On 5 March 2003, the Wilson Center's Latin American Program and the Cold War International History Project held a conference on "Argentina-United States Bilateral Relations: An Historical Perspective and Future Challenges."

The conference centred around presentations on new perspectives on US-Argentine relations in light of the recent declassification of 4,677 documents concerning the "Dirty War" period that had been kept by the US Embassy in Buenos Aires. The declassification had been ordered by the State Department on 20 August 2002.

The conference proceedings now available contain edited versions of the panelists presentations. Panelists included Juan Gabriel Tokatlián, San Andrés University; Mark Falcoff, American Enterprise Institute; Beatriz Nofal, Eco-Axis and a former Under-Secretary of Industry and Trade; Carlos Osorio, National Security Archive; Carlos Sersale di Cerisano, former director general for human rights in the Argentine Foreign Ministry; Kathryn Sikkink, University of Minnesota; John Dinges, Columbia University School of Journalism; F. A. "Tex" Harris, a political officer in the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires at the height of the dirty war; and María José Guembe, Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS).

The book was launched in Buenos Aires on 4 December 2003 during a conference on the "Dirty War."

Please contact the Wilson Center's Public Affairs Office at lap@wwic.si.edu to obtain a copy of the book.