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V4–Latin America and the Caribbean States: New Partners?

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.16, pp.1-9.
Abstract: 
In a crisis-hit and multipolar world, non-traditional partners have started to partner up. For the V4 and Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) states, renewed interest in the economic sphere has not translated yet into an expansion of bilateral relations in other areas. To intensify cooperation, the V4 countries could think on increasing political dialogue with specific countries (e.g., Brazil, Mexico) or subregional groupings (e.g., Mercosur or the Pacific Alliance) and invest more in “track-two” diplomacy, which is generally a low-cost but high-return investment. The prospects for further intensification of relations suggest the dynamically developing LAC countries are potentially interesting partners for political, economic and scientific cooperation for members of the V4.

Unused Potential of an EU–LAC Partnership

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.59, pp.1-3.
Abstract: 
On 10–11 June 2015, the EU–Latin American and Caribbean States summit will be held in Brussels. It will be an occasion to enliven the bi-regional dialogue that due to the eurozone crisis and the growing presence of China in the Americas, among other reasons, has been latent of late. Poland and the rest of the EU have a chance to strengthen cooperation with this region. The first steps toward this goal should be to complete negotiations of the EU–Cuba Political Dialogue and Cooperation Agreement and to sign new trade agreements (with Mercosur) and update existing ones (with Chile and Mexico

The Local Government Dimension of Relations between Poland and Latin America

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.91, pp.1-2
Considered Countries: 
Abstract: 
Poland’s interest in Latin America has been increasing in recent years, mainly in economic terms. Yet local government remains an underestimated tool in advancing these relations. Greater activity by Polish local authorities could help in developing business and academic ties with the region, and allow the exchange of experience in fields such as urban development and revitalisation. Geographical distance, lack of knowledge and financial constraints are the main reasons for Polish local authorities’ low interest in Latin America so far.

The Importance to Poland of Latin American Regional Cooperation Initiatives

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.127, pp.1-2
Abstract: 
Regional cooperation initiatives are one of Latin American countries’ main policy tools. They have served to foster the development of member states, build common trust, and strengthen their international position. For Poland, the significance of some of the groupings mainly results from their status as EU partners. The main blocs are Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance—both include Poland’s main trading partners in the region—as well as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC), which represents the whole region in strategic partnership with the EU.

The Importance of the Peace Process for Colombia’s International Position

Publisher: 
PISM
City: 
Warsaw
Volume, number, page: 
n.21, pp.1-2.
Abstract: 
The peace process with the largest guerrilla groups in Colombia is one of the main challenges in its domestic politics. It also has become an important tool to strengthen the country’s international status and ties with foreign partners, which support the process. In this group, the UN plays a prominent role through verification of the peace talks and the results. Since it is a regular issue on the UN Security Council (UNSC) agenda, it provides Poland, a non-permanent member, the opportunity to enhance the Polish-Colombian political dialogue and makes it more attractive as a European partner for Latin American countries.
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