GWU Hosts Heine for Webinar on Active Non-Alignment for Latin America

On November 30, 2022, Ambassador Jorge Heine, Research Professor at the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies at Boston University, took part in a webinar hosted by the Elliott School of International Relations at George Washington University (GWU) on his book 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).

Heine joined a panel of fellow experts, which featured Cynthia McClintock, Professor of Political Science and International Affairs at GWU; Barbara Stallings, Research Professor at Brown University’s Watson Institute of International Studies; and Stephen Kaplan, Associate Professor of Political Science and International Affairs.

The book, co-edited by Heine, Carlos Fortin, and Carlos Ominami, features chapters from twenty authors from seven different countries and 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. Heine argues that this is especially urgent given the ongoing war in Ukraine, which he says “signals a major cleavage between democracy and autocracy,” as well as the financial crisis in Latin America, the worst in 120 years according to the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean. 

A recording of the webinar can be viewed here. Use passcode 2Y7@0yJ$ to access the recording.

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.