Peronism and Orientalism: The Reconfiguration of Geopolitical Visions in the Early Cold War

May 7, 2014 @ 10:15 pm – 11:45 pm
80 Fifth Ave, Room 802
80 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Free and Open to Public
India China Institute
(212) 229-6812

This presentation is based on personal writings, memories, articles and documents of Argentine diplomats who played a relevant role in foreign relations of Argentina with Asian countries and international organizations between 1945 and 1949. These testimonies reflect the cultural mindsets, perceptions and ways of understanding East-West relations that shaped Argentina´s geopolitical visions of the postwar order, at a time in which fundamental transformations in domestic politics were also taking place.

Peronism partly opened the gates to a renovation of foreign policy, reformulating its traditional orientations under the “Third Position” paradigm. However, its worldview kept some of the traditional and conservative perceptions of ”Orient”. These will become evident in their overt support to Cold War Western anticommunism.

Fabián Bosoer is an Argentine political scientist and journalist. He is a professor of Political Science and International Relations at the University of Tres de Febrero and Latinamerican Social Sciences Faculty (FLACSO). He is a columnist, editorial writer and Op-Ed editor of the newspaper Clarín, in Buenos Aires. He has published the books Generals and Ambassadors: A History of the Parallel Diplomacies in Argentina (Vergara, 2005), The Falkland Islands, The Final Chapter: War and Diplomacy in Argentina (Capital Intellectual-Claves para todos, 2007), Braden vs. Peron: The Hidden History (El Ateneo, 2011) and Behind Peron: Life and Legend of Admiral Teisaire (Capital Intellectual, 2013).