The United States and the Caribbean: Transforming Hegemony and Sovereignty

The United States and the Caribbean: Transforming Hegemony and Sovereignty

The United States and the Caribbean: Transforming Hegemony and Sovereignty

The United States and the Caribbean: Transforming Hegemony and Sovereignty

Synopsis

Focusing on Haiti, the Dominican Republic and Trinidad & Tobago, this text looks at the political history of the Caribbean region during the Cold War years, the region's current political economy, international security and issues of migration and crime.

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The transition from authoritarian rule to constitutional government

The continent-wide economic depression of the 1980s and the subsequent shift toward more open market-conforming economies

The end of the Cold War in Europe

The transformation of relations with the U.S.

Each of these major events and processes was an epochal change in the history of Latin America and the Caribbean. More striking is that all four changes took place within the same relatively short time, though not all four affected each and every country in the same way. They became interconnected, with change on each dimension fostering convergent changes on other dimensions. Thus, by the beginning of the new millennium, we had witnessed an important transformation and intensification in U.S.-Latin American relations.

This book is part of a series of ten books on U.S. relations with Latin American and Caribbean countries. Each of these books is focused on the fourth of the four transformations mentioned-namely, the change in U.S. relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. Our premise is that the first three transformations provide part of the explanation for the change in U.S. relations with its neighbors in the Americas and for the changes in the foreign policies of Latin American and Caribbean states. Each of the books in the series assesses the impact of the epoch-making changes upon each other.

The process of widest impact was the economic transformation. By the end of 1982, much of North America, Western Europe, and East Asia launched into an economic boom at the very time when Latin America

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