A debate has waged for some time now about whether Argentina has become a “bad actor” on the world stage. Argentina’s critics claim that Cristina Fernández de Kirchner’s administration is not only trying to escape its debt obligations but is drawing ever-closer to Iran. Her government continues to seek a reversal of a recent U.S. Court of Appeals’ decision that requires Argentina to compensate all bondholders and not just those who have negotiated restructuring agreements following its 2001 default. Meanwhile, Argentina’s agreement with Iran to establish a joint commission to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires smacks suspiciously of a whitewash. In its financial dealings with international creditors and its deepening ties with Iran, Argentina’s Peronist government appears to be on a maverick course. What’s the truth? Join us as experts on U.S.-Argentine relations will try to sort it out.
More About the Speakers
Arturo Porzecanski, Ph.D.
Distinguished Economist in Residence, American University
Senior Fellow, International Assessment and Strategy Center
Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D.