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CIPR Visiting Researcher to Speak in South Africa on Venezuela

November 17th, 2015

Professor Steve Ellner will be in South Africa during November 2015 speaking on the following:

“Regionalism in Latin America and the Caribbean I: ALBA‘€™s emergence and the rise of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States” The Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with the University of South Africa (UNISA) holds it first in a series of roundtable dialogues on Latin America and the Caribbean on 18 November 2015. As part of IGD‘€™s UNISA mandate to revive the Centre for Latin American Studies and eventually transform it into a Centre for Global South Studies within IGD, this roundtable series is intended to introduce the local and international community in Tshwane and beyond to the dynamic multi-regional continental political, economic and cultural landscape of the Americas. As such, this first roundtable series is devoted to the new generation multilateralism in southerly western hemisphere represented in the emergence of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) an the specific approach of the ALBA alliance to the creation and strengthening of CELAC.

CELAC emerged out of a decision taken in February 23, 2010 at a unity summit of the Rio Group and the summit mechanism of Latin America and the Caribbean, in Riviera Maya, México, and formally launched on December 3, 2011 in Caracas, Venezuela. The launching of CELAC under the Bolivarian Presidency of the late Hugo Chavez also brought into focus the interregional and sub-regional integrating mechanisms already in place aimed at giving impetus to Latin American and Caribbean economic integration. ALBA, CARICOM, MERCOSUR, the Andean Community, SICA, UNASUR and other such integration efforts anticipated CELAC and served as reference for the creation of CELAC as the first region-wide mechanism.

For the first time in its history, the region of Latin America and the Caribbean inaugurated one sole organization, involving, without exception, all of its 33 sovereign states, reaffirming its character as a region, its quest for unity and integration, and its respect for diversity.

In addition, Professor Ellner will speak at the University of the Western Cape Convocation. His talk is titled “Shifting Global Balance of Forces: Role of Hugo Chavez in the Integration of Latin American and Caribbean States.”