In the 21st century so far, regional integration has been one of the most notable elements in South American foreign relations, promising increased political, economic, social, and development cooperation. But is South America entering a new era, or will these grand plans remain just rhetoric?
The Emerging Continent
From the emergence of Brazil and the populist left, to the gathering momentum of regional integration, South America has experienced a decade of growth and change while America's attention has been turned elsewhere. WPR examines the Emerging Continent.
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