Academic journal article Military Review

Security, Democracy, and Development in U.S.-Latin American Relations

Academic journal article Military Review

Security, Democracy, and Development in U.S.-Latin American Relations

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SECURITY, DEMOCRACY, AND DEVELOPMENT IN US.-LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS. Edited by Lars Schoultz, William C. Smith and Augusto Varas. 284 pages. Transaction Publishers, New Bnswick, NJ. 1995. $22.95.

US-Latin American specialists team up with several Latin American academics to present essays on emerging national security topics within the region. This volume is one in an excellent series produced by the University of Miami's Norih-South Center. It is valuable reading for Western Hemispheric national security and strategic issues specialists. The essays' four topical areas are the changing national security environment, military-to-military relations, arms and arms control and future security regimes for the region.

The Latin American scholars' entries are strong for two reasons. They show an emerging presence of Latin American scholars who can write on admittedly sensitive defense issues via the accepted international language of national security policy studies. They also show an encouraging awareness that real security challenges exist, with a need for Latin American civilian leadership to engage frontally in the debate with regional military and police commanders. Professor Francisco Rojas Aravena of Costa Rica has a particularly strong entry on this topic.

The US contributors, especially lead author Lars Schoultz, appear to have discovered partially that there is more to Western Hemisphere security analysis than bashing US efforts to defend its backyard during the Cold War. …

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