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Robert G. Moser, Chair BAT 2.116, Mailcode A1800, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-5121

Fall 2005

GOV 337M • International Politics of Latin America

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
37665 MWF
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
MEZ B0.306

Course Description

Course number may be repeated for credit when the topics vary. How do the strong treat the weak, and how do the weak deal with the strong? Have the underdeveloped countries of Latin America been more the beneficiaries of international assistance and support or the victims of political domination and economic exploitation by advanced industrialized countries, especially the U.S.? What are the opportunities and constraints that the international political and economic system creates for Latin American countries, and how do these countries try to enhance their political autonomy and economic development? How have these opportunities and constraints changed after the end of the Cold War, and how has the rise of a number of new issues-such as human rights, immigration, drugs, and environmental protection-affected U.S.-Latin American relations over the course of the last decade? The course addresses these questions through a wide-ranging overview of the international politics of Latin America. We will focus on the role of the most important external actor in the region, namely the United States: Why has the U.S. intervened so frequently and forcefully in Latin American countries? Are these interventions justified? Have they attained their goals? Have they helped Latin American nations or hindered their development? The course will also analyze economic issues, especially the activities of transnational corporations and the debt crisis. Finally, we will assess the future of Latin America's international position after the end of the Cold War. We will explore the gamut of new issues that both Latin America and the U.S. have to deal with at this moment, such as the drug traffic, migration, and environmental problems.

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