Berkeley Review of Latin American Studies
Fall 2009 – Winter 2010


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CLAS Chair Harley Shaiken introduces this issue of the Review.

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Pinera heads a soccer ball
Sebastian Piñera demonstrates his soccer skills.
(photo by Rodrigo Arangua/AFP/Getty Images)

Chile Heads Right

Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch reflects on the significance of the election of Sebastián Piñera, Chile’s first rightwing president in two decades.

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The U.S. Mexico Futures Forum
Fall 2009
Foreclosure sign in desert
Foreclosure sign in Salton City, California.
(photo: Jeroen Elfferfich)
A Tale of Two Economies

Graduate student Brian Palmer-Rubin analyzes the “Global Economic Crisis” session of the 2009 U.S.–Mexico Futures Forum which featured presenters Robert Reich, Professor of Public Policy at UC Berkeley and former U.S. Secretary of Labor (1993-97) J. Bradford DeLong, Professor of Economics at UC Berkeley; and Isaac Katz, Professor of Economics at the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México.

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Mexican police line the Zocalo
Mexican police line the Zocalo.
(photo from Julie Akers)

Peering Behind the Curtain

Graduate students Jude Joffe-Block and Brian Palmer-Rubin cover the ideas presented during the “Transparency and Accountability” session of the Futures Forum which included presentations by Kristin Adair of the National Security Archive and Juan Ernesto Pardinas from the Instituto Mexicano para la Competitividad.

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Felipe Calderon at La Ventosa
President Calderón at a Mexican wind farm.
(photo courtesy of Mexican Federal Government)

Headwinds for Climate Change Policy

Researcher Christopher Jones discusses the “Alternative Energy” session of the Futures Forum which featured presenters Dan Kammen, 1935 Distinguished Professor of Energy at UC Berkeley; Adrián Fernández Bremauntz, President of Mexico’s National Ecology Institute; and Bracken Hendricks, Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress.

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Fake road sign about violence in Mexico
An unofficial street sign in Mexico.
(Photo: mañsk)

Silver or Lead: Confronting the Business of Violence

Doctoral candidate Wendy Muse Sinek reports on the “Security” session of the Futures Forum that was kicked off by presenters Amalia García Medina, Governor of Zacatecas, and Shannon O’Neil, Fellow for Latin American Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

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Fernando Botero and Lawrence Rinder
Fernando Botero with Lawrence Rinder.
(Photo: Peg Skorpinski)

The Making of a Maestro

Lawrence Rinder, Director of the Berkeley Art Museum, interviews Fernando Botero about his life and work.

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Michelle Bachelet on Chilean Independence Day
President Michelle Bachelet of Chile in 2009.
(photo by Alex E. Proimos)

The Bachelet Bounce

Professor Kirsten Sehnbruch looks back on the historic presidency of Chile’s Michelle Bachelet.

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Honduran coup protest
Police and protestors in Honduras, July 2009.
(Photo: Sandra Cuffe)

Culture and Politics in the Honduran Coup

Professor Rosemary Joyce describes the effect of the 2009 coup on archeological projects in Honduras, where she has conducted fieldwork since 1977.

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Presumed Guilty image from movie
Waiting behind the bars of a Mexican prison.
(photo courtesy of Roberto Hernández
& Layda Negrete)

Presumed Guilty: Based on an Untrue Story

Mary Ellen Sanger provides a behind-the-scenes look at the award-winning documentary “Presumed Guilty,” made by two UC Berkeley graduate students.

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Telescopes at El Paranal
The telescopes at El Paranal, Chile.
(Photo from the European Southern Observatory)

“La noche está estrellada”

Photo from El Paranal Observatory, Chile.

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