The Passing of Pax Americana

  • Jan Knippers Black


The Reagan Administration seems now to be presiding — probably unwittingly and certainly unwillingly — like Great Britain’s Churchill some while back — over the liquidation of an empire. The vehicles of access, leverage and control that served for a decade or so to bend even the more distant and more developed Latin American countries to the will of the United States are no longer available or adequate for that purpose. Trends within and outside Latin America have converged to produce this result.


International Monetary Fund External Debt Military Regime Military Officer Reagan Administration 
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  1. 1.
    For elaboration of these themes, see Jan Knippers Black, United States Penetration of Brazil (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1977) and Sentinels of Empire: The United States and Latin American Militarism (Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1986).Google Scholar
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    Paul Y. Hammond, David J. Louscher and Michael D. Salomon, ‘Growing Dilemmas for the Management of Arms Sales’, Armed Forces and Society, Vol. 6, No. 1 (Fall 1979) pp. 1–21.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    Diego Abente, ‘Uruguay and Paraguay’, Chapter 26 in Jan Knippers Black (ed.), Latin America: Its Problems and Its Promise (Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1984) p. 459.Google Scholar
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    Robert Olds, US Undersecretary of State, quoted in Eduardo Crawley, Dictators Never Die (London: Hurst, 1979) pp. 52–3.Google Scholar

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