Presentation at the Latin American Studies Association (LASA)
From May 26 to 29, the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) conducted its annual conference. This is the largest and most well-attended event on Latin American Studies in the world. It offers an invaluable opportunity to meet leading scholars, and to discuss the latest state-of-the-art research in the field.
My presentation this year outlined the basic ideas underpinning my new theory of regional integration. This new theory is based on drawing insights from the history of Latin American regional organizations.
The region of Latin America has the longest and richest history of regional integration attempts in the world. And yet, it is often neglected by scholars who base their theories on the EU, failing to learn lessons from both the successes, and the failures of Latin American integration. My work alleviates this gap in the literature.
The feedback I received from my colleagues was invaluable, and it will allow me to make substantial improvements to my analytical framework. I hope that my comments on their papers were equally useful, and look forward to LASA 2022!