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Integración Latinoamericana:
Éxitos y Retrocesos
Por ELVIO BALDINELLI

“La principal explicación del poco éxito en América Latina de esquemas como ALALC-ALADI y del Grupo Andino se encuentra en que los estímulos políticos que los inspiraron no fueron lo suficientemente fuertes como para vencer la oposición de intereses amparados por altísimas protecciones arancelarias.” [FULL TEXT]

Multilateralism and the UN:
A Modest Proposal for University Training
By JERROLD I. BERKE

“The complexity and interdependence of modern international interactions and the transparency created for national policies by modern communications technology require them to cooperate more than at any time in the past.”[FULL TEXT]

Religion in Diplomatic History
By WALTER A. McDOUGALL

The standard textbook account teaches that religion was central to the international relations of Europe from the fall of the Roman Empire until the Peace of Westphalia in 1648, when the princes, chastised by the bloody wars of the Reformation, resolved to purge their conflicts of religious passions. . . . Political scientists today take this Westphalian system for granted, trace its spread around the world through the agencies of imperialism and decolonization, and wonder if global economics, communications, and concerns such as the environment and weapons of mass destruction are bringing the curtain down on the secular nation-state system. The textbook account, however, is too pat.” [FULL TEXT]

Globalism vs. Economic Nationalism:
The Southeast Asian Case
By RONALD D. PALMER

“The Southeast Asia financial and economic crisis of 1997 revealed various problems in the region that the surging growth of the early go-go 1990s had obscured. These problems were rooted in outmoded political and economic frameworks. They had various sources, but many seemed to arise from political and economic practices associated with the persistence of inward-looking economic nationalism development strategies designed for yesterday’s world. . . .” [FULL TEXT]


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