U.S.-Latin American Relations / Edition 4

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Since the third edition was published in 1996, there have been significant developments in this key strategic and economic relationship. Kryzanek builds on the text and themes of previous editions and further examines the ties between the United States and the nations of Latin America. These ties reveal new opportunities, challenges, and tensions. During the second term of President Bill Clinton and now in the Bush presidency, hemispheric relations have been centered on issues of trade, investment, and resource development. The impact of globalization on the region was only beginning to be felt when the third edition of the text went to print, but now it is clear that the rules and demands of a globalized economy have changed the face of Latin America. Numerous areas of public policy that are critical ingredients to the national interests of both the United States and Latin America, such as immigration, drug smuggling, gang violence, leftist revolution, cultural transformations, and regional security continue to test the relationships between the United States and Latin American governments.

Because this text has in the past concentrated on the foreign policy process within the United States government, the proposed new edition will not only update this process but add discussion of new participants in the shaping and implementation of policies toward Latin America. For example, there will be an accent on the growing role of Hispanics within the United States in pressuring for changes in United States policy in a number of areas. Institutionally, there will be new discussion of the role that the Department of Homeland Security plays in United States-Latin American relations, particularly with respect to border and anti-terrorism issues. Key chapters will be reformulated in order to show how the United States makes policy toward Latin America and how the Latin Americans respond to policy initiatives. Presenting how policy is made toward the region is an essential pathway toward understanding how this relationship has evolved and why there have been both successes and failures between the United States and the countries of Latin America.

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"…[T]he election of Hugo Chavez in Venezuela in 1998 and his consolidation of power since then (especially after a failed 2002 coup abetted by the United States); the election of left-leaning populists in Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Paraguay; and the development of the new trade relationship between Latin America and Asia have posed challenges for the United States in what it used to consider its 'back yard.' In this well-written, well-organized, and balanced edition, Kryzanek discusses the above issues as well as immigration from Mexico and Central America, the growing role of Hispanics the United States, and the role of the Department of Homeland Security plays in terms of trade, travel, and the lives of immigrants." - MultiCultural Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780275994532
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/30/2008
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 333
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.17 (d)

Meet the Author

MICHAEL J. KRYZANEK is a Professor of Political Science at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Pt. I The Evolution of U.S.-Latin American Relations

1 The Monroe Doctrine and the Emergence of U.S. Power 19

2 Interventionism, Cooperation, and Revolution 39

3 Castroism and the Challenge to U.S. Power 61

4 Contemporary Relations: Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush 85

Pt. II Major Participants in Latin American Policy Making

5 Governmental Participants in Latin American Policy Making 125

6 Interest Group Participants in Latin American Policy Making 163

7 External Participants in Latin American Policy Making 191

Pt. III Key Issues in U.S.-Latin American Relations

8 The Illegal Immigration Puzzle 219

9 The Leftist Challenge 241

10 Drugs, Thugs, and Terrorists-The Response of the United States 261

11 The Impact of Globalization 279

Conclusion 295

Ten Books That You Should Read About U.S.-Latin American Relations 303

Index 305

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