Dr. Rita Giacalone will present research on regional integration in Latin America as part of the Calgary Association of Lifelong Learners (CALL) Latin American Issues series on Tuesday March 21, 1:30-3pm at the Rosedale Community Hall 901 - 11 Ave NW. Free and open to the public.
Summary: Regional integration is one of the key characteristics of regions in the 21st century. In Latin America along the last two decades a new regional architecture has been developed comprised by old economic integration efforts (Andean Community, MERCOSUR) and new more general fora (UNASUR, ALBA, CALC) that point out in divergent directions. The present overview of Latin American regional integration aims at exploring the implications of this situation. We will explore first the historical bases of integration, and, secondly, the organizations that appear in the 21st century in order to discuss how changes in objectives and regional and global contexts are affecting the region’s insertion in the international system.