Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance

Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance

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Panama and the United States: The Forced Alliance by Michael Conniff

After Panama assumed control of the Panama Canal in 1999, its relations with the United States became those of a friendly neighbor. In this third edition, Michael L. Conniff describes Panama’s experience as owner-operator of one of the world’s premier waterways and the United States’ adjustment to its new, smaller role. He finds that Panama has done extremely well with the canal and economic growth but still struggles to curb corruption, drug trafficking, and money laundering. Historically, Panamanians aspired to have their country become a crossroads of the world, while Americans sought to tame a vast territory and protect their trade and influence around the globe. The building of the Panama Canal (1904–14) locked the two countries in their parallel quests but failed to satisfy either fully. Drawing on a wide array of sources, Conniff considers the full range of factors—political, social, strategic, diplomatic, economic, and intellectual—that have bound the two countries together.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780820344140
Publisher: University of Georgia Press
Publication date: 12/01/2012
Series: The United States and the Americas Series
Edition description: Third Edition
Pages: 260
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Michael L. Conniff directs the Global Studies Program and is a professor of Latin American history at San José State University. He lived and worked in Panama for many years. He is the author of several books on Panama, Brazil, and Latin America.

Lester D. Langley, research professor of history emeritus at the University of Georgia, is the author or editor of a number of books on the history of United States foreign relations, including Central America: The Real Stakes, The United States and the Caribbean in the Twentieth Century (Georgia, 1985), and MexAmerica: Two Countries, One Future. He is general editor of the University of Georgia Press series of books The United States and the Americas.

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