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17:00 - 18:30 31 January 2018

Historical antecedents and post-WWII regionalism in the Americas


Lecture Room 103 | UCL – Institute of the Americas (link Map)
51 Gordon Square | London | WC1H 0PQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Alumni | Public | Academic | Student
Admission: Free
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Professor Tom Long, Assistant Professor in New Rising World Powers, University of Warwick, Tom Long is an Assistant Professor in New Rising World Powers at the University of Warwick and an Affiliated Professor at the Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas (CIDE) in Mexico City. His research primarily focuses on U.S.-Latin American relations and the dynamics of asymmetry in International Relations. He has previously been on the faculties of the University of Reading, CIDE, and American University’s School of International Service, where he completed his doctorate in 2013. He has been named a 2017-2018 Fulbright Scholar at the Pontificia Universidad Católica in Santiago, Chile. His first book, Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and Influence (Cambridge University Press) was named one of the best books of 20

This paper brings new evidence and argument to the debate on the emergence of multilateral regional security agreements after World War II, encapsulated in Hemmer and Katzenstein’s question, 'Why is there no NATO in Asia?' This discussion on regional orders has overlooked the experience of the inter-American system at the same historical conjuncture. The inter-American experience casts doubt on the generalizability of prominent explanations of regional formation. Drawing on an historical institutionalist approach, this article illustrates how historical trajectories condition the bargains between great powers and secondary states over the natures of emerging regional bargains. In short, we argue that existence or absence of shared historical antecedents of regionalism (SHAR) is essential to explaining cross-regional variations in security cooperation, beyond existing explanations of threat, power, burden-sharing, or identity.


Oscar Martinez
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