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Understanding The Central American Crisis: Sources Of Conflict, U.S. Policy, And Options For Peace
Understanding The Central American Crisis: Sources Of Conflict, U.S. Policy, And Options For Peace
Edited by Kenneth M. Coleman and George C. Herring
Scholarly Resources, 1991, 240 pp.

The second and very considerably revised version of a symposium first published in 1985. This volume argues that, on the whole, the confrontational policies of the Reagan and Bush administrations in Central America did not achieve success, as many commentators now contend, but instead produced disastrous immediate, mid-term and long-term consequences. A useful corrective to easy complacence about the aftermath of the 1980s, but thin on implementable policy recommendations for the future.