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South America: A (Whole) Region on the Rise?

South America on a map, courtesy of JR.Álvaro González
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South America on a map

It is generally accepted that Brazil is South America’s political and economic leader, both regionally and globally. This standing, however, has not prevented other local actors from attempting to influence the region’s social, economic and political character. This week, we begin by focusing on this competition and then segueing into similar contests – i.e., the attempts by the region’s ‘progressives’ to consolidate their power, and the potential blunting of South America’s ‘rise’ by environmental and demographic problems.


Drivers of Strategic Contestation in South America

Oct 2012 / Publication

When it comes to reacting to Brazil's rise as a regional power, states such as Argentina, Chile, Colombia and Venezuela oscillate between outright competition and genuine cooperation. Today, Daniel Flemes and Leslie Wehner explain why these countries modulate their responses as they do. More on «Drivers of Strategic Contestation in South America»


Continental Regionalism: Brazil’s Prominent Role in the Americas

04 Jun 2013 / Article

In Brazil’s eyes, being a ‘regional steward’ is not only a worthy goal in its own right, it is also a way to gain prominence on the global stage, or so write Susanne Gratius and Miriam Gomes Saraiva. The way to reach both goals is seemingly to work through MERCOSUR and UNASUR. More on «Continental Regionalism: Brazil’s Prominent Role in the Americas »


The Media Politics of Latin America’s Leftist Governments

05 Jun 2013 / Article

In the 1990s, Latin America’s media often downplayed the impact of market reforms on the region’s most vulnerable communities, writes Philip Kitzberger. That then enabled South America’s leftist politicians to capitalize upon growing anti-neoliberal sentiment to consolidate their power. More on «The Media Politics of Latin America’s Leftist Governments »


The Latin American Spring: Economic and Social Indicators

27 Mar 2012 / Video

Something akin to the Arab Spring has been shaping the social, economic and political dynamics of South America for some time now, or so argues Mark Weisbrot. In today’s video presentation, he considers the prospects for further social and economic development across the region. More on «The Latin American Spring: Economic and Social Indicators»


Latin America and the Caribbean - Economic Growth and the Environment

07 Jun 2013 / Special Feature

South America’s continued rise will depend upon how it responds to a number of challenges. Today, Christine Pendzich considers how climate change, the problems facing small economies and a host of demographic issues may shape the region’s future development. More on «Latin America and the Caribbean - Economic Growth and the Environment»



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