Dr. Jesus Velasco, the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University, last week unveiled the Spanish version of his book, Neoconservatives in the U.S. Foreign Policy under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne, to ministers of foreign affairs, ambassadors, diplomats, journalists and students in Chile and Argentina. 

With a new Spanish title, La Derecha Radical en el Partido Republicano: de Reagan a Trump, Velasco’s work includes an epilogue on the 2016 American presidential election.

More than 200 people attended a lecture on the recent U.S. election at the office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile in Santiago, including Foreign Affairs Minister of Chile Heraldo Muñoz.

“It was a great honor to present my work to such important leaders in these Latin American countries,” Velasco said. “I think it’s important to address different audiences, not only those in academia but also politicians and diplomats, and to hear their insights and concerns for the future of U.S.-Latin America relations. The timing was great to understand what is in the mind of Latin American leaders regarding relations between the two regions.”

After graduating from the University of Texas at Austin with a Ph.D. in political science, Velasco worked for several years at the Center for Teaching and Research in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. He was chairman of the CIDE’s Division of International Studies from 1998 to 2001. 

Velasco was a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center in Washington D.C. in 2004 and a visiting scholar at the Weatherhead Center and the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, both at Harvard University.