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Managing global interdependence on the Central American Isthmus: EU-Central America Interregional Relations

Publication Name: 
Working Paper
Volume, number, page: 
W-2014/8
Year of Publication: 
2014
Author(s): 
SELLESLAGHS Joren
Organization Name: 
United Nations University - Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies
Acronym: 
UNU - CRIS
Publisher: 
UNU-CRIS
City: 
Brugge
Country of Publication: 
Belgium
Category: 
Academic articles
Theme: 
BILATERAL RELATIONS UE - LAC
Subregion - European Union
BIREGIONAL RELATIONS UE - LAC
Association Agreeements
Keyword(s): 
European Union
Central America
International Relations
Foreign Policy
Economic Relations
Development Co-operation
Regional Integration
Institutionalization
Interregionalism
Abstract: 
The European Union (EU)-Central American interregional relationship has often been referred to as “one of the most successful examples of EU relations with any sub-region in the world” (former Commissioner for External Relations Christopher Patten, 2003). In summer 2013, the EU and Central America agreed on an Association Agreement, which was the first of its kind concluded between regions. The EU has now also established a region-to-region delegation in Managua, Nicaragua. This paper analyses the EU’s interests in pursuing such relations and argues that it mostly does so in order to promote liberal internationalism. Data was acquired through a literature review and – primarily – a large number of interviews conducted in Europe as well as Central America.