Investigator Carlos Escudé, Carlos Menem’s foreign policy advisor, died


Escudé was the promoter of the so-called “peripheral realism”, which sought to change foreign policy to abandon isolation and confrontation with the United States. Source: Archive

The foreign policy expert Carlos Escudé, 72, died this Friday at the Sanatorio de la Trinidad in Palermo as a result of Covid-19, as confirmed by friends of the researcher to THE NATION.





Escudé was special adviser to the chancellor Guido Di Tella during the government of Carlos Menem.

Two months ago his wife, the sociologist, had died Monica La Madrid, and, since then, the researcher had been hospitalized in a delicate state of health.





According to his friends, Escudé had been admitted with his wife for a Covid painting. The researcher remained on a respirator for almost two months and most of the time unconscious. He had recovered but, before he was discharged, he suffered an infection and had to remain hospitalized. He finally died this Friday afternoon, around 5:00 p.m.

His career

Escudé was the promoter of the so-called “peripheral realism”, which sought to impose a change in foreign policy to abandon isolation and confrontation with the United States. The new alignment marked the imprint of the Chancellery throughout the government of Carlos Menem.


The same idea was held when China definitively established itself as one of the world powers in recent decades, asserting that, as with the United States, Argentina should be aligned with the Asian giant. Believed that peripheral or underdeveloped countries should not confront those central nations, but to be linked and associated with them.

Escudé, who had an important and extensive training in Argentina and abroad, reflected his ideas in numerous publications and had a special heyday in the 90s, in which he defended and contributed to the international geopolitical positioning of the Menem Government.

A seasoned speaker and debater, with characteristics such as the permanent use of a profuse beard, traditional round glasses and a cane, he was born on August 10, 1948 in the city of Buenos Aires and completed his higher studies as a sociologist at the Argentine Catholic University (UCA) .

Then he did several postgraduate doctoral degrees in Political Science and International Relations at Yale University (Connecticut, USA) and at St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, in England.

Currently, Escudé was serving as the retired principal investigator of the CONICET, Professor of Argentine Foreign Policy at the Center for Advanced Studies of the National University of Córdoba and director of the Center for Studies of Religion, State and Society (CERES). Previously he worked as a teacher at the Universities of Belgrano, Torcuato di Tella, UCEMA, and at the Institute of the Foreign Service of the Nation.

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