This book presents a penetrating analysis of the controversial U.S. intervention in the 1990 Nicaraguan elections. It examines the implications of an undertaking for U.S. foreign policy and for social change in the Third World in the post-cold war era.
Introduction: The International Significance of Nicaragua 1. The New Intervention 2. Nicaragua from Carter to Reagan to Bush 3. Creating a Political Opposition 4. Consolidating a "Civic Opposition Front" 5. The International Network 6. The CIA, Public Relations, Secret Relations, and Multiple Money Pots 7. The Contras and the Economy: The Making of a Faustian Bargain 8. The Future: "Low-Intensity" Democracies? 9. Postscript: Postelectoral U.S. Intervention