Bolivarian globalization? The new left’s struggle in Latin America and the Caribbean to negotiate a revolutionary approach to humanitarian militarism and international intervention

TGE Muhr

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Abstract

Within a critical globalization theory framework, this article analyses the military dimension of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America–Peoples’ Trade Agreement (ALBA-TCP) and its agenda of ‘peacekeeping’ and ‘humanitarian intervention’ in Haiti. Since its launch in 2004, the ALBA-TCP has established itself as an increasingly institutionalized, multidimensional, and pluriscalar counter-hegemonic Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) regionalism and globalization project. Integral to the pursued transformation of world order is the launching of a counter-hegemonic military agenda. Grounded in the Bolivarian philosophy of regional union, the article explores the ALBA-TCP collective defence policies, institutionalized in the Permanent Committee of Sovereignty and Defence, and the ALBA-TCP-Haiti cooperation before and after the earthquake of January 2010. By interrogating the nature of the military alliance and its humanitarian agenda, I propose that the ALBA-TCP’s revolutionary approach to internationalism, peacekeeping, and intervention may be understood as employing an ‘enlarged conception’ of humanitarianism that means neither militarized humanitarianism nor humanitarian assistance as isolated, short-term technical disaster relief, but as long-term emancipatory structural transformation. Military alliance, however, is necessary to defend the project against imperialist aggression.
Translated title of the contributionBolivarian globalization? The new left’s struggle in Latin America and the Caribbean to negotiate a revolutionary approach to humanitarian militarism and international intervention
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145 - 159
Number of pages16
JournalGlobalizations
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2012

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