LATIN LESSONS: HOW SOUTH AMERICA STOPPED LISTENING TO THE UNITED STATES AND STARTED PROSPERING
Hal Weitzman, Chicago and Midwest Bureau Chief, Financial Times
During the past decade, South American leaders such as Hugo Chávez and Evo Morales have increasingly snubbed U.S. efforts to persuade them to adopt free-market policies. While Washington has been distracted by military campaigns elsewhere, rivals such as China, Russia, and Iran have expanded their clout in Latin America. American influence in the region has fallen to a historic low—at the very time that the United States has become more dependent than ever on Latin American export markets and commodities imports. Could it be that for the first time in history, the United States needs Latin America more than the other way around? Join The Chicago Council for a conversation with Financial Times correspondent Hal Weitzman on how the United States must reengage with Latin America if it is to maintain its role as a global superpower.
Hal Weitzman has been on the staff of the Financial Times since 2000, and is currently Chicago and Midwest bureau chief. He first joined as an editor on the newspaper’s op-ed desk, was named Americas news editor in 2002, and was Andes bureau chief from 2004 to 2007. He was based in Lima but travelled extensively, reporting from Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, and Chile. During this time, his reporting from the region also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, New Statesman, The Irish Times, The Australian, and Jane’s Foreign Report. Originally from Wales, Weitzman was educated at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; Oriel College, Oxford; and Leeds University.
His latest book, Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering, will be available for purchase and signing following the program.