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Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World
Routledge Handbook of Latin America in the World
Edited by Jorge I. Domínguez and Ana Covarrubias
Routledge, 2014, 482 pp

The foreign policies of Latin American states have been woefully understudied. This comprehensive collection of essays by senior international relations scholars is a magnificent corrective to that shameful lacuna. The contributors place their analyses within familiar theoretical frameworks, dive deeply into empirical evidence, and keep their essays—30 in all—lucid and succinct. The collection covers the foreign policies of every major Latin American country; regional multilateralism and economic integration schemes; and issues such as human rights, counternarcotics, global environmental governance, and migration. Oddly, there is only one brief (although solid) essay on U.S. foreign policy even though many of the contributions contemplate Latin American efforts to restrain U.S. power. Alas, the pace of change in the region is so fast that the enthusiasm some of the authors demonstrate for assertive left-leaning governments that seek autonomy from U.S. influence is already a bit behind the curve, as Argentina turns toward economic pragmatism, Cuba’s Raúl Castro embraces U.S. President Barack Obama, and Venezuela flounders. Nevertheless, this authoritative handbook should be enthusiastically received by anyone searching for high-quality material on Latin America’s role in the contemporary world.