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About Juan Gabriel Tokatlian

Juan Gabriel Tokatlian is Full Professor and director of the department of political science and international studies at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella in Buenos Aires. He was previously professor at the Universidad de San Andrés, also in Argentina. He earned a doctorate in international relations from the Johns Hopkins University school of advanced international studies, and lived, researched and taught in Colombia from 1981-9

Juan Gabriel Tokatlian es Profesor Plenario y director del departamento de ciencias políticas y estudios internacionales de la Universidad Torcuato Di Tella en Buenos Aires. Previamente fue profesor en la Universidad de San Andrés, también en Argentina. Se doctoró en relaciones internacional en la John Hopkins University school of advanced international studies. Residió en Colombia entre 1981-98.

Articles by Juan Gabriel Tokatlian

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

United States and Latin America: between uncertainty and concern

Donald Trump and some of his advisors are generating more than uneasiness. provoking the sense that the United States may become a real source of concern in Latin America. Español

Estados Unidos: incertidumbre e inquietud en América Latina

Donald Trump y algunos de sus asesores están generando mucho más que incomodidades. Alimentan la sensación de que los Estados Unidos pueden convertirse muy pronto en una fuente de preocupación real. English

Colombia and the plebiscite: the peace that wasn’t

Peace in Colombia is now entering an unpredictable labyrinth. Español

La peligrosa estratagema de Macri

No es hora de abrir la Caja de Pandora de la “guerra contra las drogas” en la Argentina. Es crucial que Estados Unidos evite enviar cualquier señal favorable a una estrategia como ésta. English

President Macri’s perilous gambit

It is time not to open the Pandora Box of the “war on drugs” in Argentina. It is crucial that the United States avoid any signal in favor of such a strategy. Español

UNGASS 2016: from opportunity to opportunism

The Summit represented a big opportunity to end the "war on drugs",  but defenders of the status quo were able to abort aspirations of an effective transformation of the field. Español

UNGASS 2016: de la oportunidad al oportunismo

La cumbre representaba una gran oportunidad para acabar con la "guerra contra las drogas",  pero los defensores del estatus quo lograron abortar las aspiraciones de transformación en la materia. English

Obama, a Argentina e os direitos humanos

O relançamento das relações entre os Estado Unidos e a Argentina dispõe dum pilar sobre o qual se deve apoiar: os direitos humanos. Español English

Obama, Argentina and human rights

The resumption of relations between the United States and Argentina has a foundation on which to build: human rights. Español Português

Obama, Argentina y los derechos humanos

El relanzamiento de las relaciones entre los Estados Unidos y Argentina tiene un pilar en el que debiera sostenerse: los derechos humanos. English Português

After Paris: stop declaring more wars

In embracing the failed American anti-terror model, France and Europe are abandoning their own successful one.

¿A tres minutos del apocalipsis?

El "Reloj del Fin del Mundo", medida acreditada de lo cerca que está el mundo de la catástrofe, se ha puesto de nuevo en marcha. English

Three minutes from apocalypse?

The "doomsday clock", a respected measure of the world's nearness to catastrophe, is again on the move.

Argentina: beyond impunity

Argentina's democracy has travelled far since the early 1980s. Now, the sudden death of a senior prosecutor highlights the need for a new phase of reform.

"Better numb than Islam"

The attitudes of most American citizens to violence against Muslims bodes ill for democracy in the United States.

Westphalia to Southphalia

Does the rise of non-western states such as China, India, South Africa, and Brazil threaten the dominant model of international politics?

Economic crisis and illicit drugs

The great recession since 2008-09 has reshaped international attitudes in ways that are influencing public policy on drugs. It is a process with echoes of the 1930s.

Drugs and the peace process in Colombia: a moderate radical step

The third point of agreement reached in the Havana negotiations may finally pave the way for the gradual end to the “war on drugs”, and defuse one of the issues – the drug trade – that has most hindered peace in Colombia.

Washington and Caracas: hegemony vs maturity

Venezuela's presidential election presents the United States with a historic choice, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

Iran's nuclear question: a wider lens

The valuable experience of Latin American states on key nuclear and conflict issues needs to be heard in the dialogue over Iran, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

The war on drugs: time to demilitarise

The United States armed forces have played a leading role in the “war on drugs” across much of Latin America. The results are damaging and counterproductive, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

The drug war: new paradigm vs old paradox

The appointment of a new head of the lead United Nations anti-drugs agency is a precious opportunity to abandon a failed policy, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

Obama and Latin America: curse of the 'local'

The United States’s policies in Latin America are shaped by its domestic politics. The result is failure, discredit and loss of influence, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

(This article was first published on 16 February 2010)

Armenia and Turkey: forgetting genocide

The decision of Armenia's government to open formal relations with Turkey entails a pragmatic and dangerous silence over the events of 1915, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

Barack Obama's drug policy: time for change

The failure of the "war on drugs" in a now "narcotised" hemisphere makes a new and cooperative approach essential, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

Cuba, Colombia, Venezuela...and Obama

The United States president-to-be should take the initiative to heal three sources of strain in the hemisphere, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

Washington and Latin America: farewell, Monroe

A historic failure of United States policy in a region it considered its own needs to be recognised before a new era can begin, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

The global drug war: beyond prohibition

A failed model must be replaced by a "coalition of the healing", says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

After Bush: dealing with Hugo Chávez

The United States needs a strategy to meet the challenge of Hugo Chávez’s Venezuela. Juan Gabriel Tokatlian takes the long view.

A Latin American's memo to Bush

The United States president’s rare foray to Latin America could benefit both sides, but only if he follows candid advice, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

Latin America, China, and the United States: a hopeful triangle

Latin America has an unlucky record in geopolitical partnerships. A new one can work and benefit the world, says Juan Gabriel Tokatlian.

The partition temptation: Iraq to Latin America

Could the global trend toward the breakup of states reach a Latin America pressed by conflict, inequality, and regional fissure? Juan Gabriel Tokatlian reports.

Colombia needs a Contadora: a democratic proposal

The solution to the decades-long human-rights agony inflicted on Colombia's people lies in a revived form of regional solidarity, argues Juan Gabriel Tokatlian
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