Professor Rut Diamint visited Budapest at the beginning of April on the invitation of LATIMO and the Argentine embassy of Budapest. She is one of the most acclaimed experts in South American security policy, according to LatimoPORT.hu.
Rut Diamint is the instructor of Torcuato Di Tella University and researcher of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council in Buenos Aires. She has served two times as the cabinet leader and adviser of the ministry of defence in Argentina. She is the author of several books, the most popular ones being Democratizing Politicians: A Study of Latin American Leaders and Democracy and Security in Latin America.
The professor was accommodated in Argentine Ambassador Rut Diamant Maximiliano Gregorio-Cernadas’ residence. During her visit to Hungary, she gave a lecture to a wide audience about the issues of the Latin American security policies. She provided a detailed insight into the situation of South America from the perspective of security – which is nowadays also a significant concern in Hungary, too.
She highlighted that though the subcontinent includes more than 30 countries all different, there are significant common elements in the area.
She also listed some of the unique features of each country in South America. She analysed the role of armed forces, emphasising that soldiers are much more vital parts in the societies of Latin America than in Europe. The professor claimed that only a limited number of military leaders were accounted for the armed charges committed in the region recently.
She has dedicated herself for honoring the lives of human beings and achieving civilian control over military forces.
The audience asked a lot of questions concerning her work in Latin America, mostly Hungarian people interested in topics related to South America – mostly speaking sophisticated English, to her delight.
The event ended by tasting a unique cocktail mixed by Maximiliano Gregorio-Cernadas.