UNASUR: achievements, setbacks and the potential for South American integration

Rodrigo Acuna

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 4 Jul 2014
EventAILASA Conference - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 2 Jul 20144 Jul 2014


ConferenceAILASA Conference


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