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Challenges on the integration of infrastructure in South America: moments of crises

Grant number: 19/21311-0
Support type:Scholarships abroad - Research Internship - Master's degree
Effective date (Start): January 17, 2020
Effective date (End): March 15, 2020
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Political Science - International Politics
Principal Investigator:Wagner Pralon Mancuso
Grantee:Tiago Franca Menegatti
Supervisor abroad: Olivier Dabene
Home Institution: Instituto de Relações Internacionais (IRI). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Local de pesquisa : Fondation Nationale des Sciences Politiques (Sciences Po), France  
Associated to the scholarship:18/08150-5 - Regional integration and the horizontalization of the Brazilian foreign policy: preferences of the business community in the infrastructure projects in South America, BP.MS


This project aims to understand how crises involving infrastructure in South America impacted the advancement of physical integration processes. Infrastructure integration in the region has advanced since the creation of IIRSA in 2000. However, conflicts have arisen throughout this process. This project aims to analyze how South American countries and regional institutions, such as UNASUL and MERCOSUL, reacted to this type of situation. To this end, we selected the cases of the natural gas crisis between Brazil and Bolivia in 2006, the expulsion of a Brazilian construction company in Ecuador in 2008, and the renegotiation of Itaipu tariffs with Paraguay in 2009. We therefore seek to analyze the consequences of these crises for regional integration.