The return of the Good Neighbor: a policy for achieving U.S. objectives in Latin America through the nineties and beyond?
Jordan, Richard Leon
Tollefson, Scott D.
Bruneau, Thomas C.
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This thesis applies the "Good Neighbor" policy principles developed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt to U.S. interests in Latin America today. Good Neighbor policy principles are identified and specific goals of the policy are analyzed. These are compared to current U.S. security interests which are themselves analyzed in terms of their relevance to U.S. policy towards Latin America in the 1990s. The international climate and issues of the early 201th century are compared to today's issues and environment. It is determined that broad similarities do exist in terms of U.S policy objectives. Specific differences are also identified and the Good Neighbor policy principles are re-interpreted to account for these differences. Five options for U.S. policy towards Latin America are discussed. The thesis concludes that a policy of cooperative multi-literalism, based on revised Good Neighbor principles, is the most effective policy for achieving U.S. objectives in Latin America
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