Jorge Taiana

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Jorge Taiana
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Minister of Defense
Assumed office
10 August 2021
PresidentAlberto Fernández
Preceded byAgustín Rossi
National Senator
In office
10 December 2019 – 9 August 2021
Preceded byCristina Fernández de Kirchner
Succeeded byJuliana Di Tullio
ConstituencyBuenos Aires
Legislator of the City of Buenos Aires
In office
10 December 2013 – 10 December 2015
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Worship
In office
1 December 2005 – 18 June 2010
PresidentNéstor Kirchner
Cristina Fernández de Kirchner
Preceded byRafael Bielsa
Succeeded byHéctor Timerman
Personal details
Born (1950-05-31) 31 May 1950 (age 72)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Political partyJusticialist Party
Other political
Front for Victory (2003–2017)
Unidad Ciudadana (2017–2019)
Frente de Todos (2019–present)
Alma materLatin American Faculty of Social Sciences

Jorge Enrique Taiana (born 31 May 1950) is an Argentine Justicialist Party politician, currently serving as the country's Minister of Defense, since 10 August 2021. Taiana previously served as Foreign Minister in the administrations of President Néstor Kirchner and his successor, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, from 2005 to 2010, and as a National Senator for Buenos Aires from 2019 to 2021.[1][2]

His father was Jorge Alberto Taiana, colleague and physician of former President Juan Perón.

Early life[edit]

Jorge Taiana was born in Buenos Aires as the fourth and second youngest child of Matilde Puebla and Jorge Alberto Taiana.[3] His father was a prominent Argentine surgeon who later served in a number of social policy posts for President Juan Perón, as well as one of his personal physicians. He attended the Colegio Nacional de Buenos Aires, studied sociology, and was awarded a Master's Degree in Social Sciences at the Latin American Social Science Institute (FLACSO). He was later a researcher at the National University of Quilmes and worked in the field of human rights. Taiana is married to Telefe producer Bernarda Llorente; he has three children, two by a previous marriage.[4]

Taiana was a militant Peronist in the early 1970s and in 1973 re-launched Descamisado, a populist news weekly thereafter associated with the Montoneros guerilla movement.[5] He worked alongside his father in the Ministry of Education as Head of Cabinet following the return of Peronism to power in 1973, and despite being threatened by the Triple A, he decided to remain in the country. He was falsely accused to be responsible for a bomb attack on July 4, 1975 which killed two people in a bar in downtown Buenos Aires. In fact, he had been arrested on June 29 and spent seven years in jail, mostly in a military prison in Rawson.

Political career[edit]

Following his release, Taiana held several academic positions until he was appointed Advisor to the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Argentine Chamber of Deputies (1987–89). He was appointed Undersecretary for Organizations and Special Matters after the election of fellow Peronist Carlos Menem in 1989, and in 1990 was appointed Undersecretary for Foreign Policy and later Director of International Organizations (1991). Between 1992 and 1995, he was the Argentine Ambassador to Guatemala and concurrently to Belize. After wide regional support to his candidature, he served as Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights of the OAS between 1996 and 2001, and then became Secretary for Human Rights of the Government of the Province of Buenos Aires.[6]

President Kirchner appointed Taiana as Minister of Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Worship in December 2005, replacing Rafael Bielsa; Taiana had been Bielsa's Deputy since 2003.[6] As Foreign Minister, Taiana has presided over the United Nations Security Council and to dealt with issues such as the Falkland Islands sovereignty dispute, the paper mill dispute with Uruguay and the accession of Venezuela to Mercosur, among many other matters of Argentine foreign policy. He was confirmed as Foreign Minister by Cristina Fernández de Kirchner on her inaugural on 10 December 2007.[7]

He resigned his post on 18 June 2010, citing "lack of support and differences" with the President.[8] He remained generally supportive of her administration, however, and in September was nominated to head the Front for Victory party list for the Buenos Aires City Legislature.[9]

National Senator[edit]

In the 2017 legislative election, Fernández de Kirchner announced her candidacy to the Argentine Senate in Buenos Aires Province as part of Unidad Ciudadana, and Taiana was announced as the second candidate in the list.[10] The Fernández de Kirchner–Taiana ticket came second in the general election, with 37.31% of the vote. In the electoral system for the upper house, this meant that only Fernández de Kirchner was elected as the senator for the minority.[11] Following the 2019 general election, however, in which Fernández de Kirchner was elected vice president alongside Alberto Fernández, her seat in the Senate was left vacant, and Taiana was sworn into office in her stead on 27 November 2019.[12]

Defense Minister[edit]

On 9 August 2021, Cabinet Chief Santiago Cafiero confirmed Taiana would be the next Minister of Defense of Argentina, in replacement of Agustín Rossi, who resigned to focus on his campaign to the Senate in the 2021 legislative election. Taiana was one of two ministerial replacements ahead of the 2021 election, alongside Juan Zabaleta, who replaced Daniel Arroyo as Minister of Social Development.[13] His vacancy in the Senate was filled by Juliana Di Tullio.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Argentine Congress welcomes 24 new senators this Wednesday". Prensa Latina. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 27 November 2019.
  2. ^ "NÚMERO DE EXPEDIENTE 3320/19" (in Spanish). Senado de Argentina. 27 November 2019. Retrieved 28 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Jorge Enrique Taiana Puebla". Genealogía Familiar.
  4. ^ "Jorge Taiana: de la militancia a la diplomacia". La Nación. 5 June 2005.
  5. ^ "¿Quiénes somos?". Revista El Descamisado. Archived from the original on 8 September 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Taiana, un "hombre del Presidente"". La Nación. 28 November 2005.
  7. ^ "The spirit of Argentina". The Guardian. 24 May 2010.
  8. ^ "Taiana presentó su renuncia "indeclinable" como canciller". El Día (in Spanish). 18 June 2010.
  9. ^ "Jorge Taiana será candidato a legislador K". Clarín. 7 September 2013.
  10. ^ "Jorge Taiana, compañero de fórmula de Cristina Kirchner: "A la corrupción hay que tenerle tolerancia cero"". Infobae (in Spanish). 7 July 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  11. ^ Charlie Devereux (22 October 2017). "Argentina's Macri Wins Big Endorsement in Midterm Elections". Bloomberg L.P. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Juraron los 24 senadores electos y designaron a las nuevas autoridades". Télam (in Spanish). 27 November 2019. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Juan Zabaleta y Jorge Taiana, confirmados como nuevos ministros de Desarrollo y Defensa". Perfil (in Spanish). 9 August 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2021.
  14. ^ "Juliana Di Tullio asumirá mañana como senadora". Página/12 (in Spanish). 18 August 2021. Retrieved 18 August 2021.
Political offices
Preceded by Minister of Foreign Affairs
Succeeded by
Preceded by Minister of Defense
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