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Introduction

Luis Roniger

in Transnational Politics in Central America

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print June 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036632
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813038834 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813036632.003.0001
Introduction

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This book aims to provide an understanding of the transnational dynamics of Central America. This is a region that includes Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama. These countries share a close geographical relationship and historical background, a geopolitical interdependence, and challenges in the international arena. In tracing the transnational dynamics of Central America, the book analyzes the connected history, close and dynamic interrelations, crossings and mutual impact of the countries of the isthmus on one another, in addition to their geopolitical interdependence and a series of common challenges they have faced in the international arena. This book is an attempt to make sense of these and other regional trends by indicating that one needs to approach Central America with a Janus-faced perspective: trying to understand the process of fragmentation into separate nation-states along with lingering transnational dynamics.

Keywords: transnational dynamics; Central America; Guatemala; Belize; El Salvador; Honduras; Nicaragua; Costa Rica; Panama

Chapter.  2003 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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