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Buban to discuss Latin American politics at Monmouth’s next Great Decisions

Recently retired Monmouth College professor Steve Buban will be back in a familiar spot as he leads a discussion on “Latin America’s Political Pendulum” at the next Great Decisions meeting.

Free and open to the public, the program will be at 7:30 p.m. on March 1 in the Moot Board Room (Room 276) of the College’s Center for Science and Business, 720 E. Broadway. It will include about one hour of group discussion following the remarks by Buban, who retired last spring after a 39-year career as a sociology professor at Monmouth.

Buban will discuss rightward swinging of the pendulum of Latin American politics and how the forces of change have more to do with socioeconomics than ideology. Dramatic economic and political crises have coincided in countries like Brazil and Venezuela.

Still, the final result for Latin America may be the emergence of centrist, pragmatic modes of governance, and with them, opportunities for the U.S. to improve relations. The new administration must look beyond the neoliberal model of the 1990s, and develop an approach to relations fit for the 21st century.

Great Decisions is a nationwide program sponsored by the Foreign Policy Association, a non-partisan, non-governmental association that works to increase Americans’ understanding of significant foreign policy issues.