publication . Article . 2010

U.S. foreign policy, the south american integration, and the case of the military bases in Colombia

Manuel Iglesias-Cavicchioli;
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  • Published: 01 Jun 2010
  • Publisher: Asociación Española de Profesores de Derecho Internacional y Relaciones Internacionales
  • Country: Spain
This article analyzes the nature of the conflict generated in South America by the adoption of the new military agreement between the U.S. and Colombia. The article will evaluate the political and the geostrategic implications of this agreement, especially its repercussions for the regional integration process of South America. It will also analyze the stances of the local actors in order to consider prospective scenarios, and will assess the U.S. approach to South American integration under the Obama administration.
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28 O'NEILL, S., “The Promise and Perils of South American Integration”, World Politics Review, 12 January 2009. Available at (date accessed: 10 May 2010) Furthermore, regional integration reduces ideological differences among the implied countries and contributes decisively to create a structural peace. This would be clearly beneficial for South America and for the U.S.

29 The letter sent on January 19, 2010 by the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to UNASUR ProTempore President Rafael Correa seems to go in this sense. See Embassy of Ecuador, Washington, DC, “U.S. agrees to open dialogue with South American nations”, 21 January 2010. Available at (date accessed: 10 May 2010).

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