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An important distinction is to be made between physical and functional regions. Physical regions encompass contiguous spaces controlled by more than one state, articulated by a military, political or economic rationale. g. 7 Spaces of places are generally created by sovereign states. They are contained within defined borders and their form, use and meaning are historically rooted within a confined territory. Spaces of flows, in contrast, are usually defined by networks created through social practices, and organized independently of physical contiguity.

Achievement of integration objectives was further compromised by border conflicts, revolutionary movements and civil war. By the 1980s, the 38 Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. 18 Re-mapping the Americas CACM sub-regional arrangement was totally overshadowed by political and military conflicts within the region and by economic instability. CARIFTA and CARICOM Immediately after gaining independence from the British Empire, several Caribbean states attempted to merge into a single political entity in 1958 – the West Indies Federation.

Comparative reflections on regional governance in the Southern Cone of Latin America’, Third World Quarterly, 24 (2) (2003), 217–234. 41 C. Fred Bergsten, ‘Open Regionalism’, Working Paper 97–3, Peterson Institute for International Economics (1997). ’, paper presented at the Institute of International Relations, The University of the West Indies, St Augustine, Trinidad; and Peter J. Katzenstein, A World of Regions: Asia & Europe in the American Imperium (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2005).

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