Guardians Of The Other Americas / Edition 1

Guardians Of The Other Americas / Edition 1

by Russell Wilcox Ramsey

ISBN-10: 0761806377

ISBN-13: 9780761806370

Pub. Date: 12/26/1996

Publisher: University Press of America

This book is a collection of essays written or edited by the author across thirty-five years of scholarly research and teaching contact with the military forces of Latin America. The central thesis is that the region's armed forces have been an escort to modernity within a heritage of freedom that is different from that found in North America, yet equally valid

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This book is a collection of essays written or edited by the author across thirty-five years of scholarly research and teaching contact with the military forces of Latin America. The central thesis is that the region's armed forces have been an escort to modernity within a heritage of freedom that is different from that found in North America, yet equally valid within the broad Judeo-Christian context. The opening section positions Latin America in the post-Cold War era and examines the emerging national security trends in the region. Next comes a section on U.S. policy which stresses the tendency of analysts to confuse Cold War era security issues with the age of gunboat diplomacy. The third section explores the turbulent Carribean region and its entrapment in Cold War jousting between the superpowers. Next comes a long section of showing Colombia's model defense of democratic institutions against multiple challenges. The fifth section sketches European influence on Latin American military behavior. The unifying theme is that Latin America is a hybrid region featuring the values of the Englightenment in Mediterranean Europe grafted unevenly opon huge indigeneous societies. Then comes a section which evaluates the era of romantic leftist revolution during the latter half of the Cold War in Latin America. The final section contains unique coverage of U.S.-Latin American military relations. The author's thesis is that Latin America is the world's least militarized region, and that the academic world in North America and Western Europe have demonized the region's armed forces in a politicized resurrection of the Black Legend. Comprehensive bibliographic entries allow the reader freedom to judge and choose.

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Table of Contents

Quiz on Latin America
World Systems, Challenges: 1993-2025, Reserve Officers Association National Security Report1
Strategic Reading on Latin America, Review Essay4
Strategic Reading on Latin America: 1995 Update9
IIUS Policy
Review of: Eisenhower: The Foreign Policy of Anti-Communism and Latin America by Stephen G. Rabe, Chapel Hill, N.C.: University of North Carolina Press, 198815
US Strategy for Latin America17
Reading up on the Drug War, Review Essay30
Review of: Cocaine Politics: Drugs, Armies and the CIA in Central America by Peter Dale Scott and Jonathan Marshall. The University of California Press, Berkeley, CA. 199134
The U.S. Andean Counter-Narcotics Initiative35
IIICaribbean and Central America
Review of: Conflict, Peace, and Development in the Caribbean by Jorge Rodriguez Beruff, J. Peter Figueroa and J. Edward Greene, Eds. St. Martin's Press, New York, 199139
On Castro and Cuba: Rethinking the Three Gs, Review Essay40
Review of: Fidel Castro by Robert E. Quirk. New York, N.Y.: Norton Publisher, 199344
Review of: Operation ANADYR: U.S. and Soviet Generals Recount the Cuban Missile Crisis by Gen. Anatoli I. Gribkov and Gen. William Y. Smith. Edition Q Inc45
Review of: Eyeball to Eyeball: The Inside Story of the Cuban Missile Crisis by Dino A. Brugioni (New York: Random House, 1992)47
Castro's Cuba: Insular Immutability Amid Winds of Change49
Review of: The Secret War in Central America: Sandinista Assault on World Order by John Norton Moore (Frederick, MD.: University Publications of America, 1987)54
Review of: Cuba's Foreign Policy in The Middle East by Damian J. Fernandez (Boulder, Col.: Westview Press, 1988)57
Cuba and Mexico: Profiles in 199458
Review of: Cien Biografias de Militares Distinguidos by Brig. Gen. Mario Perez Torres (Mexican Government Press, 1988); and Generals in The Palacio: The Military in Modern Mexico by Roderic Ai Camp (Oxford University Press, 1992); and Cuban Leadership After Castro: Biographies of Cuba's Top Commanders by Rafael Fermoselle (U. of Miami North-South Centre, 1992)62
Invasion: A Small Step in a Long Process, Army Times, Nov. 12, 199463
Review of: Nicaragua v. United States: A Look at the Facts by Robert F. Turner (McLean, VA.: Pergamon-Brassey's, 1987)67
Review of: Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance by Michael L. Conniff, (Athens, GA.: The Univ. of Georgia Press, 1992)68
Review of: Operation Just Cause: The Storming of Panama by Thomas Donnelly, Margaret Roth and Caleb Baker, (New York: Lexington Books, 1992)69
Panama Today: The West Should Help71
The Rough Rider Legacy: SUPERCOP in Panama75
IVColumbia: A Case Model
Major General Manuel Sanmiguel Buenaventura, Colombian Army, Retired. Edited with introduction by Russell W. Ramsey. Translated from Spanish to English by Thomas Greg Bennett. Human Rights Violations in Colombia: Colombian Government and Military Perspectives81
Review of: Testimonio de una Epoca Anos Signados por el Conflicto en el que han Vivido Inmersos el Estado y la Sociedad Colombianos Bajo el Rotulo de la Violencia. [Testimony of an Epoch; Years Marked by the Conflict in Which the State and Colombian Society Have Lived Immersed under the Banner of 'The Violence'] by General Alvaro Valencia Tovar (Bogota: Editorial Planeta, 1992)102
US Narcotics Addiction Wrecks Colombian Democracy, January, 1990105
Internal Defense in the 1980s: The Colombian Model111
Janes D. Henderson. Review of: Zarpazo the Bandit: Memoirs of an Undercover Agent of the Colombian Army. By Evelio Buitrago Salazar. Edited by Russell W. Ramsey. Translated by M. Murray Lasley. University, Alabama, 1977. University of Alabama Press124
The Colombian Battalion in Korea and Suez, October, 1967125
Colombian Infantry Faces Insurgency139
VEuropean Influence
The Spanish Military Orders147
The Defeat of Admiral Vernon at Cartagena in 1741151
German Espionage in South America 1939-45169
The Third Reich's Third Front174
VIRevolution and Guerrilla Warfare
Review of: Guerrillas and Revolution in Latin America by Timothy P. Wickham-Crowley (Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey)181
Review of: Latin American Revolutionaries: Groups, Goals, Methods by Michael Radu and Vladimir Tismaneau, Foreign Policy Institute Book, (Washington D.C.: Pergamon-Brassey, 1990)182
Review of: Will It Liberate? Questions About Liberation Theology by Michael Novak (New York, NY: Paulist Press, 1986)184
Review of: Guerrillas: The Men and Women Fighting Today's Wars by John Lee Anderson (New York: Times Books, 1993)185
VIIUS-Latin American Military Relations
The Role of Latin America Armed Forces in the 1990s187
U.S. Military Courses for Latin Americans are a Low-Budget Strategic Success197
A Military Turn of Mind: Educating Latin American Officers201
Review of: Hemispheric and U.S. Policy in Latin America, August Varas, ed., (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1989)210
Training Latin American Forces214
World Needs School of the Americas224
Forty Years of Human Rights Training227
Assembly's Call to Close School of the Americas Challenged243

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