Heine Breaks Down Latin American Foreign Policy and Preference for Non-Alignment

Jorge Heine, Research Professor at Boston University’s Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies and Interim Director of the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, published an article in Global Policy breaking down the policy of active non-alignment as well as how it might explain the Latin American diplomatic positioning.

Heine wrote the article, titled “European War and Global Pandemic: The Renewed Validity of Active Non-Alignment,” with Carlos Fortin and Carlos Ominami, his fellow co-authors of Active Non-Alignment and Latin America: A Doctrine for the New Century. In their article, the three build off of the argument developed in their book, in which they argue for the adoption of active non-alignment in Latin America. 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 can be seen in the way numerous Latin American countries have reacted to the Russia-Ukraine war – abstaining from voting against resolutions to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights Council and not supporting sanctions on Russia. Heine, Fortin, and Ominami address questions regarding this apparently counterintuitive behavior of some Latin American countries.

The full article can be read on Global Policy’s website.

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.