Weekly Report - 17 January 2019 (WR-19-02)

Duque proposes new regional integration bloc

Colombia’s President Iván Duque revealed his intention on 15 January to forge a new regional integration initiative to replace the Union of South American Nations (Unasur). Duque, who withdrew Colombia from the 12-nation Unasur last August on the grounds that it was buttressing the Venezuelan dictatorship through its “silence and complicity”, argued that the rebranded Prosur would subordinate ideology to pragmatism to improve regional cooperation. But his inchoate initiative looks more like an attempt to recast the integration movement in a different ideological mould, reflecting the conservative ideals of the majority of South American governments at the present time.

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