February 4- “Politics in Latin America” with Christer Persson
Electoral results in Latin America over the past four years have led many observers of the regional/political scene to discern a left-wing surge in the hemisphere, reminiscent of the so-called “Pink Tide” that swept the area some 20 years ago. But how much do these politicians actually have in common? What implication does their ascendency have for the region?
Christer Persson, Amb. (ret.) Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs
After graduating from the University of Lund Law School in Sweden he joined the Swedish Foreign Ministry. With the Ministry, he held various positions at the home-office and abroad. Among those at the home-office are Director for American (North and South) Affairs, Director for Latin American Affairs. Abroad postings include several in Central- (Guatemala, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras), North- (Washington D..C) and South America (Chile, Uruguay) including as Head of Mission in Montevideo, Uruguay and in Managua, Nicaragua. During 4 1/2 years he served as Senior Adviser for, i.a, Latin American Affairs, at the European Council Secretariat, Directorate General for International Affairs and served 2007-2008 as the Representative (Ambassador) of the local EU-Presidency in Nicaragua.
More recently, on a leave of absence from the Ministry, between 2009 and 2013 he held the position of Dean at the UN-mandated University for Peace (Universidad para la Paz), Department of International Law and Human Rights, in San José, Costa Rica.
After retirement in May 2014, he taught International Law and International Relations at “la Universidad de Chile” in Santiago de Chile and at “la Universidad Catolica” in Valparaiso, Chile. In 2015, he taught International Law at “la Universidad Americana” in Managua, Nicaragua.
In addition to his native Swedish Mr. Persson is fluent in English and Spanish, and somewhat less fluent (due to lack of practice) in German and French.