Cooperation in Latin America: Responses to Covid-19 expose existing cracks in regional infrastructure.

Cooperation in Latin America: Responses to Covid-19 expose existing cracks in regional infrastructure.

The proliferation of attempts at regional cooperation has been a constant characteristic of Latin American politics for more than half a century. The COVID-19 pandemic and the response of intergovernmental organisations (IGOs) in Latin America highlights both the potential of these organisations and the perils of plural regionalism and member states with contrasting political agendas. In the face of the virus, the regional level provides a fruitful space for IGOs in Latin America to use existing strategic alliances to mitigate the outbreak and its aggravating effects on existing precarities. However, there are concerns about how regional efforts can complement national and international efforts, and whether the response efforts from IGOs might be hampered by rivalries amongst some member states.

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