Mondays, 9:40–11:05, Mar. 26–Apr. 16
Instructor: Roland G. Estrada
Chile, Peru, and Venezuela have undergone rapid and radical changes in the last 50 years. They started from democratic, traditional bases and went in different political directions. The course summarizes the forces at play developing and modernizing each political system and focuses on the political leaders and the political parties of each country. In addition to discussing cultural similarities including language and economic interests, the class will discuss how they relate to US policies in the hemisphere. The final session addresses the current political scene with a new US president and a new secretary of state.
Roland G. Estrada is a retired Foreign Service officer who has lived in all three countries covered by this course. He holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Catholic University of America.