This perceptive book critically explores why the United States continues to pursue failed policies in Latin America. Leading scholars explain how policies intended to promote the rule of law instead generate corruption and institutional crisis, why policies seeking to promote democratization and stabilization instead generate populist authoritarianism and destabilization, and why the war on drugs and the war on terror have neither reduced narcotics trafficking nor increased citizen security in the region. Reviewing official policy and its defenders and critics alike, this indispensable book focuses on the reasons for the failure of U.S. policies and their disastrous significance for both Latin America and the United States.
Brian Loveman is professor of political science and the Fred J. Hansen Chair for Peace Studies at San Diego State University.
Chapter 1: U.S. Security Policies in Latin America and the Andean Region, 1990-2006 Chapter 2: Plan Colombia and the Regional Andean Initiative: Lights and Shadows Chapter 3: Regional Security Policy and U.S.-Venezuelan Relations Chapter 4: U.S. Andean Policy, the Colombian Conflict, and Security in Ecuador Chapter 5: A "Medicine of Death"? U.S. Policy and Political Disarray in Bolivia, 1985-2006 Chapter 6: U.S. Policy toward Peru: At Odds for Twenty Years Chapter 7: Brazil, Andean Security, and U.S. Regional Security Policy Chapter 8: The European Union and Security and Defense Policy in the Andean Region Chapter 9: After Iraq: Next Colombia? The United States and (In)Security in South America