Political dreams or viable integration projects?
Latin-American regional institutions beyond summit speeches
Main speaker: Jose Briceño Ruiz, University of the Andes, Venezuela
Comments by: Per Kristian Roer, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Henrik Wiig, Norwegian Institute for Urban and Regional Research (NIBR) and Julia Loge, The Norwegian Solidarity Committee for Latin America (LAG).
Some years ago, the launch of a number of new integration projects in Latin America aroused great international interest. The Bank of the South was to challenge the position of the World Bank and the IMF, the UNASUR should be a genuinely Latin American regional political forum free from US domination, ALBA was to provide an entirely new form of regional economic integration, only to mention a few. But how are these organizations doing beyond the high level meetings at which they were launched? Have they been able to affect processes of regional integration? What are the main reasons for their success or failure? These are the questions that Prof. José Briceño Ruiz, from the University de los Andes, in Mérida, Venezuela will discuss in this seminar.
José Briceño Ruiz is PhD in Political Science at Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix – en – Provence, France; and Senior Professor at the Centre for the Study of Borders and Regional Integration (CEFI) and the Faculty of Economic and Social Sciences at the University of the Andes, Venezuela. He has been Associated Researcher of Centre of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CREALC); Institut d’Etudes Politiques d’Aix – in – Provence, France; and the Centre of Latin American Studies Romulo Gallegos in Caracas. He is member of the Venezuelan National Research System, Ministry of Science and Technology, Venezuela. He is Director of the Academic Journal Cuadernos sobre Relaciones Internacionales Regionalismo y Desarrollo. He is specialist on Regional Integration and International Political Economy, and he has written and edited books on regional integration, the last of them Del regionalismo latinoamericano a la integración interregional, published in Madrid by the Editorial Siglo XXI.