Incluye referencias bibliográficas e índice. CONTENIDO: A guide to ALBA: what is the Bolivarian alternative to the Americas and what does it do? -- New philosophy and socialism of the 21st century -- Chávez and ALBA -- Political and ideological aspects of the Alianza Bolivariana para los pueblos de nuestra América - Tratado de Comercio de los Pueblos (ALBA - TCP): viability and sustainability? -- ALBA: ideology overcommes integration? -- Neo-Bolivarian challenges: Cuba and Venezuela and their foreign policies -- Morales' Bolivia and ALBA -- ALBA and Petro-Caribe: Successes and a paradoxical failure of Venezuela soft power in the Caribbean -- ALBA and Central America: Nicaraguan integration and sub-regional mistrust -- The post-Washington consensus regional integration in South America: convergence and divergence in ALBA and UNASUR: a comparative perspective -- Military geometry of ALBA: Venezuela's armed forces, terrorism, and revolutionary Islam -- UNASUR: constructing the South American identity -- The South American defense council vis-á-vis ALBA: dilemmas and contradictions of the new security diplomacy -- ALBA and economic regionalization in Latin America -- ALBA-TCP: a viable and sustainable alternative? -- The Bolivarian alliance and the United States of America: incompatible ideas -- Russia and ALBA: a marriage of convenience? -- Europe and the New Latin America: spanish perception of new trends in South American security and integration: focus on ALBA -- Chinese engagement with the ALBA countries: a relationship of mutual convenience?.