1st Edition

Regional and International Cooperation in South America After COVID Challenges and Opportunities Post-pandemic

Edited By Melisa Deciancio, Cintia Quiliconi Copyright 2023
    268 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    268 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This volume analyses South American regional and international cooperation during the COVID19 crisis started in 2020.

    Across thirteen chapters a collection of leading experts address how regional collaboration has developed, evolved, and recoiled. The chapters explore the state of regionalism at the pandemic surge and the challenges and opportunities this situation has opened for regional and international cooperation. Authors analyze the role of extra-regional powers and traditional regional leaders during the pandemic, identifying the extent to which regional cooperation has been possible across several policy agendas. They argue that fragmented visions of regionalism, ideological polarization, and weak leadership, has prevailed from before the pandemic which, accompanied by adverse interactions among major powers, has ensured that cooperation has remained bilateral rather than regional. Ultimately all these factors have created a complex scenario in which disintegration dynamics have emerged, darkening, even more, the South American regional panorama.

    Regional and International Cooperation in South America After COVID will be an invaluable resource for students, scholars and policy specialists of regionalism and regional integration, Latin American studies, international relations and international political economy.

    1. Introduction: South American Cooperation: Regional and International Challenges in the Post-Pandemic

    Melisa Deciancio and Cintia Quiliconi

    2. Your Regionalism and Mine: The United States and South American Cooperation in the Global Pandemic

    Thaís Dória and Tom Long

    3. China’s BRI extension to South America: Challenges and Opportunities for the Regional Order in the Post-pandemic

    Juliana Gonzalez Jauregui and Diana Tussie

    4. Regional and interregional relations between EU and South America: Weathering the COVID-19 storm?

    Andrea C. Bianculli and Maela Pascullo

    5. From Regional Leader to Regional Antagonist: Bolsonaro’s anti-South American stance during COVID-19 pandemic

    Feliciano de Sá Guimaraes

    6. The Venezuelan Connection: The Crisis of South American Regionalism and Western Hemispheric Order Upheaval

    Thomas Legler

    7. From UNASUR to PROSUR: Institutional Challenges to Consolidate Regional Cooperation

    Detlef Nolte

    8. Regional Cooperation in health: Challenges and Setbacks in the Pandemic

    Pía Riggirozzi and Belen Herrero

    9. South America under the pendulum: bilateralism, intermestic security and the return of old practices

    Fredy Rivera Vélez and Renato Rivera Rhon

    10. The rise and fall of IIRSA and the prospects for regional infrastructure integration in the post-pandemic

    Giovanni Agostinis

    11. Social Movements, care crisis and new opportunities for regional cooperation: the regional integration of female domestic paid workers in Latin America

    Jorgelina Loza

    12. Social Protests in the Andean Region: Towards New State Forms

    Carolina Cepeda Masmela

    13. Every Man for Himself! The Regional Responses to the Venezuelan Exodus During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Adriana Montenegro Braz

    14. Conclusions: Re-thinking regional cooperation for the Post-Pandemic

    Melisa Deciancio and Cintia Quiliconi


    Melisa Deciancio is Senior Fellow Researcher at the University of Münster and Research Fellow at the National Scientific and Research Council of Argentina, based in the Department of International Relations at FLACSO Argentina.

    Cintia Quiliconi is Associate Professor at the International Studies and Communication Department of the Latin American School of Social Sciences FLACSO-Ecuador and senior editor of the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of International Studies.

    "This edited volume addresses two topical issues to understand the ongoing puzzles of Latin American politics and regionalism: How to explain the ‘regional malaise’ and decline of post-hegemonic regionalism in Latin America? What have been the immediate implications of the Covid-19 crisis? What lessons can be learned, as related to other issue-areas beyond health, in order to repair and revive regional cooperation and coordination, in the post-Covid-19 area? What are the challenges and opportunities?"

    Arie Kacowicz, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    "A timely and welcome contribution to the literature on regionalism in Latin America. This volume provides a novel and much-needed re-thinking of the challenges of regional cooperation initiatives beyond trade and security, and their effectiveness in resolving transnational problems in the post-pandemic world order."

    Laura Gomez-Mera, Associate Professor, University of Miami

    "Deciancio and Quiliconi have successfully embarked on the difficult task of making sense of the South American responses to the pandemic of COVID-19. By bringing together a group of forefront specialists in Latin American regionalism, their book is an indispensable read for those interested in knowing how actors and institutions responded to the pandemic, why collective action fell short, and how they could do better."

    Stefano Palestini, Assistant Professor of International Relations at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile