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National Security and United States Policy Toward Latin America
National Security and United States Policy Toward Latin America
By Lars Schoultz
Princeton University Press, 1987, 377 pp.

Writing with clarity and perspicacity, the author of this important study traces the sources of the current unprecedented dissension concerning U.S. Latin American policy. Specifically, the thesis is that U.S. policy toward Latin America "is largely determined by the manner in which one fact, instability, is simplified when it is perceived by U.S. policymakers; this simplification, in turn, is governed by a series of beliefs about the causes of instability and the consequences for U.S. security." A concluding chapter describes changing beliefs and realities, and questions an undiscriminating commitment to national security as counterproductive.