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Dante Caputo

Dante Caputo
Foreign Minister Caputo signs the 1984 Peace and Friendship Treaty
President of the United Nations General Assembly
In office
Preceded by Peter Florin
Succeeded by Joseph Nanven Garba
Minister of Foreign Relations
In office
December 10, 1983 – May 26, 1989
President Raúl Alfonsín
Preceded by Juan Ramón Aguirre Lanari
Succeeded by Susana Ruiz Cerutti
Personal details
Born (1943-11-25) November 25, 1943
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dante Caputo (born 25 November 1943) is an Argentine academic, diplomat and politician, who served as the nation's foreign minister under President Raúl Alfonsín.

Academic activity

Dante Mario Antonio Caputo was born in Sociology at the University of Paris. In 1973 he was appointed as an investigator at the Torcuato di Tella Institute and for six years he headed the centre of investigations on state and administration.

Caputo taught at the Universities of Buenos Aires, del Salvador, Paris, Quilmes and La Plata.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Argentina (1983-1989)

During the government of Raúl Alfonsín (1983–1989) Caputo served as Minister of Foreign Affairs (canciller) of Argentina and was the only minister to serve most of the President's term in office.

In this position:

Political activity and public service

Dante Caputo and Peronist Vicente Saadi held a television debate over the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1984 between Chile and Argentina.

Alfonsín's stand, though unpopular at the time, soon proved correct and was partly responsible for his securing the Radical Civic Union (UCR) nomination in 1983. Raúl Alfonsín was elected president on October 30, naming Dante Caputo Foreign Minister-designate.

Helping shepherd the Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1984 between Chile and Argentina to ratification by voters and congress, Caputo was honored with the ceremonial post of UN Assembly President in November 1988.

Following his departure from the foreign minister's desk, Caputo was elected as a national deputy in the Argentine Chamber of Deputies and he served as vice-president of the Foreign Affairs Committee.

In 1992 Caputo represented the OAS and the United Nations in Haiti as a special envoy. In 1993 he was appointed the UN Secretary General's representative to Haiti, as a sub-secretary of the UN, and negotiated an agreement to allow democratic transition on the island.

Having been a member of the Radical Civic Union (UCR), Caputo endorsed the FrePaSo ticket ahead of the 1995 general elections, and joined the centre-left party New Space (Nuevo Espacio), later that year. He served as Vice President of the Frepaso coalition from 1996 on behalf of New Space. In 1997, he was once again elected a deputy. He left New Space after personal differences with Carlos Raimundi, and in 1998 joined the Popular Socialist Party, remaining as vice-president of FrePaSo until 2000.[2] In 1999, he sought the FrePaSo nomination for election as Mayor of Buenos Aires, but lost to Aníbal Ibarra, who went on to win in 2000.

In 2000, Caputo joined the government of Fernando de la Rúa, who had won the Presidency at the head of the UCR-FrePaSo Alliance, in 1999. Caputo became Secretary of Science, Technology and Productive Innovation, resigning in February 2001.

Between June 2001 and September 2004, he directed the Regional Project on democratic development in Latin America of the United Nations Development Programme.

He is a member of the Council of the Organization of American States.


  • El rol del sector público en el cambio de la sociedad Argentina entre 1930 y 1958. Doctoral thesis. Sorbonne. París. 1972
  • El proceso de industrialización argentino entre 1900 y 1930. Institute of Latin American Studies. París 1970
  • El poder militar en Argentina (1976-1981). In collaboration. Verlag Klaus Dieter Vervuert. Frankfurt. 1982
  • Así nacen las democracias. In collaboration. Emecé. Buenos Aires, 1984
  • Democratic culture and governance. Unesco-Hispamérica. 1992
  • América Latina y las democracias pobres. Ediciones del Quinto Centenario. Madrid 1992.
  • Frepaso, alternancia o alternativa, with Julio Godio. Editor. Buenos Aires. 1996.
  • Argentina en el comienzo del tercer milenio. In collaboration. Editorial Atlántida. Buenos Aires
  • La democracia en America Latina, 2004, PNUD, (Editor) [1]
  • Contribuciones al debate de la democracia en América Latina, 2005, PNUD, Santillana. [2]
  • Nuestra democracia, 2010, OAS and PNUD, (Editor) [3]
  • "El desarrollo democrático en América Latina: entre la crisis de legitimidad y la crisis de sustentabilidad," Revista SAAP, 2011. [4]


  1. ^ Veinte años del primer gran debate transmitido por la televisión argentina: Dante Caputo y Vicente Saadi
  2. ^ Caputo joins socialismcancillerEx-, Clarín, 1998-02-13

External links

  • Los debates prohibidos de América Latina, by D. Caputo, at Project Syndicate.
  • Dante Caputo: Official biography by OAS
Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Peter Florin
President of the United Nations General Assembly
Succeeded by
Joseph Nanven Garba
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