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Latin America and the Caribbean: Between the OAS and CELAC

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Daniela Segovia

Universidad Latinoamericana y del Caribe, VE
About Daniela
Daniela Segovia <danielasegovia@gmail.com> is a political scientist in International Relations at the Universidad Latinoamericana y del Caribe in Caracas, and has been a political analyst at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Venezuela since 2006.
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Abstract

This essay aims at analysing the position of Latin America and the Caribbean in its totality as a global player, and the challenges facing CELAC – Community of Latin American and Caribbean Countries – as a mechanism of political partnership with its own views on the Organization of American States (OAS). Indeed, CELAC is to some extent presented as a hemispheric mechanism that rivals the OAS and which may eventually replace it, leaving the U.S. and Canada aside. In this regard, a comparison and an assessment of the implications involved will be made. It is therefore useful to pose the following question: Is CELAC the key to structuring an alternative movement to the OAS?

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El motivo de este ensayo consiste en analizar la posición de América Latina y el Caribe en su conjunto como actor global frente al reto que supone la CELAC – Comunidad de Estados Latinoamericanos y Caribeños – como mecanismo de concertación política y su postura frente la OEA – Organización de Estados Americanos. En efecto, la CELAC se presenta para algunos como un nuevo mecanismo hemisférico que rivaliza con la OEA y que eventualmente podría sustituirla, dejando a un lado a los Estados Unidos y Canadá. En tal sentido, se pretende contrastar y valorar dicha apreciación. Es por ello que resulta útil plantearse la siguiente cuestión: ¿Es la CELAC la clave para estructurar un movimiento alternativo a la OEA?

DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.9232
How to Cite: Segovia, D. (2013). Latin America and the Caribbean: Between the OAS and CELAC. ERLACS, (95), 97–107. DOI: http://doi.org/10.18352/erlacs.9232
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Published on 09 Oct 2013.
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