Date of Award

Spring 5-2000

Document Type


Degree Name

Honors College


Political Science

First Advisor


Second Advisor

Joyce W. O'Rourke

Third Advisor

Beverly Wade


Commonalties in language, religion, history, politics and economics have retained positive ties between the nations of Latin America. However, in lieu of the transnational problems that the region is facing in the areas of the environment, drugs and hunger, mere cultural and historical commonalties will not be enough to establish the regional cooperation desperately needed in Latin America to procure its economic future . Many organizations have thus been created to further cooperation and integration in the region. These initiatives, however, lack certain characteristics needed for successful regional integration. Moreover, a specific initiative, the FT AA spear headed by the United States, retains flaws in its conception and its future remains tainted by regional security conflicts. Thus, this thesis points out the relevance of the current regional conflicts affecting the future of the FT AA and the its implications for US foreign policy while specifying changes needed to foster successful regional integration in Latin America.