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Latin American Studies Association (LASA)

International Congress

Special Events

(within and outside Marriott Hotel)


China, Latin America, and the Changing Architecture of Trans-Pacific Engagement

Organizer: Adrian H. Hearn (University of Sydney China Studies Center), the Inter-American Dialogue, sponsored by Open Society Foundations

China’s trade with Latin America reached US$ 197 billion in the first three quarters of 2012, but trans-Pacific relations continue to operate largely through bilateral channels. Latin American nations are nevertheless increasingly interested in multilateral strategies for advancing common interests vis-à-vis Asia and managing growing Chinese investment ($10.1 billion in 2011). In 2012 Chile, Colombia, Mexico, and Peru (together representing 40 percent of Latin America’s GDP) inaugurated the Pacific Alliance, which according to Chilean President Sebastian Piñera, seeks “free trade and economic integration, with a clear orientation toward Asia.” Chile, Mexico, and Peru are also party to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which aim to regulate “behind the border” issues such as intellectual property and dispute resolution between governments and private investors. While these nascent agreements endeavor to harmonize trans-Pacific trade and investment, China is not involved the formulation of either. How then, are they understood in China? How will they impact China’s interests in Latin America and in Asia, influence China’s existing agreements with signatory and non-signatory countries, and affect other emerging agreements in which China has a stake, such as the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP)? Meanwhile, how do Latin American countries intend to leverage emerging Trans-Pacific agreements to encourage further economic integration? This workshop explores these and other key questions underpinning the changing architecture of trans-Pacific engagement. Three senior Chinese experts on Pacific regionalism join researchers from Latin America, the United States and Australia to debate points of contention and explore common ground.
Speakers include Ariel C. Armony, HE Felipe Bulnes (Ambassador of Chile to the United States), Antoni Estevadeordal, Richard Feinberg, Han Feng, HE Harold Forsyth Mejía (Ambassador of Peru to the United States), Kevin Gallagher, Barbara Kotschwar, Gonzalo Paz, Shen Minghui, Wen Jin Yuan, and Zhang Xuegang.

Wednesday May 29, 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

The Inter-American Dialogue
1211 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 510, Washington, D.C.


Resources of the Library of Congress

On-Site workshop led by Georgette Dorn, Director of the Hispanic Division of the Library of Congress, to introduce researchers to the Hispanic Division (organizer of the first LASA conferences), the Maps and Geography Division, and the extraordinary holdings in many disciplines related to Latin America.

Wednesday May 29, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Library of Congress, DC


Deep Themes in Bolivian Studies: Plurinational State, Decolonization, Living Well

Organizer: Bolivia Section

This pre-congress meeting will provide Bolivian Section members and other LASA members interested in Bolivia, as well as members of Washington-DC-based government and nongovernmental organizations, and members of the 100,000-strong community of Bolivian migrants in the DC metropolitan area an opportunity to hear presentations by prominent Bolivian intellectuals and scholars and to discuss and debate their contents. Focus themes include The Construction and Implications of a Multinational State; the Roots and Priorities of Decolonization; Living Well as an alternative model to "development." Sessions will include presentations by political scientists and philosophers, indigenous studies, and literature and poetry.

Wednesday May 29, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
1608 Rhode Island Avenue NW, University of California, DC



The LASA2013 Welcome and Award Ceremony will be held at Gaston Hall in Georgetown University on Wednesday, May 29 from 7:00 – 8:15 pm. Admission to this event is free for registered attendees. There will be transportation available to Georgetown University starting at 6:30 p.m. outside the Marriott Hotel at the 24th street entrance.



The Welcoming Reception will follow the Ceremony at the Healy Lawn in Georgetown University from 8:15 – 10:00 pm. Admission to this event is free for registered attendees. There will be transportation available to Georgetown University starting at 6:30 p.m. outside the Marriott Hotel at the 24th street entrance.



The LASA2013 Gran Baile will be held at the Marriott Ballroom Salon 1 and 2 on Friday, May 31, from 10:00 pm – 2:00 am. Admission to this event is free for registered attendees.

Two featured bands will be playing throughout the 4 hours for nonstop entertainment.

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