By Peter Lykke Lind by The Argentina Independent. Every Friday, 15 men meet at a quiet café in Recoleta, Buenos Aires and discuss the state of the country. They have named their group ´Tertulia del Café´ —The Coffee Salon.
Among them are a former ambassador, a former Secretary of National Security, and various other influential opinion-makers with ties to the most powerful people in Argentina. These men are concerned about the future of Argentina, about a possible war in the offing.
The group recently authored an open letter to Congress, calling for an informed, evidence-based debate on Argentina’s drug policy to replace decision-making based on “assumptions, intuition, and improvisation.”
“We are trying to promote a debate based on facts and evidence. We want a better discussion. We want politicians to make decisions based on knowledge,” says one of the members of the group, former Argentine ambassador to Guatemala and Haiti, Ernesto Justo López.