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Latin America in the New International System

Joseph S. Tulchin and Ralph H. Espach, editors
Latin America in the New International System
ISBN: 978-1-55587-940-2
ISBN: 978-1-55587-917-4
2000/242 pages/LC: 00-034207

"A book that will be useful to students of international relations theory in general and the international relations of Latin America in particular. The volume's very composition, a blend of general analytical essays and country-specific case studies, lends itself splendidly to classroom use."—Anthony P. Maingot, Latin American Politics and Society

"A captivating book.... offers an original analysis focused on the strategic options available to Latin American governments a the start of a new century."—Gordon Mace, Perspectives on Political Science


Placing Latin America in the context of debates on economic globalization and the dramatically changing nature of the international system, this volume offers the perspectives of scholars and policymakers from across the Americas.

The authors argue that the ongoing diversification of economic and strategic ties presents Latin American nations with new options—and also with dangers. A recurring theme is a caution against excessive optimism regarding the effects of globalization. The book bridges discussions of Latin America and broader world politics, advancing critical insights from within the region together with reflections from a global perspective.


Joseph S. Tulchin is former director of the Latin American Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Ralph H. Espach is a doctoral student in political science at the University of California, Berkeley.


  • Latin America in the New International System: A Call for Strategic Thinking—the Editors.
  • Strategic Options for Latin America—P.H. Smith.
  • Good-bye U.S.A.?—H. Muñoz.
  • Strategies for Global Insertion: Brazil and Its Regional Partners?—T. Guedes da Costa.
  • Political Globalization and Latin America: Toward a New Sovereignty?—A. Van Klaveren.
  • Foreign Policy Strategies in a Globalized World: The Case of Mexico—G. González.
  • Cuban Foreign Policy and the International System—J.I. Dominguez.
  • Between Vision and Reality: Variables in Latin American Foreign Policy—R.O. Keohane.
  • Beyond Neoliberalism: A Long-term Perspective on Regional Strategic Thinking—E.R. May.
  • Toward Innovative Strategic Policies: A Conclusion—the Editors.