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Latin America and Asia: Power, Oil, Religion, and Culture

Asia’s expanding influence in Latin America has become one of the most salient changes of the 21st century. How has the Asian influence in development, trade, and culture affected Latin America? How has it shaped particular foreign policies of individual countries? China, a source of cheap manufactured imports and a major export destination for oil, chemicals, rare minerals, and other valuable commodities, has displaced the United States as chief trading partner for many Latin American countries. Although Asia’s growth has declined in the past few years, there still is an insatiable desire for commodities and other raw materials needed to fulfill Asian production needs. The relationship between Asia and Latin America is not uniform across the region, however. Asia also has been a fierce competitor in lower-level manufacturing and textiles, which has forced Mexico and Central American countries to evolve, moving up the supply chain with more complex and sophisticated product sets and promoting Latin American exports in technology-based manufacturing. Has development been well managed by Latin American countries, or have they mortgaged future earnings for unequal relationships, contracting future development funds to foreign governments? Have Trump’s foreign policy and attitude toward Latino populations created new, stronger bonds between Asia and Latin America and drawn the regions and peoples closer together? This course will examine Asia’s impact on Latin America, focusing on trade but also assessing historical, cultural, religious, societal, and strategic factors.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the current challenges facing Latin America and Asia—past, present, and future
  • Knowledge of the important foreign policy and domestic issues facing Latin America and Asia regarding trade policy, economic development, and migration

Ideal for

  • Those doing business in South America, Central America, and Asia
  • Students of current affairs who wish to deepen their understanding of global trends
  • Engaged individuals seeking broad analysis of today’s political conflicts, global economic challenges, and worldwide security
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