1st Edition

External Powers in Latin America Geopolitics between Neo-extractivism and South-South Cooperation

Edited By Gian Luca Gardini Copyright 2021
    310 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book examines the role of external powers in Latin America in the 21st century. Non-traditional partners have significantly increased their political and economic engagement with the continent. Five key questions arise: why has this surge taken place; when has it happened; in which regions and sectors is it mostly felt; what is the Latin American perspective; and what are the actual results? The book analyses 16 case studies: the United States, the European Union, China, Russia, Japan, Canada, India, Turkey, Iran, Israel, South Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, the ASEAN countries, South Africa and Australia. The spectrum of existing explanations in the literature spans from neo-extractivism to South-South cooperation. This volume places them in context and proposes a more multifaceted approach, stressing a combination of systemic factors and internal dynamics both in Latin America and in the external partner countries. Geopolitics still matters and so do nation states, their interests and leaders. Ultimately, this surge in engagement has largely reproduced past patterns. Are new partners that different from the old ones? 

    Introduction: Analysis and "normalisation" of the surge of external powers in Latin America

    Gian Luca Gardini

    1. The United States in Latin America: Lasting Asymmetries, Waning Influence?
    2. Tom Long

    3. The European Union in Latin America: A "neighbour" of values
    4. Gian Luca Gardini

    5. China in Latin America: Winning Hearts and Minds Pragmatically
    6. Carol Wise

    7. Russia in Latin America
    8. Richard G. Miles

    9. Renewed Japanese Involvement in Latin America
    10. Barbara Stallings and Kotaro Horisaka

    11. Emergency and Opportunity: Canada and the Venezuela Crisis
    12. Yvon Grenier

    13. From Tagore to IT: India’s changing presence in Latin America
    14. Jorge Heine and Hari Seshasayee

    15. Turkey in Latin America: Tenacity in a changing international environment
    16. Marta Tawil-Kuri

    17. Iran’s Latin America Strategy and the Challenges to the Balance of Power
    18. Penny L. Watson

    19. Israel-Latin American Relations: What Has Changed in the Last Decade and Why?
    20. Arie M. Kacowicz, Exequiel Lacovsky, Daniel F. Wajner

    21. Patron or partner? Asymmetry and complementarity in economic relations between South Korea and Latin America
    22. Juan Felipe López Aymes and Jae Sung Kwak

    23. Taiwan and Its Latin American Allies: An Uphill Diplomatic Campaign
    24. Chung-Chian Teng

    25. Strengthening Indonesia-Latin America Economic Relations: A Partnership for a Better Future
    26. Sulthon Sjahril Sabaruddin

    27. Latin America and ASEAN: More than a Marginal Relationship?
    28. Jörn Dosch

    29. Latin America and South Africa in the 21st century: a romance with no future? The cases of Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela
    30. Gladys Lechini and Agustina Marchetti

    31. Distant Neighbours: Australia-Latin America Relations

    Sean Burges

    Conclusion: Geopolitics between neo-extractivism and South-South Cooperation

    Gian Luca Gardini


    Gian Luca Gardini is Professor of International Relations and Chair of International Business and Society Relations with focus on Latin America at Friedrich-Alexander University, Germany. He has a vast experience as an academic and a practitioner of international affairs. He has held teaching and visiting positions at the University of Cambridge and Bath in the UK, Shandong University in China, the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil and the University of Bologna in Italy. He has collaborated with the OECD, the Chilean Foreign Ministry, the House of Lords, the UK Foreign Office and the Foreign Policy Instrument of the European Union among others. His research interests cover the international relations of Latin America, the impact of COVID-19 on international affairs, international trade and trade policy, foreign policy analysis, and comparative regional integration. Among his recent books are Interregionalism and the Americas (2018) and The World before and after Covid-19 (2020).