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The United States and the Americas : a twenty-first century view
Fishlow, Albert.
First edition.
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New York : W.W. Norton & Co., [1999]

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253 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
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"The American Assembly, Columbia University."
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Canada and Mexico are our first and second largest trading partners. We sell more to Brazil than to China, more to Chile than to India. Venezuela is our number-one energy supplier. We are committed to establishing a Free Trade Area of the Americas by 2005. But the relationship goes well beyond economics. We are inextricably and increasingly linked politically by immigration, drug policy, environment, human rights issues, and regional security. This volume offers a vision of hemispheric relations for the twenty-first century that corresponds to that reality.

Author Notes

Albert Fishlow is the Paul A. Volcker Fellow for International Economics at the Council on Foreign Relations.
James Jones is a former ambassador to Mexico.

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The foreign policy of the U.S. has traditionally had a European orientation. More recently, some scholars have suggested the U.S. should concentrate more on relations with the emerging nations of the Pacific Rim. However, in this area of globalization and free-trade zones, it is our fellow Americans in the Western Hemisphere who are likely to have the greatest effect upon our daily lives. Canada and Mexico are our two largest trading partners, our largest supplier of imported oil is Venezuela, and we are further linked to other American nations by a myriad of other strands, including immigration, drug policy, and hopes for the strengthening of democratic institutions. This selection of essays by a variety of scholars runs the gamut of key issues facing the hemisphere, with particular emphasis on economic relations between the U.S. and Latin America. Some of the essays are pedantic, but others are timely, readable, and vitally important to all citizens of the Americas. --Jay Freeman

Table of Contents

Daniel A. SharpAlbert FishlowMario Baeza and Sidney WeintraubGary C. Hufbauer and Jeffrey J. Schott and Barbara R. KotschwarNancy Birdsall and Nora Lustig and Lesley O'ConnellAbraham F. LowenthalJorge I. Dominguez and Susan Kaufman PurcellPeter H. SmithAlbert Fishlow
Prefacep. 9
1 The Western Hemisphere Relation: Quo Vadis?p. 15
2 Economic and Political Constants/Changes in Latin Americap. 36
3 U.S. Interests in Free Trade in the Americasp. 58
4 The United States and the Social Challenge in Latin America: The New Agenda Needs New Instrumentsp. 79
5 United States-Latin American Relations at the Century's Turn: Managing the "Intermestic" Agendap. 109
6 Political Evolution in the Hemispherep. 137
7 Trouble Ahead? Prospects for U.S. Relations with Latin Americap. 174
8 The Foreign Policy Challenge for the United Statesp. 197
Declaration of Santiagop. 207
Bibliographyp. 215
Final Report of the Ninety-Fourth American Assemblyp. 217
About The American Assemblyp. 235
Indexp. 239