PSCI 266
The United States and Latin America Spring 2015
Division II
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This course examines the most important political and diplomatic divide in the Western Hemisphere. The first half is a historical survey of US-Latin American foreign relations from the early Spanish American independence movements through the end of the Cold War, with some emphasis on the latter. We consider how this history confirms or undermines influential views about US foreign relations and about international relations generally. We also compare historical US foreign policy toward the hemisphere to current policy globally. The second half covers the most important current issues in hemispheric relations: the rise of lefist governments in Latin America, economic integration, the war on drugs, immigration, and border security. At the end we reconsider current US policies, in view of the economic and political evolution of Latin America, in historical perspective.
The Class: Format: lecture/discussion, with more lecture in the first half, more discussion and several in-class debates in the second
Limit: 35
Expected: 35
Class#: 3712
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: a map quiz; a 5-page midterm paper; one 4-page policy paper; and either a second policy paper and the regular final exam, or a medium-length (10-page) research paper and an abbreviated final exam
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: INST Latin American Studies Electives
LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect
LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership
PSCI International Relations Courses

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