As the impact of globalization on the region becomes more pronounced, the interconnected economies of the United States and Latin America have revealed new opportunities as well as political challenges. Today, it is clear that the rules and demands of a globalized economy have changed the face of Latin America. Yet, 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 transformation, and regional security continue to test the relationships between the United States and Latin American governments. Policies dating back to President Bill Clinton's second term and continued under the George W. Bush administration have centered on issues of trade, investment, and resource development and accelerated both growth and tension in the region.
In this fourth edition of his book, Kryzanek discusses new participants in the shaping and implementation of policies toward Latin America, for example, the growing role of Hispanics within the United States in pressuring for changes in U.S. policy in a number of areas. There is also discussion of the role the Department of Homeland Security plays in U.S.-Latin American relations, particularly with respect to border and anti-terrorism issues. As U.S.-Latin American Relations demonstrates, understanding the way in which policy is made toward Latin America is essential to understanding how this relationship has evolved, and why there have been both successes and failures.
About the Author:
Michael J. Kryzanek is Professor of Political Science at Bridgewater State College inMassachusetts
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About the Author
Michael J. Kryzanek is a Professor of Political Science at Bridgewater State College in Massachusetts.
Table of Contents
The Evolution of U.S.-Latin American Relations
The Monroe Doctrine and the Emergence of U.S. Power 19
Interventionism, Cooperation, and Revolution 39
Castroism and the Challenge to U.S. Power 61
Contemporary Relations: Reagan, Bush, Clinton, and Bush 85
Major Participants in Latin American Policy Making
Governmental Participants in Latin American Policy Making 125
Interest Group Participants in Latin American Policy Making 163
External Participants in Latin American Policy Making 191
Key Issues in U.S.-Latin American Relations
The Illegal Immigration Puzzle 219
The Leftist Challenge 241
Drugs, Thugs, and Terrorists-The Response of the United States 261
The Impact of Globalization 279
Ten Books That You Should Read About U.S.-Latin American Relations 303
What People are Saying About This
"Michael Kryzanek has written a wonderful book on U.S.-Latin American relations. Well written, well organized, fair, and balanced, this book surveys the history of hemispheric relations, the major actors involved, and today's hot issues: drugs, immigration, and globalization. It should be the main text in every course on inter-American relations."
"This thoroughly updated edition should be welcomed by all who teach Latin American politics or US-Latin American relations. While he has maintained the strengths of previous editions, Kryzanek provides provocative discussions of current issues, especially immigration, globalization, and the so-called Pink Tide. The book provides a great deal of information without burying the reader extraneous details, thereby making it pedagogically very useful indeed."