Colombia’s Contestation Strategies Facing the Emergence of Brazil as a Regional Power

  • Eduardo Pastrana Buelvas
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In the last ten years, conditions in the Latin American region have been operating in Colombia’s favour, providing the country with increased self-confidence to boost its regional and, to a lesser extent, extra-regional impact. Furthermore, Colombia has looked to involve itself in projects, or competitive strategies, that attempt to distance it from Brazil’s leadership both through its own development and by maintaining its privileged relations — although now less imbalanced — with the US. It has also looked to use coalitions of interest, like the Pacific Alliance1 (PA) and CIVETS2 (Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, and South Africa), to connect actors with different geopolitical identities. Finally, Colombia has continued its participation in traditional international institutions like the Organization of American States (OAS), the World Bank (WB), and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), without abandoning its participation in ‘alternative’ institutions like the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) and the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC).


Foreign Direct Investment Foreign Policy Regional Power North American Free Trade Agreement World Bank 
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