International Relations In Latin America: Peace And Security In The Southern Cone

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-07-27
  • Publisher: Routledge
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This work studies the development of bilateral relations in two pairs of states (dyads); Argentina-Brazil and Argentina-Chile. It takes on a moderate constructivist approach that incorporates into the analysis of international relations that role of identities, ideas and perceptions as well as of material forces, and understands that the former are affected and change during interaction. It also resorts to securitization theory to explain how issues come or cease to be considered security matters through social constructions. Using this framework, the thesis analyses how states within the dyads have gradually stopped viewing each other as threats to their security. For most of their history, they have defined their relationships in terms of rivalry, and have perceived one another accordingly. In turn, this has resulted in a situation of negative regional peace in Southern Cone of Latin America. Since the late 1970s, however, mutual images have shifted and the Southern Cone has evolved, alongside thedyads, toward a situation of positive peace.

Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Maps ix
Acknowledgments xi
Part I: Introduction and Framework
Chapter One Introduction
Chapter Two Theories of Regional Security and Peace
Part II: Domestic and Regional Contexts
Chapter Three Domestic Conditions
Chapter Four Hemispheric Context
Part III: The Dyads
Chapter Five Bilateral Relations between Argentina and Chile
Chapter Six Bilateral Relations between Argentina and Brazil
Part IV: The Southern Cone and Its Prospects
Chapter Seven Regional Integration in the Southern Cone
Chapter Eight Conclusion
Appendix 199(4)
Notes 203(44)
Bibliography 247(28)
Index 275

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