Washington, Somoza and the Sandinistas: Stage and Regime in US Policy toward Nicaragua 1969-1981

Washington, Somoza and the Sandinistas: Stage and Regime in US Policy toward Nicaragua 1969-1981

by Morris H. Morley
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521450810

ISBN-13: 9780521450812

Pub. Date: 02/25/1994

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This study of U.S. policy toward Nicaragua during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter presidencies reveals the fundamental importance Washington placed on preserving state institutions in Latin America while adopting a much more flexible approach regarding support for elected regimes or dictatorial rulers. The Carter White House decision to dump a longstanding ally, Somoza,

Overview

This study of U.S. policy toward Nicaragua during the Nixon, Ford, and Carter presidencies reveals the fundamental importance Washington placed on preserving state institutions in Latin America while adopting a much more flexible approach regarding support for elected regimes or dictatorial rulers. The Carter White House decision to dump a longstanding ally, Somoza, and support a regime change was triggered by the appearance of a mass-based social movement led by radical nationalist guerrillas posing a challenge to both the dictatorial regime and, more importantly, the state structure that underpinned it. This book is based on the extensive use of personal interviews and recently declassified U.S. government documents. Among its distinctive features is the emphasis on the pivotal role Washington played in contributing to the long-term survival of the Somoza dictatorship. It is the first detailed study, based on original research, of Nixon and Ford policy toward Nicaragua, and it contains the most detailed discussion of U.S. policy toward Nicaragua during the early period of Sandinista rule.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521450812
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/25/1994
Pages:
455
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: permament and transitory interests in US foreign policy; 2. Washington and the Somoza dynasty: from consolidation to crisis of a client dictatorship; 3. Supporting Somoza: substance and symbol in American policy during the Nixon-Ford era; 4. The Carter administration and Nicaragua: human rights and the politics of accommodation; 5. The Carter administration and Nicaragua: mediation and the politics of frustration; 6. Washington ruptures an historic relationship: dumping the dictator to save the state; 7. The Carter administration and revolutionary Nicaragua: containing Sandinista power; 8. Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography.

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