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Video: Book Launch - Latin Lessons by Hal Weitzman

Thursday, March 1, 2012

AS/COA hosted the launch of former Andean correspondent for the Financial Times Hal Weitzman's new book, charting the decline of the U.S.' influence in a region long considered to be its backyard.

In the past decade, South America's leaders have increasingly snubbed U.S. efforts to guide the terms of their economic policies and trade agreements. While Washington has been distracted by military campaigns elsewhere, rivals such as China, Russia and Iran have expanded their clout in Latin America, and U.S. influence in the region has fallen to a historic low—just as the U.S. has become more dependent than ever on exporting to Latin America and importing its oil.

Combining sharp wit and great storytelling with trenchant analysis, Weitzman examines how America "lost the South" and argues that if the U.S. is to find a new role in a world of emerging superpowers, it must reengage with Latin America.


  • Hal Weitzman, Author of Latin Lessons: How South America Stopped Listening to the United States and Started Prospering (Published January 20, 2012); Correspondent, Financial Times


  • Christian O. Deseglise, Managing Director, Head of Sales - Americas, HSBC Global Asset Management (USA) Inc.
  • Patricio Navia, Master Teacher of Liberal Studies Program, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University
  • Moderator: Christopher Sabatini, Editor-in-Chief, Americas Quarterly and Senior Director of Policy, AS/COA