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Smart Take | Argentina is in Crisis: Which Presidential Candidate Will Shape Its Future?

November 16, 20232:05

This Sunday, Argentinians will head to the polls for second round voting to decide who will lead the country. Their choice is not easy. They will choose between right-wing candidate Javier Milei or current Finance Minister, Sergio Massa, who is presiding over the worst economic crisis in decades. Benjamin Gedan, Director of the Latin America Program, explains the importance of Sunday’s election. He describes the current economic climate in Argentina, Javier Milei’s controversial policy ideas, and the potential Argentina has to become the engine of economic growth in the region.


Benjamin Gedan

Benjamin Gedan

Director, Latin America Program // Director, Argentina Project
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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