International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association (LASA) hosts workshop on 'The strategic partnership between Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe one year after the summit'.

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The workshop organized on June 14 by the EU-LAC Foundation in the framework of the LASA 2024 Congress in Bogota, Colombia, brought together European and Latin American researchers to stimulate academic debate on the agenda for the bi-regional relationship between Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, as defined by the Heads of State, one year after the EU-CELAC Summit in Brussels in 2023. 

The needs and expectations of the regions in light of their geopolitical environment, economic and trade needs, and social problems were analyzed from an interregional and comparative perspective. To this end, four experts presented their views on the various aspects of this concept:

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The first speaker was Barbara Göbel, Director of the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut (IAI) in Berlin, who addressed the "Potentials and challenges of bi-regional scientific cooperation". The history of bi-regional scientific relations, with their great thematic diversity and the stability of transatlantic scientific networks, was the central theme of this presentation, which, despite their persistent structural inequalities, remain particularly rich. 

She was followed by Elsa Llenderrozas, Director of the Political Science Department of the University of Buenos Aires. In her presentation "The Strategic Partnership between Latin America and the Caribbean and Europe: an opportunity to strengthen democratic governance and sustainable development from the perspective of the Southern Cone", she analyzed the progress made at the CELAC-EU Summit of 2023, seeking to propose mechanisms to energize the bi-regional agenda, with special emphasis on democratic governance and sustainable development in the Southern Cone in the current context of geopolitical and geoeconomic crisis with global democratic setbacks.

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She was followed by Vladimir Rouvinski, Director of the PoInt Laboratory at Icesi University. His presentation "Relations between the European Union and Latin America: challenges and opportunities regarding the role of China, Russia and other Eurasian powers in the international arena", examined the challenges, but also the opportunities that emerge due to the strengthening of interactions between China, Russia and some other Eurasian countries with Latin American and Caribbean countries in terms of the bi-regional partnership between Latin America, the United States and the European Union.

Paz Milet García, Associate Professor at the University of Chile, delved into the "New designs and priorities in the LA-EU relationship" that emerged after the EU-CELAC 2023 Summit in the context of polycrisis, with a particular emphasis on cooperation in energy and security, also discussing the role that Europe could play in Latin America in the context of the growing confrontation between the United States and China.

Finally, Susanne Gratius, Professor of International Relations at the Autonomous University of Madrid, analyzed "Strategic autonomy as a shared challenge between LA and the EU", focusing on European-Latin American relations in an adverse international context, marked by the war in Ukraine and the conflict in Gaza, crises where both parties are unable to forge solid consensus.

Finally, Susanne Gratius, Professor of International Relations at the Autonomous University of Madrid, analyzed "Strategic autonomy as a shared challenge between LA and the EU", focusing on European-Latin American relations in an adverse international context, marked by the war in Ukraine and the conflict in Gaza, crises where both parties are unable to forge solid consensus.

In a context where other regions of the world increasingly require Europe's attention, events such as this one are key to revalidate relations with Latin America and the Caribbean and demonstrate why it remains a mutually beneficial partnership.