1st Edition

Latin American Relations with the Middle East Foreign Policy in Times of Crisis

Edited By Marta Tawil Kuri, Élodie Brun Copyright 2022
    302 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    302 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Latin American Relations with the Middle East surveys the dealings of ten Latin American and Caribbean states – Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Peru, Mexico, Uruguay, and Venezuela – with the Middle East.

    This volume examins these states' external behavior at both an empirical and conceptual level. Empirically, authors seek to examine Latin American and Caribbean foreign policies towards the Middle East in four dimensions: diplomatic attention; trade and investment (including the energy issue); development cooperation; security matters/intelligence, and relationship with multilateralism (Iran, Palestine, and Syria). Case studies are selectively deployed to observe the influence of unfavorable circumstances that have increased since 2015, such as domestic turmoil, wars, economic crisis, ideological bias, and international constraints. Conceptually, the book enhances the theoretical framework for understanding Southern countries’ foreign policies, through fomenting dialogue with Latin American and Caribbean regional literature on foreign policy. Authors inquire about how decision-making processes occur, and uncover how influential actors help to test the main hypotheses of Foreign Policy Analysis (FPA).

    Forging essential new paths of inquiry, this book is a must read for researchers of International Relations, Foreign Policy, South-South Relations, Latin American Politics, and Middle Eastern Politics.


    Alberto van Klaveren


    Marta Tawil Kuri and Élodie Brun

    1. Under The Western Sign: Argentina’s Relations With The Middle East During Mauricio Macri’s Government

    Mariela Cuadro and Alejandro Frenkel

    2. Looking Inward, Moving Outward: Brazil’s Middle East Policy as a Case of Domestic Dynamics

    Guilherme Casarões and Monique Sochaczewski

    3. Presidential Influence, Economic-Military Legacies, and Bureaucracy Challenges in Chile’s Foreign Policy towards the Middle East

    Jorge Araneda Tapia

    4. A Multifactorial Analysis of the Colombian Foreign policy towards the Middle East

    Luis Alexander Montero Moncada, Manuela Borrero, Maria Alejandra Mora Cristancho and María Alejandra Rincón Lara

    5. The Foreign Policy of Costa Rica towards the Middle East: Rapprochement and Economic Interests

    Sergio I. Moya Mena

    6. Cuba’s Foreign Policy towards the Middle East: Between Traditions, Collaboration, and Economic Adjustment

    María Elena Álvarez Acosta

    7. Mexico’s Foreign Policy towards the Middle East: individual Preferences and Bureaucratic Politics in a Changing International Environment

    Marta Tawil Kuri

    8. Between Multilateralism and Realpolitik: The Relationship of Peru with the Middle East

    Farid Kahhat and Gabriela Rodríguez

    9. Uruguayan Foreign Policy towards the Middle East: Changes during the Frente Amplio’s governments

    Italo Beltrão Sposito, Diego Hernández Nilson and Camilo López Burian

    10. Venezuela and the Middle East: "Revolutionary" Foreign Policy, Soft Balancing, and Survival Strategy

    José Briceño Ruiz

    11. Main Findings on Latin American and Caribbean Foreign Policies towards the Middle East: Dialoguing with Mainstream Research

    Marta Tawil Kuri and Élodie Brun


    Marta Tawil Kuri is research professor at the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de México.

    Élodie Brun is research professor at the Center for International Studies at El Colegio de México.

    "The global reach of Latin America and Caribbean is probed and pushed in this work that brings together luminaries of International Relations that the Anglophone world needs to read more of. Whether from Brasília or Buenos Aires, Mexico City or Montevideo, the state agendas they study in relation to the Middle East and North Africa reveal the every-changing cardinal directions of foreign policy in a world where metropoles and margins continue to mix and metamorphose."

    John Tofik Karam, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign