Since the revolution in 1979, Nicaragua has faced economic dislocation, a growing debt, chronic hard currency shortages, a counter-revolutionary war, economic and diplomatic pressure from the US, and regional isolation. In spite of these challenging problems, the Sandinista leadership, maintaining a broad array of international contacts, continues
Table of Contents
Introduction -- Introduction -- Nicaraguan Foreign Policy: A Theoretical Focus -- Domestic Constraints on Foreign Policy -- Sandinism and Nicaraguan Political Structures -- Economic Realities and Constraints -- The Domestic Opposition and External Actors -- International Constraints on Foreign Policy -- US Policy Toward the Nicaraguan Revolution -- US Economic and Military Policy: Low-Intensity Attrition Warfare -- Latin America and Europe View the Revolution -- Patterns in Revolutionary Nicaragua's Foreign Policy -- Nicaraguan Military and Defense Policy -- Nicaraguan Internationalism: Principled Pragmatism and Survival -- Nicaragua's Regional Negotiating Positions -- The Sandinista Record: "No Longer a Banana Republic" -- Newspapers and Periodicals Cited
Mary B. Vanderlaan is assistant professor of political science at Hartwick College.