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Alvaro Vargas Llosa
Senior Fellow, Center on Global Prosperity, The Independent Institute

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Alvaro Vargas Llosa is a Senior Fellow of The Center on Global Prosperity at the Independent Institute, who has been a nationally syndicated columnist for the Washington Post Writers Group and among his books, Liberty for Latin America, received the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Award for its contribution to the cause of freedom in 2006 and Lessons from the Poor: Triumph of the Entrepreneurial Spirit was awarded the Templeton Freedom Award (2010). He was appointed Young Global Leader 2007 by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Mr. Vargas Llosa is a native of Peru and received his B.Sc. in international history and an M. A. from the London School of Economics. He has been a member of Board of the Miami Herald Publishing Company and op-ed page editor and columnist at the Miami Herald, and a contributor to the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the BBC World Service, Time Magazine, Granta magazine, El País, the International Herald Tribune, and other media outlets. In addition, Mr. Vargas Llosa has been a commentator at Univision TV, news director at RCN radio, London Correspondent for Spain’s ABC daily newspaper, commentator at Radio Nacional de España in Madrid, host of the weekly TV program “Planeta 3” that aired in twelve Latin American countries for five years, and columnist at La Nación (Argentina), El Nacional (Venezuela), Reforma (Mexico), El Tiempo (Colombia), El País (Uruguay), El Listín Diario (Dominican Republic).

He is the author of the books Global Crossings: Immigration, Civilization, and America, Latest News on the New Ibero-American Idiot (with Carlos Alberto Montaner and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza), The Che Guevara Myth, Liberty for Latin America, The Madness of Things Peruvian, Guide to the Perfect Latin American Idiot (with Carlos Alberto Montaner and Plinio Apuleyo Mendoza), El Exilio Indomable, Cuando Hablaba Dormido, El Diablo en Campaña, En el Reino del Espanto, Tiempos de Resistencia, and La Contenta Barbarie, and he is a contributing author to How I Learned English (edited by Tom Miller).

Mr. Vargas Llosa was the press spokesman for the presidential campaign of the Democratic Front in 1990 in his native Peru and an Advisor on International Relations for the presidential campaign of Perú Posible in 2001.

Among his other awards, he is the recipient of the Juan Bautista Alberdi Award (2006) for his defense of freedom across the western hemisphere, the A.I.R. Award for Best Current Affairs Radio Show in Florida (1998), Puerto Rican Parliament’s Award for the Defense of Freedom (1997), Peruvian Association of Fishermen’s Award for the Defense of Freedom (2000), and Freedom of Expression Award given by the Association of Ibero-American Journalists (2003).

He has lectured widely on world economic and political issues. Among other venues, he has spoken at The World Economic Forum, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Council on Foreign Affairs (U.S.), World Affairs Council (U.S.), Inter-American Dialogue (U.S.), Florida International University (U.S.), University of New York (U.S.), Cato Institute (U.S.), Atlas Economic Research Foundation (U.S.), Mount Pelerin Society (Chile), Naumann Foundation (Germany), FAES Foundation (Spain), Brazilian Institute of Business Studies, Fundación Libertad (Argentina), the CEDICE Foundation (Venezuela), Ecuatorian Chamber of Commerce (Ecuador), and University of San Marcos (Peru).

Global Crossings 2013
Lessons from the Poor 2008
Making Poor Nations Rich 2007
The Che Guevara Myth 2006
Liberty for Latin America 2005
Álvaro Vargas Llosa on Immigration and Globalization November 19, 2013
Alvaro Vargas Llosa on CBN News June 21, 2013
Alvaro Vargas Llosa on Immigration, Civilization, and America June 21, 2013
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Alvaro Vargas Llosa on Common Sense Club radio September 10, 2013
Alvaro Vargas Llosa on WLRN’s Tropical Currents show September 4, 2013
Alvaro Vargas Llosa on KVOI’s Inside Track August 31, 2013
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Lessons from the Poor: The Power of Entrepreneurship November 13, 2008
The Secret to Making Poor Nations Rich February 21, 2008
Liberty For Latin America: How to Undo 500 Years of State Oppression May 3, 2005
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Independent Review Articles
The Individualist Legacy in Latin America Winter 2004
Latin American Liberalism: A Mirage? Winter 2002
Chavez’s Legacy: Venezuela in Shambles March 4, 2015
Lack of Reform, Not Austerity, Doomed Greek Economy January 30, 2015
Castro Regime, Not Cubans, the Big Winners in U.S.–Havana Deal January 5, 2015
Immigration Reality Check October 13, 2014
Brazil’s Rising Star October 4, 2014
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Beacon Blog Posts
Venezuelan Dictator Nicolas Maduro Tightens His Grip March 2, 2015
Humala's Hatchet Man May Be Key Figure in Peruvian Spy Scandal January 26, 2015
Oil and Dictators December 19, 2014
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MyGovCost Blog Posts
The Return of Stagflation November 28, 2010
The G-20: Has Everyone Lost It? August 23, 2010
The State of Freedom: 2006 April 21, 2006
The Freedom of Expression Award December 12, 2003

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