The Bolivarian Revolution, Regional Integration and Development
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The Bolivarian Revolution, Regional Integration and Development : Venezuela's Counter-Hegemonic Foreign Policy Towards Latin America and the Caribbean

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Drawing from an impressive selection of primary sources, interviews with government officials and international relations literature, Rodrigo Acuna investigates Venezuela's foreign policy towards Latin America and the Caribbean under the Bolivarian revolution. Focusing predominantly on the era of Hugo Chavez (1999-2012), Acuna demonstrates how Venezuela has become an important protagonist in forging greater unity in the region. While internationally Chavez was often portrayed by the Western media as an eccentric politician, who sought to make alliances with regimes that were hostile to Washington, the reality was often more complex. Taking its problems and setbacks into consideration, this book contends that Caracas has implemented rational policies in the area of international affairs in an attempt to break away from U.S. hegemony and create a multipolar world in which Latin America occupies a prominent and independent space. Starting with an examination of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Americas (ALBA), this book notes why the alliance today encompasses some 20 countries. As with ALBA, Venezuela's oil diplomacy (Petrocaribe) successes as well as some of its weaknesses in the Caribbean and Central America also need to be taken account. Focusing mainly on Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), this book also argues that the bloc has become a crucial player in discussing regional conflicts, often out manoeuvring and even challenging the U.S.-led Organization of American States (OAS). Rodrigo Acuna concludes with reflections of Venezuela's foreign policy since the death of Chavez. Focusing on some of president's Nicolas Maduro's domestic problems, he argues that Venezuela's role in the region should not be overlooked in the post-Chavez era as this South American country still has numerous resources and allies throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. These tools still give Venezuela the ability to shape the region away from U.S. hegemony despite continuing domestic political issues. The Bolivarian Revolution, Regional Integration and Development reminds its readers that when studied critically, Venezuela's influence in shaping Latin America and the Caribbean is far greater than it is often given credit for, despite the fact that there are real limitations as to what a Third World state can achieve.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 196 pages
  • 152 x 229mm
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1138998745
  • 9781138998742

About Rodrigo Acuna

Rodrigo Acuna is Associate Lecturer in Spanish and Latin American Studies at Macquarie University's Department of International Studies. His research interests include Inter-American relations, Cold War and Post-Cold War Latin America, Venezuelan history and politics, human rights and development policies from a multidisciplinary perspective. Dr. Acuna runs his own blog at http://rodrigoacuna.com/ on Latin American politics and his opinion is often sought by the Australian media on developments in the region.show more

Table of contents

1. Introduction: Why the Bolivarian Revolution and its Foreign Policy? 2. Venezuela's Foreign Policy: A Historical Perspective 3. The Bolivarian Revolution Goes Global 4. The Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our Americas (ALBA): A Real Alternative Against U.S.-led Free Trade? 5. Petrocaribe: Today the Caribbean, Tomorrow the rest of Latin America? 6. The Union Of South American Nations: Venezuela's Attempt to Replace the OAS? 7. After Chavez: Nicolas Maduro and the future prospects for the Venezuela Foreign Policy under the Bolivarian Revolution 8. Conclusionshow more