Argentina in the World: Changing Patterns of Global Insertion
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Economic crises in Brazil and Venezuela, two of the largest economies in the Mercosur trading bloc, have renewed questions about the future of South American integration. This is especially true in light of alternative models such as the Pacific Alliance. With Argentina under new leadership and Brazil in the midst of an impeachment process, Mercosur’s fundamentals are being re-examined as never before. In Argentina and the World: Keys to Successful Integration (La Argentina y el mundo: claves de una integración exitosa) Argentine author and entrepreneur Francisco de Santibañes argues that Argentina can fully develop only through broad insertion into the international system. Santibañes proposes “intelligent” trade liberalization, the improvement of relations with other countries, and the positioning of Buenos Aires as a bridge between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance. What obstacles need to be overcome for Argentina to play the role envisioned by the author? What, if any, steps is the government of President Mauricio Macri taking in pursuit of other options?
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