photo by Robin Lasser. Reprinted from Storming the Gates of Paradise)

Borders and Crossers

CLAS Contributing Editor Joshua Jelly-Schapiro interviews essayist and author Rebecca Solnit about her recent book Storming the Gates of Paradise: Landscapes for Politics.

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