Which Way Latin America?: Hemispheric Politics Meets Globalization

Which Way Latin America?: Hemispheric Politics Meets Globalization

by Andrew F. Cooper
     
 

ISBN-10: 928081172X

ISBN-13: 9789280811728

Pub. Date: 10/26/2009

Publisher: Brookings Institution Press

In this book, some of the world's leading Latin Americanists explore the ways in which the region has reengaged globalization. Among the timely questions are: What is the relationship of China and India with Latin America? Has increased international political cooperation among Latin nations changed their foreign policy toward other regions and on specific

Overview

In this book, some of the world's leading Latin Americanists explore the ways in which the region has reengaged globalization. Among the timely questions are: What is the relationship of China and India with Latin America? Has increased international political cooperation among Latin nations changed their foreign policy toward other regions and on specific issue areas? How have the different "Lefts," as exemplified by the governments of Venezuela's Hugo Chávez and Brazil's Lula shaped the region? What is the outlook of new entities such as the South American Union of Nations, and how have older entities such as the Organization of American States fared?

With a new U.S. administration shifting gears in foreign policy and a global financial crisis leading many to question the future of capitalism, Latin America is especially well positioned to make the most of the resulting international upheaval. This book provides a sharp, up-to-date analysis of the new sources of political power and allegiances in the region today.

"This is an ambitious and important volume. It brings together a group of the hemisphere's best analysts and thinkers to explain how profoundly Latin America has changed in recent years, and what those changes mean for the people and politics of the region and for its relations with the U.S. and the rest of the world."—Peter Hakim, president, Inter-American Dialogue

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9789280811728
Publisher:
Brookings Institution Press
Publication date:
10/26/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Endorsements v

Tables and figures ix

Contributors xi

Acknowledgements xvii

Abbreviations xix

Foreword Abraham F. Lowenthal xxii

Introduction - The effect of national and global forces on the Americas: Tsunami, tornado or just a mild breeze? Andrew F. Cooper Jorge Heine 1

Part I The Americas at a crossroads 25

1 Navigating in a fog: Metanarrative in the Americas today Laurence Whitehead 27

2 Managing disarray: The search for a new consensus Michael Shifter 50

3 The emergence of a new left Jorge G. Castañeda Marco A. Morales 64

Part II The new economic challenges 79

4 Competing for energy Sidney Weintraub Annette Hester 81

5 Coping with China Nicola Phillips 100

6 Playing the India card Jorge Heine 122

7 Repositioning the Commonwealth Caribbean Anthony J. Payne 140

Part III A fresh multilateral impetus 157

8 Renewing the OAS Andrew F. Cooper 159

9 Dealing with threats to democracy Dexter S. Boniface 182

10 Monitoring elections Sharon F. Lean 202

Part IV Pivotal case studies 219

11 The Chávez effect Thomas Legler 221

12 The impact of the 2006 Mexican elections Arturo Santa-Cruz 243

13 Quo vadis, Brazil? Luiz Pedone 262

14 The Haitian imbroglio Yasmine Shamsie 281

Part V Afterword 301

15 Strong winds of change: New politics and new connections Andrew F. Cooper Jorge Heine 303

Index 310

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