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Title:
Intervention in the 1980s : U.S. foreign policy in the Third World
Author:
Schraeder, Peter J.
Publication Information:
Boulder, Colo. : L. Rienner, [1989]

©1989
Physical Description:
xix, 351 pages ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781555870706

9781555870713
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Book

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A unique blend of theory and policy-relevant case studies, this timely book offers a comprehensive, systematic, critical overview and analysis of the origins, tools and constraints of US policy in the Third World. Five themes serve as the guiding principles of the book: the over emphasis in US foreign policy on what has been called the globalist perspective; the desirability of greater emphasis on the regionalist perspective; the increasing nonviability of military force in achieving long-term US foreign policy objectives; the inability of the US to control Third World nationalsim; and the need for greater US tolerance of social change in the Third World. Discussions of US intervention in Grenada, Iran, Nicaragua, the Philippines and South Africa highlight past and current foreign policy, shortcomings and provide lessons for the future.


Summary

A unique blend of theory and policy-relevant case studies, this timely book offers a comprehensive, systematic, critical overview and analysis of the origins, tools and constraints of US policy in the Third World. Five themes serve as the guiding principles of the book: the over emphasis in US foreign policy on what has been called the globalist perspective; the desirability of greater emphasis on the regionalist perspective; the increasing nonviability of military force in achieving long-term US foreign policy objectives; the inability of the US to control Third World nationalsim; and the need for greater US tolerance of social change in the Third World. Discussions of US intervention in Grenada, Iran, Nicaragua, the Philippines and South Africa highlight past and current foreign policy, shortcomings and provide lessons for the future.


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Choice Review

A wonderful compendium for the general reader interested in US foreign policy in the Third World. The 18 authors (mostly academics) have neatly divided their labors among (1) historical perspectives on the American impulse to interventionism; (2) structural conditions (in domestic, bureaucratic, and international politics); (3) the tools of intervention (aid, sanctions, covert operations, paramilitary and direct military intervention); and (4) a number of cases from the Reagan years (Iran, Philippines, Nicaragua, Grenada, and South Africa) that illustrate the difficulties of projecting American power. Although little emerges that cannot be found elsewhere, editor Schraeder has guided his contributors well, making this an immensely useful reference work for all collections. Up to date, it brings together much of our contemporary knowledge of the Reagan foreign policy and provides useful guidance for the post-Reagan era. Well written and documented. E. M. Dew Fairfield University


Choice Review

A wonderful compendium for the general reader interested in US foreign policy in the Third World. The 18 authors (mostly academics) have neatly divided their labors among (1) historical perspectives on the American impulse to interventionism; (2) structural conditions (in domestic, bureaucratic, and international politics); (3) the tools of intervention (aid, sanctions, covert operations, paramilitary and direct military intervention); and (4) a number of cases from the Reagan years (Iran, Philippines, Nicaragua, Grenada, and South Africa) that illustrate the difficulties of projecting American power. Although little emerges that cannot be found elsewhere, editor Schraeder has guided his contributors well, making this an immensely useful reference work for all collections. Up to date, it brings together much of our contemporary knowledge of the Reagan foreign policy and provides useful guidance for the post-Reagan era. Well written and documented. E. M. Dew Fairfield University