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Latin America in the World

Grace Livingstone

This session considers different theoretical approaches to analysing Latin America’s place in the world.   It gives an overview of international relations theories  including realism, liberalism and  constructivism,  as well as dependency, world systems and critical approaches to international relations.  It looks in detail at the history of Latin America’s relations with the United States.   It considers the impact of the rise of China, and South-South relations.

Key Words: Realism, liberalism, constructivism, dependency, world systems, critical foreign policy

Essential Reading

  • Alex E. Fernández Jilberto and Bargara Hogenboom (eds.)** Latin America Facing China: South-South Relations beyond the Washington Consensus, (New York: Bergahn Books: 2010), Chapter 1, ‘Latin America and China: South-South relations in a New Era’
  • Peter H. Smith, Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States and the World, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008), Chapter 5, pp.148-180 (Moodle)
  • Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Enzo Faletto, Dependency and Development in Latin America, (Berkley: University of California Press, 1979), Preface to 1979 edition. (Moodle)
  • Max Paul Friedman, ‘Retiring the Puppets, Bringing Latin America Back In: Recent Scholarship on United States-Latin American Relations’, Diplomatic History, Vol. 27, (2003) pp. 621-636. (Moodle)

Further Reading

  • David Bernell, Constructing US Foreign Policy: The Curious Case of Cuba (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2011).
  • Jorge I. Domínguez and Ana Covarrubias, Routledge,Handbook of Latin America in the World (London: Routledge, 2014).
  • Roberto Dominguez, EU Foreign Policy Towards Latin America (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015).
  • Kevin  P. Gallagher, The China Triangle: Latin America’s China Boom and the Fate of the Washington Consensus (New York: Oxford University Press,  2016)
  • Tanya Harmer, Allende’s Chile and the InterAmerican Cold War
  • Andrew Heywood, Global politics, (Baskingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014)
  • Grace Livingstone, America’s Backyard: The US and Latin America from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Terror, (London: Zed Books, 2009).
  • Álvaro Méndez, Colombian Agency and the Making of US Foreign Policy: Intervention by Invitation, (London: Routledge, 2017).
  • Fernando Purcell and Alfredo Riquelme (eds.), Ampliando Miradas: Chile en un Tiempo Global (Santiago: RiL Editores/Instituto de Historia, Pointificia Universidad Católica de Chile, 2009).
  • Nazih Richani ‘The Interface Between Domestic and International Factors in Colombia’s War Systems’, Working Paper 22, Netherlands Institute of International Relations, August 2003.
  • William I. Robinson, Latin America and Global Capitalism: A Critical Globalization Perspective (Baltimore: John Hopkins University Press, 2008).
  • Lars Schoultz, Beneath the United States: a history of US policy towards Latin America (Cambridge, Mass, Harvard University Press, 1998)
  • Steve Smith, Amelia Hadfield & Tim Dunne (eds.), Foreign Policy: Theory/Actors/Cases (Oxford: OUP, 2012).
  • Julia C. Strauss and Ariel C. Armony, From the Great Wall to the New World: China and Latin America in  the 21st Century (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012).
  • Jeffrey Taffet and Dustin Walcher, The United States and Latin America: A History with Documents, 1st Edition (London: Routledge, 2017).