Professor Luciano Tomassini, the remarkable thinker, political scientist and analyst devoted his talent to spread the word about the need to understand the economic and political changes coming to the world, so as to make the most of Latin America’s place within the international scene. IDB presidents came to benefit from his knowledge and understanding of international relations and public policies. His major accomplishments consisted of: a) creating the Red de Relaciones Internacionales de América Latina (RIAL), which brought together scholars to analyze the changing international scenario and Latin America’s place within it, and b) producing a volume that many consider to be his magnum opus, Rompiendo códigos: el cambio cultural de nuestro tiempo (FLACSO, 2010), which won Chile’s National Book Award.
At a time of military governments with a limited understanding of the world around them, Luciano grasped that future democratic transitions would need governments and cadres that were able to make sense of the international environment. Luciano Tomassini understood the successful internationalization of Latin America. LASA established in his honor the Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Award for the best book on the region’s IR and foreign policies published in English, Spanish, Portuguese or French in the previous three years.