Eduardo Santos and the Good Neighbor, 1938-1942

Eduardo Santos and the Good Neighbor, 1938-1942

Eduardo Santos and the Good Neighbor, 1938-1942

Eduardo Santos and the Good Neighbor, 1938-1942

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In the period since World War II, relations between Colombia and the United States have been always close and almost always cordial. During the late forties and the early and middle fifties, friction arose over the status of Protestants, including United States Protestant missionaries, within Colombia. More recently, the declining coffee price has become a sore point. Yet on the broader world scene Colombia has been a resolute ally of the United States against the Communist bloc (or blocs). She was the one Latin American nation to send a contingent to fight with the United Nations in Korea and was the first Latin American nation to receive Peace Corps volunteers. The greatest portion of her foreign trade has consistently been conducted with the United States, and the atmosphere has on the whole been favorable for American private investment. Nor have generally good relations existed only at the level of government policy. Although popular anti-Americanism could always be found, it has been less strident than in many Latin American countries.

Things have not, of course, invariably been so. In the immediate aftermath of the loss of Panama, relations at both official and unofficial levels between Colombia and the United States were the very opposite of cordial, and Colombia's strict neutrality--with pro-

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