Latin America occupies an increasingly prominent position within the global political, economic and cultural consciousness, with intra-regional governance structures and multilateral processes now a key topic of interest to foreign policy and international business circles. It has become abundantly clear that outside of Latin America there is a poor understanding of how the shifting sands of regional power are impacting, not only on how regional countries fit into the global system, but also on how intra-regional relations are viewed and managed. The contributions to this collection investigate these issues, examining how changing global power dynamics are in turn impacting on national foreign policies and regional governance structures. The book focuses first and foremost on the Latin American view outwards, rather than the US or European view of the South.
This book was originally published as a special issue of the Journal of Iberian and Latin American Research.
1. Latin America and the Shifting Sands of Global Power: Introduction 2. The Rise and Decline of the Summit of the Americas 3. Institutionalising a Radical Region? The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America 4. Post-Liberal Regionalism in Latin America and the Influence of Hugo Chávez 5. Spillover Effects and Supranational Parliaments: The Case of Mercosur 6. China’s Social Engagement Programs in Latin America 7. Implications of the Global and Regional Changes for Argentina’s Foreign Relations 8. When Trade Policy is Not Enough: Opportunities and Challenges for Chile’s International Insertion 9. Mistaking Brazil for a Middle Power