The United States and Latin America after the Cold War

The United States and Latin America after the Cold War

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The United States and Latin America after the Cold War looks at the almost quarter-century of relations between the United States and Latin America since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. An academic and recent high-level US policymaker, Crandall argues that any lasting analysis must be viewed through a fresh framework that allows for the often unexpected episodes and outcomes in US-Latin American relations. Crandall's book examines the policies of three post-Cold War presidential administrations (Bush Sr., Clinton, and Bush Jr.) through the prism of three critical areas: democracy, economics, and security. Crandall then introduces several case studies of US policy in Latin America, such as Cuba, Brazil, interventions in Haiti, Colombia, Hugo Chavez's Venezuela, Mexico, and Argentina's financial meltdown.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 278 pages
  • 155 x 231 x 18mm | 390g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1 Maps; 16 Halftones, unspecified
  • 0521717957
  • 9780521717953
  • 1,682,654

Table of contents

1. Conceptual; 2. Presidential administrations: Bush Sr., Clinton, and Bush Jr.; 3. Democracy; 4. Security; 5. Economics; 6. Washington, the IMF, and financial meltdowns in Latin America; 7. Colombia: the narcotization of US policy; 8. Blowback: the drug war in Bolivia; 9. The United States vs. Hugo Chavez; 10. The United States vs. Daniel Ortega; 11. Brazil: ally or rival?; 12. Castro and Cuba; 13. The Haitian dilemma; 14. Mexico; 15. Conclusion.
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Review quote

'... a well-rounded work that addresses some of the most important elements of current US policy towards Latin America ... Students of US-Latin American relations, as well as policy makers in Washington, will greatly appreciate this work.' Political Studies Review
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About Russell Crandall

Russell Crandall is currently Associate Professor of Politics at Davidson College and a fellow at the Center for American Progress. He has also served as the director for the Western Hemisphere at the National Security Council, special assistant for counter-terrorism to the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and advisor for Latin American security to the assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. He is the author of Gunboat Democracy: U.S. Interventions in the Dominican Republic, Grenada, and Panama (2006) and Driven by Drugs: U.S. Policy Toward Colombia (2002).
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