Geopolitical & Socioeconomic

Dictatorship Series - Legacies of Dictatorship in Paraguay

  • Instituto Cervantes, 15-19 Devereux Court, London

Canning House and Instituto Cervantes are co-presenting this series of talks that looks at military dictatorships in 20th Century Latin America and their legacies to present day.

Canning House and Instituto Cervantes are co-presenting this series of talks that looks at military dictatorships in 20th Century Latin America and their legacies to present day. Each talk will focus on a different country. This is the final talk in the series on Stroessner's Paraguay.

Alfredo Stroessner was the longest-serving head of state in Latin American history and the third longest-serving political leader in the world during the post-war period, after Kim Il Sung of North Korea and Todor Zhukov of Bulgaria.  He was also the longest-serving President in Paraguayan history, whose 34 year rule left an indelible mark on the country's psyche. On 2 February 1989 he was overthrown in a putsch led  by his military aide, General Andrés Rodríguez, with the tacit support of the United States. This seminar examines the way that the enduring legacy of the Stroessner regime has influenced the country’s democratisation process over the past quarter of a century.

With Dr Andrew Nickson, Honorary Reader in Public Management and Latin American Development at University of Birmingham.

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