Since the end of World War II, the Organization of American States (OAS) has been the key forum for states within the Americas to discuss their political differences. During the first decade and a half of the post-Cold War era, widespread popular rejection in Latin America towards neoliberal economics saw a wave of progressive and leftist governments come to power. Coined the 'pink tide' and spearheaded by Brazilian and Venezuelan diplomatic efforts, in early 2008 the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) was born with the stated objective to act as a political and economic forum so as to promote South American integration. In this paper, I trace the trajectory of UNASUR since its birth and look at some of its diplomatic triumphs and setbacks in resolving several regional crises. Discussing specific case studies I will argue that on many occasions UNASUR has actually successfully out manoeuvred the OAS which has a long history of pushing U.S. interests. Looking towards the future, I will analyse UNASUR's potential as a force for regional peace, security and the construction of a more integrated and economically prosperous South America.
|Number of pages||1|
|Publication status||Published - 4 Jul 2014|
|Event||AILASA Conference - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia|
Duration: 2 Jul 2014 → 4 Jul 2014
|Period||2/07/14 → 4/07/14|