DEVM-618 Globalization and its impact on U.S.-Latin American Relations
Professor Eusebio Mujal-León
Globalization has had enormous consequences on the United States and Latin America and on their relationship. Not only has it had a significant impact on domestic politics and processes in individual countries, it has also redefined national security interests. Globalization has led to increased economic integration and interdependence, and it has also opened economies and, in important ways, contributed to democratization. But globalization has also unleashed disintegrative forces which challenge the capacity of nation-states, even the most powerful, to deal with problems at home but also to negotiate with other states and multilateral institutions at the international level. Thus, while globalization has impelled positive changes, it has also generated economic insecurity, increased unemployment, social disintegration, international criminality. All these pose severe challenges to the capacity of nation-states. This course attempts to place the evolving US-Latin American relationship within the context of this process of globalization. The course begins with a definition of globalization and its regional and national consequences. It then turns to look at the evolution of US foreign policy toward Latin America, examining the broad outlines of this policy as well as the domestic processes through which it is formulated. The course then turns to Latin America and how its insertion in the international system has evolved over the past two decades. The final part of this course explores the dynamic of certain issue areas (trade and regional integration, corruption, drug trafficking, immigration, and democratization) on US-Latin American relations.
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