Regional Integration in Latin America: The Strategy of “Convergence in Diversity” and the Relations between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance
Convergence and confrontation are two different strategic options that have been evoked with respect to the relation between Mercosur and the Pacific Alliance. Choosing one or the other transcends the level of the economic and the commercial and deeply affects the political. Their impact is closely related with regional governance and the achievement of a climate of harmony functional to democracy and to the economic and social development of member countries.
The idea of convergence in diversity has been proposed as central to the development of a strategy for joint work among the member countries of both integration processes. The different agreements and measures eventually adopted by member countries of both schemes could contribute to the goal of achieving a reasonable degree of regional governance. Showing that this is possible might be a worthy goal to nourish the agenda of cooperation between all Latin American countries. Its effects would then transcend the regional scope.