Foreign policy dimensions of Argentina and Brazil: emerging middle powers marching to their own drum
Lovvorn, Terry Jean
Amos, J.W. II
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This paper focuses on and compares dimensions of Argentine and Brazilian foreign policy in the international system, coupled with changes in their domestic and regional politics. Both countries have adopted independent foreign policy strategies aimed toward regional and global interdependence. Their pursuit of independent action has tended to ignore United States influence unless it coincided with perceptions of their national interests. These strategies have resulted in marked diversification of contacts with other nations, both developing and developed. Additionally, these traditional rivals acknowledge the benefits to be gained politically and economically by cooperating. In final assessment of their bids for independence and self sufficiency have only highlighted Argentine and Brazilian interdependence on the Latin American region and the international system.