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Spring 2011-2012
* LAS 318 / WWS 498 / POL 471   na, npdf

Passive Aggressive Diplomacy: US-Latin American Relations

Ricardo V. Luna

This seminar surveys US-Latin American diplomatic relations. The focus will be on old or recurrent historical myths and disparate perspectives on the nature of hemispheric links. Key Cold War crises will be reviewed, specially as they affect the present. Topics covered: The Clinton, Bush, and Obama administrations' approaches to democracy, security, and economic policies; and new issues in relation to the larger emerging countries (Mexico and Brazil) and Andean governance in the context of the current crisis of globalization and evolving crosscurrents of power in the international system.

Sample reading list:
Lester Langley, America in the Americas
Peter H.Smith, Talons of the Eagle
Lars Schoultz, Beneath the United States
Russell Crandall, The United States and Latin America After the Cold War
Lawrence Harrison, The Pan-American Dream
Grace Livingstone, America's Back Yard
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
Reading will be approximately 150 pages per week, from the suggested texts and assigned packets. Students will be expected to submit a research essay on a major issue in hemispheric relations and a shorter mid-term paper on a topic to be covered in seminar discussions. Carlos Rangel's "The Latin Americans" has an interesting Latin bias on the topic.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 25%
Paper in lieu of Final - 35%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 20%

Other information:
Students will also give a short presentation on a book report or policy recommendation paper. The analyses and class participation should be "multidisciplinary" and seek to aid and/or elucidate both US and Latin American attitudes. Ricardo Luna is a former Peruvian Ambassador to the US, UK, and UN.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43270 S01 01:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Aaron Burr Hall   216   Enrolled:22 Limit:25