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Luciano Tomassini Latin American International Relations Book Award


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.


AWARDEE: Patrick Iber, Neither Peace nor Freedom: The Cultural Cold War in Latin America (Harvard University Press, 2015)


AWARDEE: Christine Hatzky, Cubans in Angola: South-South Cooperation and Transfer of Knowledge, 1976-1991 (University of Wisconsin Press)
HONORABLE MENTION: Elliot Young, Alien Nation: Chinese Migration in the Americas from the Coolie Era Through World War II (University of North Carolina Press)


AWARDEE: Arturo C. Sotomayor, The Myth of the Democratic Peacekeeper: Civil and Military Relations and the United Nations (Johns Hopkins University Press)


AWARDEE: Gustavo Flores-Macías, After Neoliberalism? The Left and Economic Reforms on Latin America (Oxford University Press)
HONORABLE MENTION 1: Claudia Kedar, The International Monetary Fund and Latin America. The Argentine Puzzle in Context (Temple University Press)
HONORABLE MENTION 2: Gabriel Paquette, Imperial Portugal in the Age of Atlantic Revolutions: the Luso-Brazilian World, c. 1770-1850 (Cambridge University Press)


AWARDEE: Tanya Harmer, Allende's Chile and the Inter-American Cold War (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2011)
HONORABLE MENTION: Mark Eric Williams, Understanding U.S.-Latin American Relations: Theory and History (Routledge, 2011)


AWARDEE: Marisa von Bulow, Building Transnational Networks: Civil Society and the Politics of Trade in the Americas.
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