Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Hemisphere: The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina

Magazine article Foreign Affairs

Recent Books: Western Hemisphere: The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina

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The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy Toward Argentina BY WILLIAM MICHAEL SCHMIDLI. Cornell University Press, 2013, 272 pp. $39.95.

As U.S. President Jimmy Carter entered the White House in 1977, determined to restore purposeful idealism to U.S. foreign policy, a brutal military dictatorship in Argentina was systematically torturing and murdering thousands of suspected leftists. In his fast-paced, engrossing account, Schmidli chronicles the fierce internal struggles within the White House and the State Department, where political appointees dedicated to transforming Carter's idealism into concrete policies battled career diplomats accustomed to maintain- ing cordial relations with anticommunist regimes such as Argentina's. Schmidli concludes that, despite subsequent policy vacillations, the United States extracted some important concessions from the Argentine junta, saving many lives. …

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