Forthcoming conference on ‘Learning from Latin America: Debt crises, debt rescues and when and why they work’, 20 February 2012

Thursday 16 February 2012

The Institute for the Study of the Americas (School of Advanced Study, University of London), with generous support from the Latin American Development Bank/CAF, is holding a conference on ‘Learning from Latin America’, which will examine the topical subjects of national debt and default.

This conference brings together a range of scholars and practitioners with expertise on recent Latin American economic crisis and rescue experiences, from the 1980s Brady bond rescue to more recent crises, particularly Argentina and Ecuador.
One overarching theme of the day will be whether Europe, in its current crisis, can learn from Latin America. The lessons, good and bad, of Latin America’s defaults have often been quoted in relation (especially) to Greece: Eurozone leaders explicitly ruled out an ‘Argentine scenario’, but the country’s rebound following default has also been cited as a model for Greece.  The range of Latin American experiences of and responses to economic crises are well worth careful analysis and debate.

The conference ‘Learning from Latin America’ will take place on Monday 20th February 2012, starting at 9.30am. Please email Chloe Pieters at for further information or in the event of queries.

Notes for Editors:

  1. For further information please contact Chloe Pieters at the Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London at  / +44 (0)20 7862 8853/8870.
  2. The Institute for the Study of the Americas (ISA) was founded in 2004 through the merger of the Institute of Latin American Studies and the Institute of United States Studies, both of which were established in 1965. ISA promotes, coordinates and provides a focus for research and postgraduate teaching in history and the social sciences on the Americas – Canada, the US, Latin America and the Caribbean – and plays a national and international role as a coordinating and information centre for all parts of the hemisphere at the postgraduate level in the universities of the UK. The Institute is a member institute of the School of Advanced Study, University of London. See:
  3. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute.