By Hal Brands

For Latin the USA, the chilly warfare used to be whatever yet chilly. Nor was once it the so-called “long peace” afforded the world’s superpowers by means of their nuclear standoff. during this ebook, the 1st to take a global point of view at the postwar many years within the zone, Hal manufacturers units out to give an explanation for what precisely occurred in Latin the United States throughout the chilly warfare, and why it was once so stressful.

Tracing the tumultuous process local affairs from the overdue Forties during the early Nineteen Nineties, Latin America’s chilly warfare delves into the myriad crises and turning issues of the period—the Cuban revolution and its aftermath; the ordinary cycles of insurgency and counter-insurgency; the emergence of currents just like the nationwide defense Doctrine, liberation theology, and dependency thought; the increase and dying of a hemispheric diplomatic problem to U.S. hegemony within the Nineteen Seventies; the conflagration that engulfed primary the US from the Nicaraguan revolution onward; and the democratic and monetary reforms of the Nineteen Eighties.

most vital, the ebook chronicles those occasions in a fashion that's either multinational and multilayered, weaving the reports of a various forged of characters into an realizing of ways worldwide, local, and native affects interacted to form chilly warfare crises in Latin the USA. eventually, manufacturers exposes Latin America’s chilly conflict as no longer a unmarried clash, yet fairly a sequence of overlapping political, social, geostrategic, and ideological struggles whose repercussions may be felt to today.

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58 Memorandum of Conversation, June 30, 1963, FRUS 1961-1963, XII: Document #295; “Selections from a Press Conference on January 16, 1965,” Box 8, Chase Files, NSF, LBJL. 59 Kennedy to McNamara, October 4, 1963, DDRS; NSC Meeting, March 13, 1963, Box 314, Meetings and Memoranda, NSF, JFKL; “Address in Miami before the Inter-American Press Association,” November 18, 1963, APP; “Radio and Television Report to the American People on the Situation in the Dominican Republic,” May 2, 1965, ibid. , The Kennedys and Cuba, 74; “The Cuba Project,” February 20, 1962, Box 319, Meetings and Memoranda, NSF, JFKL.

S. policy reflected his fears. S. officials worried that the Alliance alone would be insufficient to prevent revolution. Reform would take time, and would have to be carried out amid turmoil and violence. ”47 Even if these programs were successful, they would disrupt the balance of economic and political power in Latin America, generating additional instability. S. S. policy. The first was an effort to bolster Latin America’s internal defenses. S. 49 To meet this challenge, Washington developed a wide range of counter-insurgency programs.

The first was an effort to bolster Latin America’s internal defenses. S. 49 To meet this challenge, Washington developed a wide range of counter-insurgency programs. S. Military Assistance Program kept Latin American militaries and security services well-supplied in arms, helicopters, and infra-red technology, while institutions like the School of the Americas and the Inter-American Defense College provided doctrinal and operational training. S. military missions traveled to 20 Latin American countries, supported the creation of regional defense and 45 “Report to the President on Latin American Mission”; “Summary Minutes of Meeting,” November 29, 1961, FRUS 1961-1963, XII: Document #35.

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