Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations: Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st Century?, 2nd Edition (Paperback) book cover

Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations

Cooperation or Conflict in the 21st Century?, 2nd Edition

Edited by Jorge I. Domínguez, Rafael Fernández de Castro


310 pages | 15 B/W Illus.

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Drawing on the research and experience of fifteen internationally recognized Latin America scholars, this insightful text presents an overview of inter-American relations during the first two decades of the twenty-first century. This unique collection identifies broad changes in the international system that have had significant effects in the Western Hemisphere, including issues of politics and economics, the securitization of U.S. foreign policy, balancing U.S. primacy, the wider impact of the world beyond the Americas, especially the rise of China, and the complexities of relationships between neighbors.

The second edition of Contemporary U.S.-Latin American Relations focuses on U.S. neighbors near and far —Mexico, Cuba, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. Each chapter addresses a country’s relations with the United States, and each considers themes that are unique to that country’s bilateral relations as well as those themes that are more general to the relations of Latin America as a whole. The book also features new chapters on transnational criminal violence, the Latino diasporas in the United States, and U.S.-Latin American migration. This cohesive and accessible volume is required reading for Latin American politics students and scholars alike.


'With contributions from some of Hemisphere's most prominent scholars, this new edition is a fitting encore, covering key contemporary issues such as the emergence of Latin America's "new left," the rise of China's regional influence, the scourge of organized crime, and the growing independence of Latin America from the United States. Every chapter combines a depth of historical context with analysis of the urgent issues of today.' - Professor William M. LeoGrande, School of Public Affairs, American University, USA

'Jorge I. Domínguez, and Rafael Fernández de Castro, together with a team of younger scholars throughout the Americas, have once again produced an up to date and incisive set of essays on the changing dynamics of US-Latin America relations in a transformed global context. This timely volume is exceptionally useful for scholars and students alike.' - Abraham F. Lowenthal, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California and Founding Director, Inter-American Dialogue.

Table of Contents

1. The Changes in the International System since 2000 Jorge I. Domínguez 2. U.S.-Mexican Relations: Coping with Domestic and International Crises Jorge I. Domínguez and Rafael Fernández de Castro 3. The United States and Cuba: Intimate Neighbors? Marifeli Pérez-Stable 4. U.S.-Argentine Relations: The Years of Cristina and Obama Roberto Russell 5. The Unsettled Nature of U.S.-Brazilian Relations Monica Hirst and Lia Baker Valls Pereira 6. Chile and the United States: A Cooperative Friendship Claudia Fuentes Julio and Francisco Rojas Aravena 7. Colombia and the United States: The Path to Strategic Partnership Cynthia J. Arnson and Arlene B. Tickner 8. U.S.-Peruvian Relations: Cooperation within the International System of the Twenty-First Century Cynthia McClintock 9. U.S.-Venezuelan Relations after Hugo Chávez: Why Normalization Has Been Impossible Javier Corrales and Carlos A. Romero 10. Latino Diasporas, Obama’s Executive Action Strategy, and U.S.-Latin American Relations David R. Ayón 11. Breaking the Vicious Cycle: Criminal Violence in U.S.-Latin American Relations Gema Santamaría 12. U.S. Immigration Policy: Politicization and Impasse Allert Brown-Gort

About the Editors

Jorge I. Domínguez is the Antonio Madero Professor for the Study of Mexico and former Vice Provost for International Affairs at Harvard University. He is a past president of the Latin American Studies Association.

Rafael Fernández de Castro has been Chair, Founder, and full-time Professor of the Department of International Studies, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), Mexico City, since 1991.

About the Series

Contemporary Inter-American Relations

Series Editor: Jorge I. Domínguez, Harvard University, USA and Rafael Fernández de Castro, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México

This series provides an overview of current U.S.-Latin American bilateral relations, covering political, economic, and security topics, as well as discussion of drug trafficking and international migration. The impact of democratization, increased economic openness, and the changed security environment after the Cold War in the region are explored in each volume, all the while engaging with each country’s particular history, resource endowment, institutional features, and leadership characteristics.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General