The Alliance For Progress: A Retrospective

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The Alliance For Progress: A Retrospective

Edited by L. Ronald Scheman
Praeger, 1988
304 pp. $42.95

This volume is the product of a conference held at Georgetown University exactly 25 years after President John F. Kennedy launched the Alliance for Progress, an ambitious program of inter-American cooperation for economic development. Thirty-one authors-among them some of the principal architects of the alliance-reflect on its contributions and limitations. Although unilaterally proclaimed, conceptually flawed and troubled from the start by internal contradictions, the alliance did represent a major advance in U.S. policy toward Latin America; development planning was validated, the region's infrastructure was strengthened, and technical competence was strongly reinforced.

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