CLAS: Center for Latin American Studies

News and Highlights


April 24, 2012

UM's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) marked a successful beginning to its "Asia and Latin America in the 21st Century" initiative by hosting over 200 participants at the 1st annual "Miami's Asia Summit," which took place on April 17th, and the academic workshop, "Asia and Latin America: Setting the Agenda," which took place on April 18th. The events are part of CLAS' strategic undertaking to set a framework for studying the interaction between Asia and Latin America in the coming decade.

The first ever "Miami's Asia Summit," hosted by CLAS and the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, featured renowned experts and business professionals and addressed the new role of Asia in the western hemisphere. Three panels with Asia-Latin America international experts examined current issues in US-Asia-Latin America relations and interactions between Latin America/Caribbean and China as well as Latin America/Caribbean and India. The panels were moderated by Andres Oppenheimer from the Miami Herald/CNN and Stephen Keppel from Univision News. Attendees participated in a luncheon featuring Craig Allen, U.S. Department of Commerce Deputy Assistant Secretary for Asia.

Held at UM's Newman Alumni Center, "Asia and Latin America: Setting the Agenda" brought experts from institutions such as the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (P.R. China), Tsinghua University (P.R. China), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), Universidad Icesi (Colombia), Universidade de São Paulo (Brazil), University of Cambridge, Harvard University, American University, Peterson Institute for International Economics, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Inter-American Dialogue, and other organizations to the University of Miami to discuss the new dynamics of the relationship between Asia and Latin America. The conference included remarks from UM President, Donna E. Shalala, and the Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences, Leonidas G. Bachas.

CLAS will soon make papers, videos, and additional materials from the events available on its website,, as it seeks to expand the discussion on Asia-Latin America.

From left to right: Donna E. Shalala, University of Miami President; Deborah Bräutigam, American University; Enrique Dussel Peters, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México; Barbara Kotschwar, Peterson Institute for International Economics; Hongbo Sun, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, P.R. China; Vladimir Rouvinski, Universidad Icesi, Colombia