Importance Of Latin American Foreign Policy

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Summary: Latin American foreign policies have prioritised the expansion of multilateral relations at both the regional and international level. Based on the principle of protecting the regional autonomy, it has sought to build new cooperative relationships to deal with trade, investment, development and security issues. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain a certain distance between foreign policy issues and domestic issues in Latin American countries, to avoid possible obstruction of developing favourable diplomatic relations. Introduction: The main priority of Latin American foreign policies can largely be summarised as the reinforcement of regional and international relationships to facilitate cooperation and to promote the region’s…show more content…
Nonetheless, it is to be noted that these regional policies do not reflect a set of interests and strategies applicable to every country, and that many have observed their limitations which stem from the persistent influence of strong domestic politics, apparent lack of a viable regional leader, and, consequently, unclear prospects of regionalism’s sustainability. Important Relations: While conventional relations with the United States remain a main consideration for Latin American foreign policies, the region has sought to construct new diplomatic relations for political and economic cooperation.  The presence of China in the region has increased substantially. This stems not only from the economic interests in resources and capital, but also from the overlapping geopolitical interests in both regions, in which anti-hegemonic and multilateral rhetoric has become dominant in the issues of development and broader international relations. While serving as an alternative for cooperation, China’s foreign policy toward Latin America has been rather tentative, refraining from adopting ideological approaches. Both political and economic spheres involved initiatives to facilitate further diplomatic ties, yet the bilateral trade sector has seen the most significant increases. Although some raised concerns about negative economic impacts…show more content…
Having emerged as a response against the conventional North-South cooperation which made the South become peripheral in the international community, SSC encourages participants to engage with economic, political and broader social development issues based on solidarity. Latin America, in particular a group of large countries such as Brazil, Argentina, or Mexico, has taken active roles in SSC projects as emerging donors and economic investors for developing nations across Africa and Latin America. Although some projects are limited in its effectiveness or sustainability due to Latin American countries’ relative lack of experience in aid provision and international cooperation, SSC has provided the region with alternative opportunities to address development and cooperation outside the conventional international
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