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A Renewed Partnership? Contemporary Latin America-Africa Engagement


Abstract

Chapter 10 focuses on how the Latin American and Caribbean countries, including those other than Brazil, expanded their relations with the African continent, including through initiatives such as the Africa-South America Summit. The strengthening of post-Cold War bilateral relations between the LAC countries and Africa can be seen as part of a strategy to increase contacts with countries of the global South. This was particularly the case with the inauguration of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela (1999), Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva in Brazil (2003), and Nestor Kirchner in Argentina (2003). The author explores the economic posturing inherent in Africa-LAC relations and thereby highlights that, through the expansion of diplomatic interactions, LAC and African states are seeking to further support their specific foreign policy agendas.

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