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Latin American Naval Strategy and Policy in the South Atlantic: Collaboration or Confrontation?

  • RUSI - Royal United Services Institute 61 Whitehall London, England, SW1A 2ET United Kingdom (map)

The Brazil Institute invites you to the South Atlantic Security: Actors, Interests & Strategies Conference's Panel 1 with Dr. Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza.


The competitive exploitation of ocean resources in the South Atlantic is a matter of increasing concern for Latin American governments. Owing to their extensive exclusive economic zones, Argentina and Brazil have a stake in preserving their rights. This paper analyses the role of the two countries´ naval strategy and policy in the articulation of a response to external actors. It addresses the incentives for cooperation and the causes of confrontation in preserving these maritime riches. In this context, the Brazilian special relationship with African countries and Chinese activities are of particular relevance. This case study stresses the valuable contribution that navies can make to maritime policies.



Dr. Carlos Alfaro Zaforteza holds a PhD in War Studies from King´s College London. He has presented numerous papers in international conferences, and published on naval history and policy in academic journals on both sides of the Atlantic. He teaches at King´s College London, and his research interests include naval history and current affairs, Latin American politics and strategic studies. He is co-author of the book, European Navies and the Conduct of War (Routledge, forthcoming).

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