In This Review

The Alliance For Progress: A Retrospective
The Alliance For Progress: A Retrospective
Edited by L. Ronald Scheman
Praeger, 1988, 304 pp.

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.