Chile: Regional and Global Trade Organizations

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Political Science
International Relations
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Course of Chilean political and economic issues relating to regional trade organizations within the global context from a Chilean viewpoint. The course will include guest lecturers and visits to local representatives. The course begins by assessing Chile’s major trading relations. The roles of politics and local economic powers and their interrelationships will be analyzed through the major political, economic and trade regimes, e.g. G7, LAIA, LAES, Cartagena (G-l1), MERCOSUR. The course will assess the impact of international institutions such as IADB, IMF, APEC, the WTO, etc. on national policy making and economic development: NAFTA treaty and the project of a Free Trade Zone for the Americas, political and trade linkages with European Union and Bilateral Chilean Agreements.

The purpose of this course is to make a revision and a broad analysis of the insertion of Chile into the global scenario. Students will acquire theoretical and practical knowledge about the commerce organizations in the context of economic liberalization.

Attendance policy: 

Attendance and punctuality are mandatory for all IES Abroad classes, including course-related excursions. Any exams, tests, presentations, or other work missed due to student absences can only be rescheduled in cases of documented medical or family emergencies.

If a student misses more than 1.5 classes (for courses taught once a week) or 2.5 classes (for courses taught twice a week) in any course, the final grade will be reduced by one-third of a letter grade (for example, A- to B+) for every additional unexcused absence. Six absences in any course will result in a failing grade.

Punctuality: Students who are late to class will receive a .5 absence. Arriving in class more than 15 minutes late will result in 1 absence.

Learning outcomes: 

By the end of this course, students will be able to:

  • Use terms, concepts, and frameworks associated with globalization
  • Identify the evolution of Chilean strategies in order to integrate the world economy
  • Analyze the current history of commerce organizations at regional and world levels
Method of presentation: 
  • Presentations
  • Group discussions
  • Active participation
  • Team tutorial meetings
  • Course lectures
Field study: 
  • Vineyard near Santiago
  • Fruit packing plant in the south of Santiago
  • Chilean Foreign Ministry
Required work and form of assessment: 
  • Oral presentation - 30%
  • Group paper (20-25 pages) - 30%
  • Final Exam - 40%



Session 1

Introductions: What is this course? What are our expectations?

An invitation to interactive working

Negotiating as a team

Methodology of basic research: How to choose a subject? How to select materials?

Structure of the oral and written presentation

Session 2

The Global Economy: Concepts of globalization

Economic structures of international trade

The necessity to build up associations between countries

Models of association: bilateralism and multilateralism

Customs union, economic complimentary agreements, free trade zones, free trade agreements, and political movements against globalization

Session 3

Economic institutions of the global world: World Trade Organization, World Bank, International Economic Fund, the Group of Seven

The gap between wealth and poverty in Latin American

How economic institutions influence domestic and foreign policies in Latin America

Session 4 Field trip to the Chilean Foreign Ministry hosted by professors who belong to this institution to meet some senior officers, visit to the Ministry Library, and the Chilean Academy of Diplomacy
Session 5 Theory and techniques of international negotiation
Session 6

Chile in international trade

Current agreements, negotiations in progress, figures of interchange, investments and basket of exports

Session 7

Chile and the USA: On the way to a free trade agreement

The failed promise: Chile, the 4th NAFTA partner

The bilateral option

Chile’s role in building up the FTAA

The current process of bilateral negotiation

Session 8 Field trip to fruit packing plant in the south of Santiago to look at production and the export process
Session 9

MERCOSUR and Chile

Political and economic perspective of MERCOSUR

Why Chile is not yet a full member?

MERCOSUR and the project of a free trade zone in the Americas in 2005

Session 10

European Union and Chile

Political and economic perspective of the EU

Chilean current negotiation process aiming at a free trade agreement with EU

Session 11

APEC and Chile

Chile as a country who belongs to the Pacific Rim

Statistics of interchange

Political implications

Session 12 Four sessions devoted to seminars: student presentation and discussion (one or two groups each session)
Session 13 Field trip to a vineyard near Santiago – wine as export (about 8 hours)
Session 14 Simulation game of international negotiations: Two teams to negotiate on a given issue
Session 15 Final exam


Required readings: 
  • Fermandois, Joaquín (1999), “Una década de transformaciones: relaciones exteriores de Chile, 1988-1998”, en Rimoldi de Ladman, Eve (Coord.), Política exterior y tratados. Argentina, Chile, MERCOSUR, Buenos Aires: Ciudad Argentina, pp. 47-69.
  • Fermandois, Joaquín (2005). Mundo y fin de mundo. Chile en la política mundial 1900-2004, Santiago: Ediciones Universidad Católica de Chile, pp. 493-551
  • Gardini, Gianluca (2010). Proyectos de integración regional sudamericana hacia una teoría de convergencia regional.
  • Heredero de Pablos, M. I. (2001). “La Organización Mundial de Comercio. Antecedentes, situación y perspectivas” Revista de Economía Mundial, núm. 4, pp. 13-30.
  • Taibo Arias, Carlos (2003), "Problemas actuales de las relaciones internacionales", en Pereira, Juan Carlos (Coord.), Historia de las relaciones internacionales contemporáneas, Barcelona: Ariel, pp. 551-564.
  • Van Klaveren, Alberto (1998). "Inserción internacional de Chile", en Toloza, Cristián y Eugenio Lahera, Chile en los noventa, Santiago: Presidencia de la República/Dolmen Ed., pp. 117-160.
  • Wilhemy, Manfred y Roberto Durán (2003). “Los principales rasgos de la política exterior chilena entre 1973 y el 2000”, Revista de Ciencia Política, Vol. XXIII, Nº 2, pp. 273-286.