UDC 327(41:8)
Biblid: 0543-3657, 73 (2022)
Vol. 73, No 1186, pp. 123-151
DOI: https://doi.org/10.18485/iipe_mp.2022.73.1186.6

Original scientific paper
Received: 10 Sep 2022
Accepted: 15 Nov 2022
CC BY-SA 4.0

The British Isles and Latin American Countries

Dujić Ivan (Research fellow at the Institute of International Politics and Economics (IIPE), Belgrade), ivan@diplomacy.bg.ac.rs

This paper deals with the relations between the key countries that geographically belong to the British Isles and Latin American countries. By using comparative and historiographical methods, the paper intends to offer an answer to the research question: Does the Republic of Ireland, due to more historical similarities with Latin American countries than the other countries of the British Isles, has to have better economic and political relations with Latin America? The paper is based on the hypothesis that the Republic of Ireland, through cooperation with the countries of Latin America (despite specific differences compared to other countries of the British Isles), strives to exert an identical influence in terms of the affirmation of Western Christian values in the countries of Latin America. Finally, it aligns with the EU’s policy of deeper cooperation with Latin America. After the Introduction, the central section of this paper is divided into four sub-sections that follow historical events in Ireland and the United Kingdom as well as their influences on relationships with Latin American countries, particularly during the Cold War and Post-Cold War periods. After passing the long territorialization process and during the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Republic of Ireland, which geographically belongs to the British Isles but remained part of the EU even after the withdrawal of Great Britain, became a country, formally and essentially capable of maintaining its economic, political, and cultural relationships with Latin American countries. This is the point emphasised in the conclusion.

Keywords: the British Isles, (Republic of) Ireland, UK, EU, Latin America, World War I, World War II, Post-Cold War period, Western Christian values