IMF Book Forum

Pragmatism: Latin America's New 'Ism'?

Tuesday, May 23, 2006; 12:30-2:00 p.m.
(Visitors enter via IMF Center)
720 19th Street NW, Washington, DC

Open to Fund/Bank Staff and the Public
(light refreshments will be served)

View the webcast of the forum: part 1 and part 2
View the transcript of the forum

Latin America is in the midst of "a substantial if silent transformation" writes Javier Santiso in his book Latin America's Political Economy of the Possible: Beyond Good Revolutionaries and Free-Marketeers (MIT Press, 2006): The region's "political economy has become eminently pragmatic."

Development strategies in some countries in the region, says Santiso, are now "anchored externally by treaties and trade agreements and internally by strong fiscal and monetary institutions and policies."

Will pragmatism prove more contagious than populism? Join us for a discussion featuring IMF Deputy Managing Director Agustín Carstens, Javier Santiso, and other experts.

Opening Remarks: Agustín Carstens
Deputy Managing Director, IMF

Presentation: Javier Santiso
OECD Development Centre

Roundtable Discussion featuring Pablo Bachelet (Miami Herald), Charles Collyns (IMF), Moisés Naim (Foreign Policy) and Alvaro Vargas Llosa (Independent Institute).

Moderator: Jeromin Zettelmeyer

Please note that due to enhanced security arrangements:

1. An RSVP is required: or (202) 623 7001.

2. Guests please present a photo identification and use the IMF Center entrance at 720 19th St. N.W. Washington DC (at the white tent). Only IMF/World Bank staff should enter through the main 700 19th St. entrance.


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