Document Type



Master of Arts (MA)


International Studies

First Advisor's Name

Dario Moreno

First Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Chair

Second Advisor's Name

Jin Zeng

Second Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member

Third Advisor's Name

Harry Gould

Third Advisor's Committee Title

Committee Member


American Politics, Defense and Security Studies, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Military and Veterans Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, Poitical Theory

Date of Defense



The purpose of this thesis is to explore the various ways in which great-power competition between China and the United States will affect regional stability within Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). This research will evaluate various theoretical approaches within the study of international relations (neorealism, neoliberal institutionalism, constructivism), as well as review foundational works of Robert Koehane, Robert Gilpin, and other major IR theorists. By utilizing these approaches, this thesis seeks to explain an increased Chinese presence in Latin America and the Caribbean through diplomatic, information, military and economic lens (DIME). In doing so, it becomes clear that stable patterns of interaction between the two great powers is only achievable through a combination of all theoretical approaches, particularly that of neoliberal institutionalism and constructivism.





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