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American Foreign Policy Towards Latin America in the Eighties and Nineties : Issues and Controversies from Reagan to Bush - Howard J. Wiarda

American Foreign Policy Towards Latin America in the Eighties and Nineties

Issues and Controversies from Reagan to Bush

Paperback Published: 1st January 1993
ISBN: 9780814792575
Number Of Pages: 374

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"A wide-ranging set of studies by a recognized academic expert on Latin America who has an unusual understanding of the policy process, based on many years at an influential Washington think tank. It combines sophisticated and critical use of social science theory with a thorough knowledge of specifics. Ideal for use in advanced undergraduate and graduate classes." --Paul e. Sigmund, Princeton University, author ofLiberation Theology at the CrossroadsandMultinationals in Latin America "Professor Wiarda's accumulated corpus of comment on the past decade of U.S.-Latin relations is a treasure, blessed with uncanny insight and a sense for the jugular vein of policy. He is at the top of the heap among this country's experts in his understanding of what the Western Hemisphere is all about." --Williams d. Rogers, Former Assistant, Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs This thoughtful, controversial book, by one of the country's leading Latin America scholars, examines the fundamental tenets and ideologies behind America's policy towards Latin America over the course of the last three administrations. Howard Wiarda, who has served as a consultant for the State Department, the Department of the Army, the National Security Council, the Kissinger Commission, and the White House, is ideally situated to provide an insider account of policy decisions and process during the Reagan-Bush era. The combination of Wiarda's academic background and his hands-on knowledge of Washington practices and processes results in a volume that is extremely readable and will serve as a vital link between the scholarly and policymaking communities. Wiarda supplements his incisive analysis on the role of the military in Latin America, shifting U.S. strategic policy, democracy and human rights, and the problems presented by dictators in decline with illuminating case studies of Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua, South America, and the Caribbean. The result is a book that will be of interest to both scholars and students of American foreign policy and Latin American studies, as well as policymakers and analysts.

"Professor Wiarda's accumulated corpus of comment on the past decade of U.S.-Latin relations is a treasure, blessed with uncanny insight and a sense for the jugular vein of policy. He is at the top of the heap among this country's experts in his understanding of what the Western Hemisphere is all about."

-Williams D. Rogers, Former Assistant, Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs

Preface
Introductionp. 1
United States Foreign Policy in Latin America
United States Policy toward Central America: A Retrospective of the Reagan Yearsp. 17
United States Policy in Latin America: The Bush Agendap. 34
Policy Issues
"Friendly Tyrants": Gauging When to Change U.S. Policyp. 45
The Military and Democracyp. 66
Europe's Ambiguous Relations with Latin America: Blowing Hot and Cold in the Western Hemispherep. 79
The Politics of Latin American Debtp. 97
Opportunities and Obstacles to Superpower Conflict Resolution: Soviet-American Cooperation in Central Americap. 114
Theoretical Perspectives
State-Society Relations in Latin America: Toward a Theory of the Contract Statep. 139
Rethinking Political Development: A Look Backward over Thirty Years, and a Look Aheadp. 152
Political Culture and National Developmentp. 171
Country and Regional Studies
Turnaround in Nicaragua: The Larger Implicationsp. 183
Mexico: The Unraveling of a Corporatist Regime?p. 190
The Dominican Republic: Mirror Legacies of Democracy and Authoritarianismp. 212
Is Cuba Next? Crises of the Castro Regimep. 250
South American Domestic Politics and Foreign Policyp. 272
Toward the Future
Saving Latin America from the "Black Hole"p. 297
The Democratic Breakthrough in Latin America: Challenges, Prospects, and U.S. Policyp. 304
Notesp. 319
Selected Bibliographyp. 349
Indexp. 355
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ISBN: 9780814792575
ISBN-10: 081479257X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 374
Published: 1st January 1993
Publisher: New York University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 14.99  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.51