ON-Lion Letter
In December, The Witherspoon Institute in Princeton, N.J., will sponsor a three-day conference on "Globalization and the Rise of the Left in Latin America" at Princeton University.  The conference, co-sponsored by Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy, will examine the forms of political organization that have fueled the electoral success of the Left in Venezuela and other countries on the continent.  Venezuela's Hugo Chávez was re-elected to a six-year term in December 2006.

The conference will convene a group of academics, politicians, and policymakers from across the political spectrum, from both Latin America and the U.S., to share their thoughts on the subject.  They include the Venezuelan and Nicaraguan ambassadors to the U.S., and the general secretary of the Organization of American States.

Together, they will parse the question of the identity, origin, and future of the Left in Latin America.  They will also address the "New Right" there.  This new movement involves young intellectuals and politicians confident in the ability of democratic and market-oriented reforms to solve the region's economic problems.

Profs. Harold James and John Londregan of Princeton and Margarita Mooney of the University of North Carolina will direct the proceedings.  Londregan is a senior fellow and Mooney is a fellow of The Witherspoon Institute.

Simultaneous English and Spanish translation will be provided.

The conference is supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.
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