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Paraguay and the United States: Distant Allies (The United States and the Americas)

Mora, Frank O.; Cooney, Jerry W.

Verlag: University of Georgia Press, 2007
ISBN 10: 0820329320 / ISBN 13: 9780820329321
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Titel: Paraguay and the United States: Distant ...

Verlag: University of Georgia Press

Erscheinungsdatum: 2007

Einband: Soft cover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "This well-researched and clearly written work is a welcome addition to the literature of U.S.-Latin American relations. Although national interests often caused the governments in Asuncin and Washington, D.C., to clash, their common interests in commercial matters, as well as regional and hemispheric security, prompted them to work together toward similar objectives."--Thomas M. Leonard, coeditor of Latin America during World War II. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0820329320

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Inhaltsangabe: Ranging from the 1840s through the early twenty-first century, this study of the two countries' shared political, economic, and cultural histories fills significant gaps in our understanding of Paraguayan-U.S. relations. Frank O. Mora and Jerry W. Cooney tell how an initially rocky beginning between the two countries, marked by diplomatic posturing, shows of military force, and failed business schemes, gave way to a calmer period during which the United States backed Paraguay's territorial claims against its neighbors, prospects grew brighter for American entrepreneurs, and Paraguay embraced Pan Americanism.

It was not until the 1930s, however, that the two countries engaged in earnest as the United States attempted to mediate the Chaco War between Paraguay and Bolivia. Then, as the authors write, "hemispheric solidarity in World War II, the Cold War in Latin America, the 'balance of power' among states in the Río de la Plata, and the question of U.S. support for, or aid to, Latin American dictators" became matters of mutual interest.

The dictatorship of Alfredo Stroessner (1954-89) spanned much of this era, with a shared attitude of realpolitik typifying U.S.-Paraguayan relations. Post-Stroessner, the United States has stood by Paraguay during its transition to democracy, despite lingering concerns about such issues as drug trafficking and intellectual piracy. The countries should grow closer with time, the authors conclude, if Paraguay resists the continent's leftward political shift and remains a solid partner in U.S. antiterror initiatives in South America.

Über den Autor: Frank O. Mora is a professor of national security strategy at the National War College, National Defense University. His books include Latin American Foreign Policy. Jerry W. Cooney is a professor of history emeritus at the University of Louisville. His books include Campo y frontera: El Paraguay al fin de la era colonial.

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