2006 NZCLAS events

Prospects and Problems of Indigenous Socialism in Latin America, and the Possibility of Energy Wars

26 May 2006
Dr Paul Buchanan, Department of Political Studies, NZCLAS, the University of Auckland

The rise of indigenous socialism as a political force in Latin America has its roots in the failures of market-oriented macroeconomic reform that aggravated and compounded pre-modern grievances. Long suppressed by authoritarians of various stripes, indigenous voices capitalised on the window of opportunity afforded by the turn to electoral politics in the 1990s. Allied with resurgent left parties in several countries, indigenous socialism is the driving force behind the nationalisation of strategic industries, particularly the energy industry, in countries such as Bolivia, and is a core element of the emerging counter-hegemonic bloc constituted by Cuba, Bolivia, Venezuela (and possibly Peru should Ollanta Humala win the June run-off presidential elections) in opposition to US-led market-driven regional trade initiatives such as NAFTA, the Andean Pact and MERCOSUR. The talk will focus on the prospects and problems of the emergence of indigenous socialism as a driving force in contemporary Latin American politics, and in light of its emergence, will ponder the potential for conflict over access to cross-border energy supplies in a macroeconomic context dominated by non-renewable resource-dependent growth.

An Informal Roundtable on Mexico and New Zealand

19 May 2006
Adriana González Carrillo, 2006 Prime Minister’s Latin American Fellow

Mrs González will meet academics and students who are interested in the most recent developments of Mexican politics, focusing on international affairs and human rights issues. Refreshments will be provided

Adriana González Carrillo is a member of President Fox’s National Action Party (PAN) in the lower house of Congress for the state of Mexico. She is Chair of the House External Relations Commission (the equivalent of the NZ FADAC), a member of the National Defence Commission, an alternate member of the European Committee and a member of the Mexico/US Inter-Parliamentary Delegation. She is considered a young politician to watch. Following the end of her Congressional term, she is likely to have a political future elsewhere, as a Senator, Governor, Minister or high-level appointee. She has a strong interest in international affairs, particularly human rights, and has been an active Chair of the External Relations Commission.

Nuclear Disarmament Today: A View from Brazil

16 May 2006
Ambassador Sergio Duarte, President 2005 Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, retired Ambassador-at-large of Brazil for Disarmament and Non-proliferation

Fresh from participating as a keynote speaker in the “National Consultative Committee on Disarmament” weekend in Wellington on 13-14 May 2006, Ambassador Duarte will give a talk on themes related to that event. After his presentation there will be comments from local academics and peace activists, and then an opportunity for questions and answers from the audience

Ambassador Sergio Duarte is coming to New Zealand to discuss "Prospects for non-proliferation in the current international situation." He will be bringing an innovative perspective on ways out of the current international/multilateral impasses, not just for governments, but also for NGOs. During his time in this country Ambassador Duarte will highlight the serious challenges to the non-proliferation regime, and comment on the imbalance of discriminatory restrictions placed on non-nuclear-weapons states while nuclear weapons states show little will to accept multilaterally negotiated curbs on their freedom of action.