VI The American Peace Structure on the
Eve of World War II
The great increase in the sentiment of continental solidarity. . .is due to
precisely two facts that took place eight years ago, that is, the enunciation
of the Good Neighbor policy and the rise of Adolf Hitler to power, to
absolute power, in Germany.
RICARDO ALFARO, 1941
The Inter-American Security StructureB
Y SEPTEMBER 1, 1939, the inter-American security structure had
attained rather grandiose and bewilderingly complex proportions.
It comprised two poorly-balanced wings of unequal age and size: provisions for the organization of American peace, and provisions relating to overseas threats to American peace. It was not until 1936 that
construction was started on the second wing; until that time the
security concern of the American nations had been confined strictly to
inter-American relations. Most of the work on the first wing had also
been of rather recent date, for the great multilateral treaties, conventions, and protocols, which constituted the fundamental elements of
the American peace system, dated only from 1923. The ramifications
of the security organization can best be illustrated graphically by a
topical outline.I. Development of the inter-American security system to 1939.
|A. ||Development of peace procedures to 1923.|
|1. ||Inter-American bilateral arbitration treaties.|