Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World

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byPeter H. Smith

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Timely and topical, Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World, Fourth Edition, presents an eminent scholar's perspective on the interaction between global trends and inter-American affairs - a subject that has become crucially important in our recent history. Ratherthan concentrating solely on U.S. policy, Peter H. Smith uniquely addresses the structural relationships between the two regions by focusing on international systems, the distribution of power, and the perception and pursuit of national interests. Throughout, this provocative text casts light onsuch contemporary issues as economic integration, drug trafficking, undocumented migration, and the rise of Latin America's "new left." It also analyzes Latin American reactions and responses to the U.S. - and to the rest of the world - in these complex and troubling times.

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Timely and topical, Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World, Fourth Edition, presents an eminent scholar's perspective on the interaction between global trends and inter-American affairs - a subject that has become crucially important in our recent history. Ratherthan concentrating solely on U.S. policy, Pe...

Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simon Bolivar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. A former president of the Latin American Studies Association, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Democracy in Latin America: Political Change in Comparative...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 28, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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*=New to this EditionChapters 1-15 end with Questions for Review.PrefaceNew to This EditionAcknowledgementsIntroduction: Global Politics and U.S.-Latin American RelationsAnalytical Tools- Concepts of PowerOverviewCaveats and LimitationsI. THE IMPERIAL ERA1. The European GameEuropean Rivalry in the New WorldImperial Order: The Rules of the GameEnter the United StatesU.S. Imperialism I: Territorial Expansion- Pocketbook Diplomacy- Military Conquest- Eyes upon CubaU.S. Imperialism II: Commercial EmpireA Sphere of One's Own: The Pan-American Community- Obtaining John Bull's AcquiescenceSecuring the Caribbean- Spanish-Cuban-American War- Taking PanamaRecipe for Intervention2. The Gospel of DemocracyRoles of IdeologyThe Meanings of Manifest DestinyObstacles to Democracy- History and Character- The Problem of RaceIntervention for Democracy- Taking Sides: The Mexican Revolution- Dollar Diplomacy I: The Dominican Republic (1916-1924)- Dollar Diplomacy II: Nicaragua (1909-1925)- Dollar Diplomacy III: Haiti (1915-1934)"Promoting Democracy?3. Latin America: Responding to ImperialismOption 1: The Bolivarian DreamOption 2: External Powers- Pax Britannica?- Opposition to Pan Americanism- Hispanidad and FrancophiliaOption 3: Rivalry and Subregional Hegemony- Argentina's Manifest Destiny- God Is a BrazilianOption 4: Doctrines and DiplomacyCultures of Resistance- Mexico: War and Invasion- Cuba: Inside the Monster- Nicaragua: Origins of Sandinismo- Continental SolidarityIn Retrospect4. Mr. Roosevelt's NeighborhoodCrucibles: Nicaragua and Cuba- Nicaragua, 1927-1933- Cuba, 1929-1933The Good Neighbor Policy: Political Dimensions- Cuba, 1933-1936The Good Neighbor Policy: Economic Dimensions- Applying Leverage- Extending Assistance?The Good Neighbor Policy: Ideological DimensionsSizing Up the NeighborhoodII. THE COLD WAR5. Closing RanksUnited States as SuperpowerCold War: The Rules of the GameThe Cold War in Latin AmericaCourting DictatorsCleaning HouseThe Nixon Trip6. Making FriendsSocial Science, Ideology, and Foreign Policy- The Alliance for Progress- Forming the Alliance- Requiem for Failed ExpectationsHolding the Line: Dictators as Friends7. Crushing EnemiesIntervention in GuatemalaCuba, Castro, and the Bay of PigsThe Dominican InvasionChile: Allende OverthrownThe Seizure of GrenadaCentral America: The Contra War- El Salvador- NicaraguaOn U.S. Interventions8. Latin America: Fighting the Cold WarOption 1: The Socialist Path- Parties and Elections- Guerrilla Movements- Revolutionary StatesOption 2: The Anticommunist Crusade- Deliverance for Dictatorship- National Security Doctrines- Human Rights and the United StatesOption 3: Seeking a Third Way- A New International Economic Order?- Nonalignment and Foreign Policy- From Contadora to EsquipulasLegacies of WarIII. GLOBALIZATION AND WAR9. The 1990s: Hegemony and GeoeconomicsAftermath of the Cold War- Rearrangements of Power- Hegemony by Default?Toward a New Economic AgendaThe Washington ConsensusNorth American Free TradeFrom NAFTA to FTAA?- Summitry and SetbacksGeoeconomics: The Rules of the Game10. Latin America: Playing the Geoeconomic GameNarrowing Options- Twilight of Revolution?Forms of Economic Integration- Model 1: Trading Around- Model 2: Joining with the North- Model 3: Subregional Integration- Model 4: Hubs and SpokesThe Outside World- The European Campaign- The Asia Card- The Problem of Asymmetrical SignificanceLegacies of Neoliberal ReformProtest and Resistance- Policy Debates11. Post 9/11: The War on TerrorUnleashing War- Concurrent DevelopmentsObama's Wars- Exiting Iraq- AfghanistanWar on Terror: The Rules of the Game- Two-Level GamesGeorge Bush and Latin America- Regime Change and DemocracyObama and Latin America- Cuba (Again)- Coup in Honduras12. Latin America: Seizing OpportunitiesThe Political Context- The New Left- The Burial of FTAALatin America Divided- Mexico: Fox and Calderon- Brazil: Lula and Dilma- Venezuela: The One and Only HugoThe Rest of the World- Europe- Japan- China- Iran?Economic Growth and Change- Pulling Away from the United States?The Benefits of Inattention13. Dilemmas of Immigration *Immigration in Long-Term PerspectiveTrends in U.S. PolicyCrisis in HaitiThe Post-9/11 Environment- Immigration and National SecurityImmigration under Obama14. Drug Trafficking, Drug Wars *Production and Supply- Sources of SupplyDimensions of DemandPolicies and Wars- The Clinton Years- The Bush Era- Obama: Rhetoric or Reality?- Crisis in MexicoRetrospect: Impacts on Latin AmericaProspect: Debates over PolicyIV. REFLECTIONS15. Debating U.S. PolicyVarieties of Realism: Conservative and ProgressiveThe Relevance of Latin AmericaConfronting the Policy Process- Presidential Prerogatives- Complicating Factors I: Bureaucratic Wrangling- Complicating Factors II: Engaging the Public- Complicating Factors III: Partisan PolarizationGetting from Here to There- Back to the Future16. Overview: Structure and Change in U.S.-Latin American RelationsLooking Back: SummationLooking Back: Analysis- Explaining U.S. Policies- Understanding Latin American Responses- Differentiating Latin AmericaLooking Ahead: What Next?A Guide to Further ReadingIndex