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Human Rights and United States Policy Toward Latin America
By Lars Schoultz
Princeton University Press, 1981, 416 pp.
This is a long and thorough analysis, primarily descriptive, of U.S. policy-making in regard to human rights in Latin America, and the values underlying this policy. The author believes, no doubt correctly, that security policy based on anti-communism will always prevail over humanitarian values in the formulation of policy, since officials must counter perceived threats. Human rights supporters should therefore seek influence over such perceptions, arguing for a national interest in peace and stability.
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