How should we understand Latin American international relations since the early republican era? Standard Western-centric IR studies emphasize Latin America's marginal position in the world system and its historical subordination to either European and/or U.S. hegemony. This course challenges this one-sided approach and reductionist characterization. Adopting a global historical perspective, one that privileges a Latin American-centric view, this course will examine the ways Latin America generated its own ideas, articulated its own concerns, and acted in its own interests in international affairs. Special attention will be paid to how Latin America sought to resist foreign domination and/or hegemony and maintain its relative autonomy. It will also analyze when, why, and under what conditions Latin America forged anti-imperialist blocs, pursued regional integration, and engaged in transnational solidarity. To provide a more nuanced understanding of Latin American international relations, this course will historically contextualize and analyze the influence of changes in the international state system, national and sub-national political cultures, the balance of domestic forces, and non-state actors.
Course Attributes: EN S; AS LCD; AS SSC; AS WI I; FA SSC; AR SSC