The Geopolitics of Security in the Americas: Hemispheric Denial from Monroe to Clinton

The Geopolitics of Security in the Americas: Hemispheric Denial from Monroe to Clinton

The Geopolitics of Security in the Americas: Hemispheric Denial from Monroe to Clinton

The Geopolitics of Security in the Americas: Hemispheric Denial from Monroe to Clinton

Synopsis

Sicker focuses on the dominant position of the United States within the Western Hemisphere and the geopolitical and geostrategic factors that have helped shape its national security policies toward the region through its modern history. He also examines the problems of interstate relations within the hemisphere.

Excerpt

The writing of this book was undertaken as part of an effort begun by me more than a decade ago to explore the geopolitical factors behind the foreign policies of the major powers. An earlier work, The Strategy of Soviet Imperialism: Expansion in Eurasia (1988), focused primarily on Russia's perceived need to establish frontiers that would inhibit the repeated invasions that plagued it throughout its history. a second volume, The Bear and the Lion: Soviet Imperialism and Iran (1988), dealt with Russia's long-standing perceived need to break out of its continental confinement and gain direct access to the warm seas of the Indian Ocean. the present work directs its primary attention to the situation of the United States within the Western Hemisphere and the geopolitical and geostrategic factors that have helped shape its policies toward Latin America.

The geopolitical approach taken in this work is still controversial in U.S. academic circles because of the misuse of geopolitical analysis by Germany to justify its program of expansion that triggered World War II. Geopolitics, the relationship between geography and power politics, thus came into disrepute and is only lately emerging from the shadows as a valid approach to understanding the realpolitik of international relations. At the same time, it should be noted that geopolitical thinking and writing has prospered in South America, particularly in Argentina and Chile, where it has appar-

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