Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center, in partnership with UP Center for International Studies, and Philippines-Cuba Cultural and Friendship Association (PhilCuba), will be holding a public forum, “The Resurgence of the Left in Latin America and the Challenge of the Right in the Global South: Implications for Asia and the Philippines” on 5 February 2024, 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm (GMT+8), PH Time, at the Seminar Room, UP Asian Center. The event is free and open to the public. Seating is first-come, first-serve.

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Recent developments in Latin America have seen the election of progressive parties in a number of countries, pointing to a resurgence of the “pink tide” which had swept through the region a few decades earlier. The earlier leftist trend had significantly weakened following the death of Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and the rise of parties of the right. What are the differences between the first and second “pink tides”? Can the resurgent left in Latin America sustain its course and survive the ever intensifying challenge of the right? What prospects and lessons do these developments pose on a global scale, in Asia, and the Philippines in particular? What are the prospects for reforms and political transformation under these conditions?


Executive Director, Fundación Solón, Bolivia
The main speaker, Pablo Solón, is an eminent activist and policy analyst/advocate for the rights of nature, climate justice, and political and economic alternatives. He is currently the Executive Director of Fundación Solón, former Bolivian Ambassador to the UN during the administration of President Evo Morales, and former Executive Director of Focus on the Global South.
International Adjunct Professor, State University of New York at Binghamton
Dr. Walden Bello is a human rights activist and is concurrently the International Adjunct Professor of sociology at the State University of New York at Binghamton, Senior Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at Kyoto University, and Co-Chairperson of the Bangkok-based research and advocacy institute Focus on the Global South.
Assistant Professor. Department of Political Science, University of the Philippines Diliman
Dr. Sol Iglesias is an assistant professor of Political Science at the University of the Philippines, teaching subjects such as Political Analysis, Comparative Politics and Human Rights & International Relations. She has a Ph.D. in Southeast Asian Studies and a M.A. in Political Science from the National University of Singapore.


The event is organized by the UP Asian Center, UP Center for International Studies, and Philippines-Cuba Cultural and Friendship Association (PhilCuba).

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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.