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Close Neighbors, Distant Friends: United States-Central American Relations
Close Neighbors, Distant Friends: United States-Central American Relations
By John H. Findling
Greenwood Press, 1987, 240 pp

This is a scholarly journey back into time, into earlier eras of Central American relations with the United States. But the purpose is more than merely academic, since the author concludes that the many legacies of the past make it very difficult for the U.S. to function as an effective arbiter of present crises. "Any settlement that will lead to the United States becoming a close neighbor and a close friend to all the people of Central America will probably have to be done by others." There are no specific policy recommendations, but there is a hint of praise for a posture of "official, benign neglect."