Latin America in global politics: out of the backyard – but headed where?
Panel debate with some of the most outstanding experts on Latin American international relations
From the beginning of the 2000s, Latin America has aimed for a more independent role in global politics. This has resulted in a more active role in international institutions, regional integration in Latin America, and a challenge to the United States of accepting Latin American unity, crucially including Cuba. On April 10-11 the Seventh summit of the Americas will take place in Panama. This is the first Summit of the Americas to which Cuba is invited after its exclusion from the Organization of American States (OAS), against the desire of the United States.
On the day before the summit starts, we join some of the most outstanding experts on Latin American international relations to discuss what this means for Latin America’s assertions to be a strong, independent actor in global politics. We will ask: What can we expect of the upcoming summit? Where is Latin America going in global politics in general? What will current challenges such a low economic growth and polarized domestic politics mean for Latin America’s quest for a role in global politics?
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Gian Luca Gardini, Professor of International Relations and Latin American Politics and Chair of International Business and Society Relations at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Monica Herz, Professor, The Institute of International Relations, the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro (PUC-Rio).
Mario Torres Jarrín, Associate Lecturer, Department of Romance Studies and Classics, Faculty of Humanities; Associate Researcher, Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University and Director, European Institute of International Studies.
Andrés Rivarola Puntigliano, Assistant Professor in Economic history and Lecturer in Latin American Studies, Institute of Latin American Studies, Stockholm University.
Arlene B. Tickner, Professor, Department of Political Science, Universidad de los Andes.
Convenor: Benedicte Bull, Professor, Centre for Development and the Environment, University of Oslo.