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Online Scientific Seminar «Latin America's place in Spain's foreign policy interests: Madrid's view»

On Thursday, December 9th, 2021, International Laboratory on World Order Studies and the New Regionalism of National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE University) held special online-seminar with renowned experts from the Autonomous University of Madrid on: «Latin America's place in Spain's foreign policy interests: Madrid's view».

Back at the beginning of the third millennium, the famous Mexican historian L. Meyer noted that Latin America—Spain relations were traditionally characterized by «constant asymmetry ... the result of the preservation of factors typical of the previous stage, the colonial one.» Now the Spanish Government is actively developing a Latin American policy that will benefit the entire European Community.

What is the place of Latin American countries in Spain's foreign policy now? How does the transformation of the political landscape of the «burning continent» affect the Spain-Latin America dialogue? Are the relations between Spain and Latin American countries truly «special», or is it an established stereotype?

Participants and listeners of the seminar had a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the «Madrid's view» of Latin America.

There were such reports as:

Speakers:

1. Dr. Álvaro Soto Carmona, PhD, professor of UAM, with the report «Latin America on the way to democracy».

2. Dr. Pedro A. Martínez Lillo, PhD, professor of UAM, with the report «Latin American vector in Spanish external policy: The End of the Cold War and the New World Order».

3. Dr. José Luis Neila Hernández, PhD, professor of UAM, with the report «The main trends and approaches of Spain in relation to Latin America in the XX and XXI century».

Debater: Ekaterina Kosevich, PhD

The seminar was attended by 47 people, among whom were Latin American specialists from MGIMO and the Institute of Latin America of the Russian Academy of Science, as well as many students of the Faculty. This proves once again that Latin American issues are of particular interest among the HSE scientific community and have great prospects for development.

Link to the video