The United States and Latin America
Division II; Difference, Power, and Equity;
This course examines the most important political and diplomatic divide in the Western Hemisphere. The first half is a historical survey of U.S.-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 U.S. foreign relations and about international relations generally. We also compare historical U.S. foreign policy toward the hemisphere to current policy globally. The second half covers the most important current issues in hemispheric relations: the rise of leftist governments in Latin America; the war on drugs; immigration and border security; and competition with China for influence. At the end we briefly reconsider current U.S. policies, in view of the economic and political evolution of Latin America, in historical perspective.
The Class: Type: lecture/discussion, with more lecture in the first half, more discussion and several in-class debates in the second
Requirements/Evaluation: a map quiz, two short papers, a longer paper, and either another policy paper and a regular final exam, or a 10-page research paper and a short final exam
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors
Distributions: Division II; Difference, Power, and Equity;
Distribution Notes: DPE: In the paper that considers the first part of the course, the students weigh to what extent U.S. policy toward Latin America was affected by the largely derogatory attitudes of U.S. diplomats toward Latin Americans. A unit in the second part of the course critically analyzes current U.S. immigration policy in this context.
Attributes: GBST Latin American Studies Electives; LATS Countries of Origin + Transnationalism Elect; LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership; PSCI International Relations Courses