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Argentina in Crisis: A Conversation with Governor Juan Manuel Urtubey

Date & Time

Sep. 18, 2019
9:00am – 10:00am ET


4th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center
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*The seminar will be in Spanish without simultaneous translation.

Argentina finds itself under severe financial stress following the unexpected results of the August 11 presidential primaries, which raised serious questions about President Mauricio Macri’s reelection prospects. The strong performance by Frente de Todos candidate Alberto Fernández provoked enormous pressure on the peso, depleting foreign exchange reserves amidst rampant capital flight and worsening inflation. Mr. Macri, Mr. Fernández and former Finance Minister Roberto Lavagna will compete in Argentina’s October 27 elections.

Even before the primaries, Argentina was suffering from a deep recession and operating under the strict supervision of the International Monetary Fund, which last year agreed to provide a $56 billion loan – the largest in its history. Now, the political uncertainty has the country teetering.

The governor of Salta province, Juan Manuel Urtubey, is Mr. Lavagna’s running mate and one of Argentina’s best-known political figures. He is a leader in Peronism’s moderate wing and an insightful observer of the country’s political, economic and social challenges.

Please join us on Wednesday, September 18, 2019 at 9 a.m. to hear Mr. Urtubey’s analysis of Argentina’s economic struggles and his vision for the country’s future in advance of this year’s high-stakes elections.

Opening Remarks

Benjamin N. Gedan, PhD
Deputy Director, Latin American Program
Director, Argentina Project
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


Juan Manuel Urtubey
Governor of Salta Province


Kezia McKeague
Director, Latin America Practice
McLarty Associates


Image Source: Rodrigo Soldon

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Argentina Project

The Argentina Project is the premier institution for policy-relevant research on politics and economics in Argentina.   Read more

Latin America Program

The Wilson Center’s prestigious Latin America Program provides non-partisan expertise to a broad community of decision makers in the United States and Latin America on critical policy issues facing the Hemisphere. The Program provides insightful and actionable research for policymakers, private sector leaders, journalists, and public intellectuals in the United States and Latin America. To bridge the gap between scholarship and policy action, it fosters new inquiry, sponsors high-level public and private meetings among multiple stakeholders, and explores policy options to improve outcomes for citizens throughout the Americas. Drawing on the Wilson Center’s strength as the nation’s key non-partisan policy forum, the Program serves as a trusted source of analysis and a vital point of contact between the worlds of scholarship and action.  Read more

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