The SABF had the honour of having Félix Luna, a renown argentinian historian and writer, answer some questions referred to his vision of Southamerican Institutions. It is worth noticing that Luna has worked as professor of “History of Institutions” in the University of Buenos Aires, and also received the Konex prize for “Historical Biographies” in 1994.
SABF: What institutions do you consider key for the regional integration of South America? How could they be strengthened?
**F.L.: **I believe that the key institutions for regional integration and other progress purposes should be from the private sphere, and at the same time, they should come from a democratic context.
SABF: In what aspects do you consider that the lack of institutuionality affects the country’s development?
F.L.: The development of any country is affected by the lack of institutionality, if you consider the confidence that the country has to offer. A country without institutions, or with weak ones, is a country you cannot trust.** SABF: What is the influence of the formation of leaders in achieving institutional empowerment? **
F.L.: Forming leaders in different areas is instrumental for institutional empowering, since they are the ones who must lead with the example when it comes to respecting the rules of institutionality.
**SABF: What do you think can university students do to achieve the institutional empowerment? **
**F.L.: **University students must be the first guardians of institucional empowerment, since the university itself will be strengthened by a clear institucional system.
The SABF team would like to thank Félix Luna for having taken the time to share his knowledge and opinions with us.