Latin America in a New World

Latin America in a New World

Latin America in a New World

Latin America in a New World

Synopsis

"This comprehensive overview, presenting the views of eminent scholars and practitioners, explores in useful detail the new Latin America's changing relationships with the United States, Europe, Japan, and other regions. It is excellent and most timely".--Enrique V. Iglesias, President, Inter-American Development Bank.

Excerpt

Abraham F. Lowenthal and Gregory F. Treverton

It is a commonplace--but no less true or important--that the world has been changing remarkably. It is hard to imagine, indeed, that only a few years ago, Europe was still starkly divided at the Berlin Wall, the Soviet Union was almost universally rated a superpower, Nelson Mandela was in jail, the Sandinistas governed Nicaragua, civil war raged in El Salvador, Yugoslavia was a nation at peace, and the notion of a North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA) lay beyond the bounds of realistic policy options.

This volume attempts to analyze how Latin America and its world role have been reshaped by the stunning international developments of the past few years and by the underlying transformations that, in turn, gave rise to such global sea changes. Eighteen contributors--from Latin America, Europe, China, Japan, Russia, and the United States--have worked together to examine the specific meanings for Latin America of the end of the Cold War and the breakup of the former Soviet Union, the expansion of the European Community (EC) and its progress toward enhanced integration, the widespread validation of democratic governance and market economies, the revision of global commercial and financial regimes, the incipient tendency toward regional economic blocs, and the fundamental changes in the world economy, driven by technological innovation.

The book is divided into three parts: broad overviews on inter-American relations after the Cold War; chapters on Latin America's relations with major extrahemispheric regions; and essays on the policy responses by the nations of the Western Hemisphere, individually and collectively, to the challenges posed by the new world, with all its disorder and variety. These last include briefer comments from the practitioner's perspective by four distinguished . . .

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