Latin America’s new regionalism topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 1

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Latin America’s new regionalism topic at Rice’s Baker Institute Oct. 1

HOUSTON – (Sept. 25, 2013) – Experts representing a range of Latin American and American perspectives will discuss new regional organizations in Latin America and the United States’ position toward these new groups at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy Oct. 1. Hosted by the institute’s Latin American Initiative, this event is open to the public.

Who: Guadalupe Gonzalez Gonzalez, professor, Centro de Investigacion y Docencia Economicas, Mexico.

Francisco Carrion Mena, researcher, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales Sede Ecuador.

Sergio Fausto, executive director, Fundacao Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso, Brazil.

Alexander Main, senior associate for international policy, Center for Economic and Policy Research, United States.

What: Vecinos Lecture Series: “New Regionalism in Latin America and Implications for the United States.”

When: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Rice University, Baker Hall, Kelly International Conference Facility, 6100 Main St.

According to event organizers, renewed interest in regionalism has surfaced in Latin America in the last few years. Leaders there view regionalism as an effective strategy to promote economic development, leverage their influence in international organizations and achieve larger gains in trade negotiations.

The Union of South American Nations, the Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States are the newest regional groups that have expanded their agendas from the primarily economic interests of their predecessors to advance political goals. These organizations promote the convergence of different policies among their members, including security and foreign policy.

This panel brings together a group of experts to explore the causes and consequences of new regionalism in Latin America, the scope and future of regional organizations and the U.S. government’s position toward these new groups.

To view the event description, visit www.bakerinstitute.org/events/vecinos-lecture-series-new-regionalism-in-latin-america-and-implications-for-the-united-states.

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