November 18, 2011 · The New School · New York
Lucila Rosso has completed a working stay of two-weeks at The New School. During this period, the first President Néstor Kirchner Fellow had the invaluable opportunity to present and discuss her research with the New School community, exchange ideas with professors from other universities and visit institutions based in New York City.
Rosso’s research reveals the linkages between economics and politics in the history of Brazil and Argentina’s respective paths of development. She holds a Law degree from Universidad de Buenos Aires and is a Masters in International Relations and Negotiations candidate from the Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO), Universidad de San Andrés and Universidad de Barcelona. She worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Security Ministry and the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.
Seminars at The New School
Rosso began her official agenda in New York on November 7, with a visit to The New School, where she had a working lunch with the Observatory on Latin America team.
After being welcomed, she gave her first seminar, attended by New School faculty (Chris London, Barry Herman, Sakiko Fukuda-Parr, and Terra Lawson-Remer), members of the OLA team (Margarita Gutman, Erika Grinberg, Michaen Cohen, Amanda Goodgoll, and Valeria Luzardo), and New School students (Francisco Martínez Hernández and Emily Miller).
During this first discussion with The New School community, Rosso exposed the main points of her essay, exchanged ideas with the atendees, and received useful advice on how to broaden and improve her analysis. The faculty members highlighted the interest of the topic and the relevance in these times of debt crisis in the Euro zone.
A week later, on November 15, 2011, another seminar was held, attended by New School faculty (Bob Buckley, Sanjay Reddy, David Gold, and Tom O’Donnell), OLA members (Margarita Gutman, Michael Cohen, and Amanda Goodgoll) and New School students and alumnus (Emily Miller and Cecilia Golombek). In this second seminar, the atendees mainly discussed the multi-causal reasons for Argentina’s prepayment to the International Monetary Fund.
Meetings and visits
During the two weeks in New York, Lucila Rosso held interviews with various renowned experts in the fields of international relations, debt and finance: Associate Professor Pablo M. Pinto (Columbia University); Professor of Political Science & International Affairs María Victoria Murillo (Russell Sage Foundation); Chief of Development Strategy and Policy Analysis in United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Manuel Montes; Professor Emeritus Albert Fishlow (Institute of American Studies, Columbia University); Professor Adam Pzeworski (New York University); and, Professor of Professional Practice in International and Public Affairs José Antonio Ocampo (Columbia University).
Additionally, Rosso attended the two-day New School Human Rights Conference, intended to contribute to a nascent conversation between the discourses of human rights and economics; was welcomed by José Luis Pérez Gabilondo, Consul General of Argentina in New York; and, held a meeting with Argentine Ambassador Jorge Argüello, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations and Chairman of the G-77.
Ambassador Jorge Argüello and his wife Erika Grinberg also hosted a lunch in honor of Rosso. The event was attended by Ambassador Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the UN; Susan L. Segal, President of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas; Alberto Iribarne, former Argentine Justice Minister; Michael Cohen, OLA Director; and Margarita Gutman, PNK Fellowship OLA Director; among others.
Ms. Rosso presented her work on Argentina and Brazil’s debt prepayment to the IMF in a lecture open to the public, hosted at The New School. Her presentation focused on the work presented in her paper, and incorporated aspects of her educational experience in New York. Ms. Rosso argued that the economic interventions in each country served political ends, and their distinct relationships with the IMF were based on these political narratives. Her in depth study revealed the linkage between economics and politics in the history of Brazil and Argentina’s respective histories of development.