What the World Gets Wrong About Latin America’s Foreign Policy

By Daniela Sepúlveda

Assumptions about the region’s homogeneity and limitations on the international stage don’t hold up, writes one expert.

The Global North has three major misconceptions about Latin America’s foreign policy. First, the region is assumed to be a homogeneous and turbulent group of small countries with no ability to influence the major issues of global politics. Second, there’s a sense that given a permanent climate of conflict and political-institutional instability in most of these countries, their leaders' attention is focused almost exclusively on domestic politics, while their interest in international politics is basically limited to surviving among the tensions and interests of the great powers on which...

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