Fernández de Kirchner taking the reigns as the country’s first elected female head of state in December 2007. But what lies in store for the new administration? After falling into a deep economic crisis in 2001–02, Argentina has experienced an annual GDP growth of more than 8 percent and seen its poverty rate drastically reduced. At the same time, memories of past collapses cast long shadows. In an exclusive interview, Professor Harley Shaiken, Chair of the Center for Latin American Studies at UC Berkeley, asks Foreign Minister Jorge Taiana about the state of Argentina today and the plans and goals of the new administration.