World Politics with Ralph Buultjens: South of the Border – Latin America Challenges with Shannon O’Neil


Two Nations Indivisible illuminates Mexico’s political, economic and social transformations over the last three decades and why these changes matter for the United States.

For more than 15 years, 92Y audiences have relished the clarity and thoughtfulness Ralph Buultjens brings to discussions of foreign affairs. Professor Buultjens has served on the New York University faculty for more than 20 years. He was Nehru Professor and Professorial Fellow at Cambridge University (UK); Senior Fellow at The Carnegie Council and ISRI-IFS (India-Sri Lanka); Director of the International Development Forum; and adviser/consultant to such international organizations and agencies as the UN University, UNDP-UNCTAD and the World Bank. He has written books on global politics and history, notably Rebuilding the Temple: Tradition and Change in Modern Asia; China After Mao: Death of Revolution and The Decline of Democracy. His awards include the Toynbee Prize for Social Sciences, the Colombo Plan Award and teaching awards from NYU and the New School University.

Shannon K. O’Neil is the Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director of the Civil Society, Markets, and Democracy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). An expert on Latin America, U.S.-Mexico relations, global trade, corruption, democracy and immigration, O’Neil directed CFR’s Independent Task Force on North America: Time for a New Focus, as well as the Independent Task Force on U.S.-Latin America Relations: A New Direction for a New Reality. O’Neil is the author of Two Nations Indivisible: Mexico, the United States, and the Road Ahead (Oxford University Press, 2013), which analyzes the political, economic and social transformations Mexico has undergone over the last three decades and why these changes matter for the United States.