Latin America and the West


Senior Fellow Alexander Görlach argues that although Latin America has its own history and traditions, it is also an integrated part of Western society. To explore this concept, he interviews prominent Latin Americans from different fields.

Bogotá, Colombia, 2017. CREDIT: <a href="">Pedro Szekely</a> <a href="">(CC)</a>

SEP 10, 2018 Transcript

Identity in Colombia, with José Alejandro Cepeda

Colombia's civil war lasted from the 1960s to 2016. How has this terrible experience shaped the Colombian identity and how long will it take before the ...

Antigua, Guatemala. CREDIT: <a href="">josephhill/Pixabay (CC)</a>

JUN 26, 2018 Transcript

Guatemala's German Connection & Latin American Unity, with Henning Andrés Droege

What is Guatemala's German connection and how has it changed over time? What is Guatemala's role in geopolitics? Could Latin America form a similar organization ...

JUN 19, 2018 Transcript

LGBT Rights & International Affairs in Mexico, with Genaro Lozano

Professor Genaro Lozano of Ibero-American University in Mexico City is also a TV presenter, columnist, and LGBT activist. He discusses the long history and current "...

Museu do Ipiranga at the University of São Paulo. CREDIT: <a href=",_Brazil.jpg">Jhowcs (Public Domain/Wikimedia)</a>

JUN 12, 2018 Transcript

Brazilian Identity, Western Culture, & Institutions, with Eduardo Wolf

Eduardo Wolf is a professor of ancient philosophy and ethics, and a newspaper editor in São Paulo, Brazil. He discusses the similarities and differences ...

Homero Aridjis. CREDIT: <a href=""> Secretaría de Cultura Ciudad de México</a> <a href="">(CC)</a>

JUN 5, 2018 Transcript

"Samuel Huntington ignored Latin America as part of the West," says Homero Aridjis

For Homero Aridjis, a distinguished Mexican poet, author, activist, and diplomat, "the West" means countries that follow Greco-Latin culture--not Anglo-Saxon culture, he says pointedly. So ...