Role Theory and Geopolitical Thinking in South America

Leslie Wehner, Detlef Nolte

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Geopolitical thinking has a long tradition in Latin America. This chapter analyzes the development of current geopolitical thinking in South America in particular, and how this influences the development of security conceptions and practices at the state and at the regional levels. It develops an analytical approach based on role theory with the objective to understand the type of geopolitical roles policy-makers seek to advance on behalf of the state and regional groups of states in order to confront pressing security challenges. Empirically, the chapter analyzes the traditional geopolitical narratives, their evolution and how they merge with new geopolitical issues/narratives such as the geopolitics of regional integration and natural resources protection and extraction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPower Dynamics and Regional Security in Latin America
EditorsMarcial Suarez, Rafael Villa, Brigitte Weiffen
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-137-57382-7
ISBN (Print)978-1-137-57381-0
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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