Latin America Confronts the United States: Asymmetry and by Tom Long

By Tom Long

Latin the USA Confronts the USA deals a brand new point of view on US-Latin the United States relatives. Drawing on learn in six nations, the publication examines how Latin American leaders may be able to conquer energy asymmetries to steer US international coverage. The ebook presents in-depth explorations of key moments in post-World warfare II inter-American relatives - overseas financial coverage sooner than the Alliance for growth, the negotiation of the Panama Canal Treaties, the growth of exchange via NAFTA, and the expansion of counternarcotics in Plan Colombia. the hot proof demanding situations previous, US-centric factors of those momentous occasions. even though variations in energy have been basic to every of those circumstances, relative weak point didn't hinder Latin American leaders from aggressively pursuing their pursuits vis-...-vis the USA. Drawing on reports of international coverage and diplomacy, the booklet examines how Latin American leaders accomplished this impact - and why they typically failed.

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71 This does not necessarily imply that the starting point is open conflict, or that its means are coercive. Influence within asymmetry takes three main forms. These will often seek to change a dominant power’s policies, though at times they may also seek to maintain a beneficial status quo. The first group of actions might be understood as restraint-seeking. These actions seek to alter the behaviors of the larger power in ways that restrict the potential for unilateral actions. Regardless of the professed intentions of a great power, weaker states are likely to fear unilateral, seemingly arbitrary actions.

77 Finally, I offer an assessment of the effectiveness of Latin American actions in the cases studied. This assessment seeks to weigh the influences above, ascertain the effectiveness of Latin American actions, and discern the conditions under 77 Though it was not a primary focus of the study, there was general support in several cases for Peter B. Evans, Harold Karan Jacobson, and Robert D. , Double-Edged Diplomacy: International Bargaining and Domestic Politics (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993).

70 After the structural confines of the Cold War, Latin American autonomy today seems prevalent, exemplified through regional organizations that exclude the United States and in the diversified economic relationships of the Southern Cone. During the Cold War, I will argue, autonomy still existed, even if at times there were harder limits on relations with the Soviet bloc. Influence is “defined as the 70 Tullo Vigevani and Gabriel Cepaluni, “A Pol´ıtica Externa de Lula da Silva: a Estrategia ´ da Autonomia Pela Diversificac¸ao,” Contexto Internacional 29, no.

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