Images and Intervention: U.S. Policies in Latin America (Pitt Latin American Series)

Images and Intervention: U.S. Policies in Latin America (Pitt Latin American Series)

by Martha L. Cottam
     
 

ISBN-10: 0822955261

ISBN-13: 9780822955269

Pub. Date: 01/01/1994

Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press

Cottam explains the patterns of U.S. intervention in Latin America by focusing on the cognitive images that have dominated policy makers' world views, influenced the procession of information, and informed strategies and tactics.  She employs a number of case studies of intervention and analyzes decision-making patterns from the early years of the cold war in

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Cottam explains the patterns of U.S. intervention in Latin America by focusing on the cognitive images that have dominated policy makers' world views, influenced the procession of information, and informed strategies and tactics.  She employs a number of case studies of intervention and analyzes decision-making patterns from the early years of the cold war in Guatemala and Cuba to the post-cold-war policies in Panama and the war on drugs in Peru.  Using two particular images-the enemy and the dependent-Cottam explores why U.S. policy makers have been predisposed to intervene in Latin America when they have perceived an enemy (the Soviet Union) interacting with a dependent (a Latin American country), and why these images led to perceptions that continued to dominate policy into the post-cold-war era. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822955269
Publisher:
University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date:
01/01/1994
Series:
Pitt Latin American Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction3
1Images, Strategies, and Tactics14
2The Cold War Comes to Latin America: Intervention in Guatemala and Cuba36
3What Difference Does an Enemy Make? Overthrow Versus Sanctions in Chile and Peru54
4Cracks in the Cold War Worldview71
5The Last Gasp of the Cold War: Reagan and Bush in Central America117
6The New World Order: Intervention in Post-Cold War Latin America141
Conclusion: No Matter How Much Things Change...178
Appendix187
Notes193
Bibliography211
Index221

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