The Georgetown Americas Institute (GAI) is pleased to host Dr. Enrique Krauze, distinguished Mexican historian and one of the most relevant liberal intellectuals of Latin America, in a conversation with Alejandro Werner, founding director of GAI. Dr. Krauze will discuss his writings on the current state of Latin American democracies and the shift towards more autocratic regimes. He will also address the challenges to Mexico’s society and democratic system in the context of the 2024 general elections, positing scenarios for the Mexican political system over the next decade. Finally, Dr. Krauze will talk about his latest book, Spinoza en el Parque México (2022), an intellectual biography about his readings, mentors, and experiences that have shaped him as a historian, editor, writer, and democratic conscience of Mexico and Latin America.
Enrique Krauze is a Mexican historian, essayist, and publisher. He is president of the publisher Editorial Clío and founder and director of the cultural magazine Letras Libres. Krauze has been a professor and researcher for the Centro de Estudios Históricos at El Colegio de México and visiting professor at St. Anthony's College (Oxford University) from 1981 to 1983 and at the Wilson Center in 1987. He was also deputy editor of Mexican literary magazine Vuelta from 1977 to 1981 and its deputy director from 1981 to 1986. In 1992, Krauze created Editorial Clío. In 2010, the Mexican government conferred on him the Premio Nacional de Historia. Krauze's books include Mexico: Biography of Power (2008) and Redeemers: Ideas and Power in Latin America (2011). His writing has appeared in the New Republic, Washington Post, New York Review of Books, New York Times, and Dissent magazine.
Alejandro Werner is the founding director of the Georgetown Americas Institute and a non-resident senior fellow at the Peterson Institute. He recently completed almost nine years as director of the Western Hemisphere Department at the International Monetary Fund. Prior to that appointment, he was undersecretary of finance and public credit in Mexico’s Finance Ministry and held several positions in that ministry and the Central Bank. He also taught at leading universities in Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a B.A. in economics from ITAM.