In addition to his effect on domestic politics and society in Venezuela, before his death earlier this year President Hugo Chávez contributed in a lasting way to the crafting of a markedly different landscape in terms of the international relations of Latin America. This included a renewed role for the state and developmentalism in economic policy, the promotion of multipolarity, south-south or horizontal cooperation, the assertion of regional autonomy, and the creation of new regional multilateral institutions. This presentation explores current trends in Latin America with respect to regionalism and international institutions. Although the Chávez impact persists in important ways, the region is already moving in significant post-Chávez directions.
Thomas Legler is a Professor of International Relations at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City. He holds a doctorate in Political Science from York University. He is a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers (SNI), Level 2. Dr. Legler has an ongoing research interest in the international promotion and defense of democracy, comparative democratization, global and regional governance, and multilateralism in Latin America. He is the co-author of Intervention without Intervening? The OAS Defense and Promotion of Democracy in the Americas (Palgrave MacMillan 2006), coeditor of the edited volume Promoting Democracy in the Americas (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007), and co-editor of the textbook Introducción a las Relaciones Internacionales: América Latina y la Política Global (Oxford University Press, Mexico, 2013). He has served as an international election observer for the Carter Center, the Organization of American States, as well as various civic organizations in Argentina, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, and Venezuela. In 2011, he was a consultant to the Honduran Truth and Reconciliation Commission (CVR).