restricted access Ecuadorian State-Capacity Building through Territorial Strategic Asset Management

Although territorial and economic size are important geographic factors in determining the political and economic importance of specific Latin American states, the internal decision making of smaller states –such as Ecuador– is also instructive in highlighting the ways in which geopolitics is unfolding in the region. President Rafael Correa has sought to strengthen Ecuadorian state capacity by making use of geographically rooted ‘territorial strategic assets’ as a means of positioning the state within regional and trans-regional political-economic frameworks, thereby lending importance to Ecuador as an economic and political actor in its own right.