Heine Publishes New Book on Active Non-Alignment for Latin America

[UPDATED FEBRUARY 8, 2023] Ambassador Jorge Heine, Research Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, has published a new book titled El No Alineamiento Activo y América Latina: una doctrina para el nuevo siglo (Active Non-Alignment and Latin America: A Doctrine for the New Century).

The book was co-edited by Heine, Carlos Fortin, and Carlos Ominami. It has been published by Catalonia, a Chilean book publishing company based in Santiago, and the English version was published by Anthem Press in February 2023.

The edited volume, with twenty authors from seven different countries, makes the case for a policy of Active Non-Alignment by Latin American countries. This would mean steering clear of siding with either of the big powers in the current conflict between the United States and China and focusing strictly on Latin America’s own interests. This is especially urgent in the current circumstances in which Latin America is undergoing its worst crisis in 120 years, according to the United Nation’s Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. Contributors to the book include some of Latin  America’s leading IR specialists, as well as four former foreign ministers, and Argentina’s current minister of defense.

Heine was interviewed on the book by Radio Usach, a station at the University of Santiago, as well as Global Perspective, a program hosted by the University of Bogotá. His Radio Usach interview, conducted in Spanish, can be viewed below.

Ambassador Jorge Heine is a Research Professor at the Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University. He has served as ambassador of Chile to China (2014-2017), to India (2003-2007), and to South Africa (1994-1999), and as a Cabinet Minister in the Chilean Government. Read more about Ambassador Heine on his Pardee School faculty profile.