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Foreign Policy and Regionalism in the Americas

Gordon Mace and Jean-Philippe Thérien, editors
ISBN: 978-1-55587-513-8
ISBN: 978-1-55587-637-1
1996/264 pages/LC: 95-41106

" important contribution to an increasingly important subject."—Robert A. Pastor, Political Science Quarterly

"Carefully crafted and insightful. . .truly a work in comparative foreign policy. Each country chapter points to the crucial current domestic and international factors affecting foreign policy decisionmaking."—Martha Cottam


This comparative analysis of foreign policy behavior in the Americas focuses on the emerging trend toward regionalism.

Following a discussion of the phenomenon of regionalism in general, chapters on the countries of North America, the Caribbean, and South America address three questions fundamental to the relationship between national foreign policy and hemispheric cooperation and integration: How has each country been affected by recent changes in its external environment? How has it responded in terms of macroeconomic policies and major foreign policy orientations? And what do these new foreign policy orientations imply in terms of the country's attitudes toward regionalism, whether hemispheric or subregional?

The concluding chapter draws on the themes—the similarities and differences—emerging from the country studies to appraise the prospect for region building in the next decade.


Gordon Mace is professor of political science at Laval University. His publications include Integration regionale et pluralisme ideologique au sein du Groupe Andin. Jean-Philippe Thérien is associate professor of political science at the University of Montreal. He is author of Une voix pour le Sud: Le discours de la CNUCED.


  • Introduction: Foreign Policy and Regionalism in the Americas—the Editors.
  • Changes in the World System and U.S. Relations with the Americas—L. Balthazar.
  • Mexico's Hemispheric Options in the Post–Cold War Era—G. González and J. Chabat.
  • Canada in the Americas: The Impact of Regionalism on a New Foreign Policy—the Editors.
  • Jamaica: The End of the Postcolonial Era—A. Payne.
  • Venezuela, el Gran Viraje, and Regionalism in the Caribbean Basin—A. Serbin.
  • Colombia's Assertive Regionalism in Latin America—J.G. Tokatlian and A.B. Tickner.
  • Peru: Atypical External Behavior—R.B. St John.
  • Brazil's Response to the "New Regionalism"—M.R. Soares de Lima.
  • Argentina: The Great Opening Up—M. Hufty.
  • Democracy and Regional Multilateralism in Chile—R. Duran.
  • Conclusion: External Forces, State Strategies, and Regionalism in the Americas—W.A. Axline.