1st Edition

Latin America in Global International Relations

Edited By Amitav Acharya, Melisa Deciancio, Diana Tussie Copyright 2022
    280 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    280 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Using decades of their own insight into teaching undergraduate International Relations (IR) courses, leading experts offer an introduction to IR thinking throughout history in Latin America, unfolding ideas, voices, concepts and approaches from the region that can contribute to the broader Global IR discussion.

    The book highlights and discuss the growing possibility of a Latin American agency, defined broadly to include both material and ideational elements, in regional and international relations, covering areas where Latin America’s contributions are especially visible and relevant, such as regionalism, international law, security management, and Latin America’s relations with the outside world. This is not about exclusively "Latin American solutions to Latin American problems", but rather about contributions in which Latin Americans define the terms for understanding the issues and set the terms for the nature and scope of outside involvement.

    Written with verve and clarity, Latin America in Global International Relations exposes readers to the relevance of redefining and broadening IR theory. It will serve as a guide for instructors in structuring their courses and in identifying the place of Latin America in the discipline.


    1. Introduction: Latin America and the Caribbean in Global International Relations

    Amitav Acharya and Diana Tussie

    2. Alternative World Orders in an Age of Globalization: Latin American Scenarios and Responses

    Arie M. Kacowicz and Daniel F. Wajner

    3. From Autonomy to Agency (and Back Again): Debating Latin American States as Global Norm Entrepreneurs

    Carsten-Andreas Schulz

    4. Regionalism and Political Violence: Hegemony through Transnational Social Compacts in Cold War South America

    Matias Spektor

    5. Big Ideas from Small Places: Caribbean Thought for International Relations

    Kristina Hinds

    6. Unsettling Knowledges in Latin America

    Amaya Querejazu and Arlene B. Tickner

    7. The Rise China and the Post Western World in Latin America: What is in Store?

    Oliver Stuenkel

    8. Latin American feminism as a contribution to a Global IR agenda from the South

    Jorgelina Loza

    9. The Latin American School of IPE: A Road from Development to Regionalism

    Cintia Quiliconi and Renato Rivera Rhon

    10. Regionalism in Latin American Thought and Practice

    Arturo Santa-Cruz

    11. From dependency theories to mechanisms of dependency: the contribution of Latin American dependentistas to Global IR

    Stefano Palestini

    12. Between ‘lo práctico’ and ‘lo posible’: International insertion as an innovation in Latin America’s contribution to Global IR

    Fabrício Chagas Bastos

    13. The Concept of Autonomy as an Epistemic Foundation? Many Paths, Many Turns

    María Cecilia Míguez

    Conclusion: Taking stock: Latin American contributions to Global IR

    Melisa Deciancio and Diana Tussie


    Amitav Acharya is distinguished professor at the School of International Service, American University, Washington, DC. He also holds the UNESCO Chair in Transnational Challenges and Governance since 2011. He was elected to be the President of the International Studies Association (ISA), the most recognized and influential global network of international studies scholar worldwide, for 2014-15. As the first ISA President from outside the West, he promoted the idea of Global IR, with the goal of injecting more diversity into the study of international relations and making it into a more dynamic and inclusive discipline and overcoming its hitherto neglect of the voices and experiences of the Global South.

    Melisa Deciancio is a fellow researcher in International Studies at FLACSO and a fellow of the Argentine National Scientific Council. Her research interests lie on how International Relations in Latin America has developed as an academic field in and how concepts have been travelled and internationalized. She has published her work in International Studies Review, Desafíos, Iberoamericana and Colombia Internacional among others.

    Diana Tussie is a leading voice in Latin American IPE. Her works span a number of wide issues in the international political economy of development, global economic governance, regionalism, international trade, and the state market relations. She is Professorial Fellow of the Argentina National Scientific Council. In 2017 she was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Global South Caucus of ISA. She has been a member of the Committee for Development Policy of the United Nations.


    "This is a definitive book on Latin American and Caribbean theoretical contributions to the International Relations discipline. Scholars and students will find thorough accounts of the region’s intellectual debates, the strengths and weaknesses of local conceptual developments and how they dialogue with mainstream Euro-American scholarship. But, above all, it is a lucid argumentation in favor of inclusiveness and diversity in a field long dominated by the Global North."

    Natalia Saltalamacchia, Professor, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM)

    "A most comprehensive contribution to globalising and decolonising the IR discipline, making visible philosophical and empirical foundations of Latin American perspectives in international relations. Deciancio, Tussie and Acharya brought together a critical and inspiring textbook that expands the intellectual horizons of a discipline that has long been dominated by a narrow Euro-American centric framing of thinking and practising global politics. This is a must-read for all interested in more inclusive accounts of world politics and theorising international relations."

    Pia Riggirozzi, Professor of Global Politics, University of Southampton

    "A brilliant and pathbreaking book! An absolute must for IR scholars and students from and interested in Latin America and the Global South."

    Jorge A. Schiavon, Professor of International Relations, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE)

    "Under the outstanding editorship of Melisa Deciancio, Diana Tussie, and Amitav Acharya this pioneering volume is essential reading for students and teachers of International Relations specifically with reference to Latin America, and specialists of Global International Relations. It is also a timely intervention in the fields of International Relations and Political Science at large. For anyone serious about developing more inclusive approaches in the discipline, this book will serve as a valuable example."

    Amrita Narlikar, President, German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA)