POL 562A - Natural Resources and International Security in Latin America

This course will discuss how the management of other natural resources in Latin America affect or are likely to affect international security in the forthcoming decades. Latin America is a large geographical area well-endowed with natural resources that are usually poorly regulated, which results in high levels of domestic and international conflict among myriad actors, both governmental and non-governmental. In this course, students will learn about the ongoing international struggles that result from national governments’ efforts to secure access to valuable freshwater resources, maintain the quality of their arable land, mine minerals of strategic importance (uranium, lithium, gold, among others), and protect biodiversity.