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
"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