Constructing transnational solidarity in the global Cold War: South-South solidarity in Latin America and beyond

Start time: 13:30 / End time: 14:30 / Date: 11 Nov 2020

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The paper examines how and why transnational solidarity activism in support of Latin Americans living under dictatorships emerged in developing countries in the 1970s and 1980s. Despite the growing attention to the global nature of the Cold War, little systematic research has been undertaken about the motivations for this engagement and its impact, particularly outside of Europe and the United States. To address this gap, the paper examines examples of solidarity activism that emerged in Argentina and Algeria. Based on these insights, this paper contests the argument that political solidarity during the Cold War flowed primarily from North to South and was defined in terms of the East-West ideological divide. Instead, this activism and these political perspectives were much more fluid and multidirectional than often assumed, forging connections across the Global South to ideas about Third World internationalism and decolonisation.

Dr Marieke Riethof is a Senior Lecturer in Latin American Politics at the University of Liverpool. Her research focuses on transnational solidarity activism, Brazilian foreign policy, and labour politics in Latin America.

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