The purpose of this book has been to examine the internationalization of Argentina's counterinsurgency apparatus in the late 1970s and early 1980s, with attention to that South American country's involvement in the Central American conflict. Such an investigation offers new insights into a significant, albeit hardly studied, dimension of Argentina's repressive state apparatus. The book also illuminates the role of covert action, whether officially sanctioned or not, in shaping U.S. foreign policy in the hemisphere. Undoubtedly, this case of Argentina's extraterritorial activity not only provides a novel perspective of the country's repressive apparatus under military dictatorship and an account of its cooperation with the United States, but it may also offer lessons for further comparative analysis of counterrevolution, state-sponsored violence, the dynamics of surrogacy, and transnational coalitions. The book's main theses can be summarized as follows:
1. Argentina's extraterritorial operations were carried out by those elements of the authoritarian regime most directly involved in the clandestine repressive campaign of the dirty war.
The clandestine strategy adopted by the military regime contributed to increase the power and organizational autonomy of the security community. These formal and informal attributes were vital for the implementation of the extraterritorial program. State violence resources no longer needed for internal control and the annihilation of dissidents in Argentina were utilized to support