Christopher Sabatini, Ph.D.

Editor, Latin America Goes Global and Professor, Columbia University

Crisis, Correction or Continuity: Latin America in the 21st Century

About the Topic

The global commodities boom of the early 2000s and the rise of China led to talk of a global re-balancing and a new Latin American role in the world, led by governments, mostly of the left.  But after the global cool down, corruption scandals, and political crises, those leftist governments - in Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador and Venezuela - are either out of power or finding themselves embattled.  So, what's left of  their global ambitions, democracy and human rights in the region?

About the Speaker

Christopher Sabatini is a lecturer of international relations and policy at the School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) at Columbia University, a leading researcher on Latin America, and a frequent commentator for Spanish and English media. He is the founder and executive director of the nonprofit Global Americans, which monitors foreign policy, human rights, and international democratic norms in the hemisphere. Dr. Sabatini is also the editor of the organization’s news and opinion website In September 2015, he was recognized as the best professor of a small class at SIPA. 

From 2005 to 2014, Dr. Sabatini was the senior director of policy at the Americas Society and Council of the Americas (AS/COA) and the founder and editor-in-chief of the hemispheric policy magazine Americas Quarterly. At the AS/COA, Dr. Sabatini chaired the organization’s Rule of Law working group, which published a report entitled Rule of Law, Economic Growth and Prosperity (also available in Spanish).

From 1997 to 2005, Dr. Sabatini was the Director for Latin America and the Caribbean at the National Endowment for Democracy. From 1995 to 1997 he was a Diplomacy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, working at the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Center for Democracy and Governance. He has served as an advisor to the World Bank and the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Dr. Sabatini has published numerous articles on Latin America in publications such as Foreign Affairsand on He holds a B.S. in in political science and government from Syracuse University, and a Ph.D. in government from the University of Virginia.