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Centre of Latin American Studies



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Latin America in the International Order

This module focuses on Latin America’s relationship with and contributions to international order. Most Latin American states emerged from the collapse of Iberian colonialism in the early nineteenth century. However, despite being formally sovereign for over two centuries, these states have long occupied a peripheral position in international politics. This module will examine how Latin Americans discussed and dealt with their international marginalization. On one hand, it will explore how Latin Americans discussed the nature of the international order, including ideas about sovereignty, great power politics, and the rights and duties of states. On another, it will debate how these ideas shaped Latin American legal and diplomatic practices, and the extent to which Latin Americans were able to influence the development of the institutions, norms and practices that organise world politics today.

A detailed programme of seminars for this module will be uploaded before the start of the new academic year.