Latin American Nations in World Politics / Edition 2

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Overview


When the first edition of Latin American Nations in World Politics was published in 1984, it was the only book to undertake the study of Latin American foreign policy seriously and to place Latin American international affairs within a broader, global framework, both geopolitically and academically. The transition to democracy only hoped for at that time has now become a reality in every country in the hemisphere except Cuba. Many countries have also undertaken dramatic economic restructuring that impels them to participate more actively in world markets. More significantly, the end of the cold war has irrevocably altered the place of Latin American nations in the global community.This new edition, completely rewritten, offers an up-to-date analysis of the foreign policies of the major countries in the region, evaluating the impact of changes in the global community on the hemisphere and on individual states. As in the first edition, there is a combination of theoretical reflection and empirical description, and each case study treats similar issues, inviting comparative analysis. Many of the contributors are now senior scholars or key actors in the formulation and execution of foreign policy in their own countries. Together they bring seasoned, wide-ranging, and mature perspectives to the complex issues the region faces and at the close of the twentieth century.

"Second edition of excellent multiauthored textbook (first ed. 1984) emphasizes themes and foreign policy theory, and addresses most individual Latin American and Caribbean States. Inclusion of otherwise good chapter on the USSR's relations seems incongruous"--Handbook of Latin American Studies, v. 57.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813308739
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1996
  • Series: Foreign Relations of the Third World Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 0.65 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Meet the Author


Heraldo Muñoz is the Chilean ambassador to Brazil. Joseph S. Tulchin is director of the Latin American Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Washington, D.C.
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Table of Contents

The Dominant Themes in Latin American Foreign Relations: An Introduction 1
1 Collective Action for Democracy in the Americas 17
2 Understanding Latin American Foreign Policies 35
3 Politics, Bureaucracy, and Foreign Policy in Chile 61
4 Cuba Adapts to a Brave New World 81
5 Central America and the United States 105
6 The Fate of a Small State: Ecuador in Foreign Affairs 129
7 Mexican Foreign Policy in the 1990s: Learning to Live with Interdependence 149
8 Continuity and Change in Argentine Foreign Policy 165
9 The Foreign Policy of Brazil: From the Democratic Transition to Its Consolidation 197
10 Postplantation Societies and World Order: Some Reflections on the Caribbean Predicament 225
11 Soviet Union-Latin American Relations: A Historical Perspective 237
About the Contributors 263
About the Book 267
Index 269
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