PG 381

United States - Latin American Relations

Despite their geographical proximity the United States and Latin America have long been distant neighbors. This course explores this complex and often contentious relationship by studying the major theoretical models that attempt to explain past and present U.S. and Latin American policy toward each other. It focuses on key issues (such as the U.S. response to the rise of the anti-globalization left, the debate over free trade, the U.S.-led war on drugs, and the often heated polemic regarding immigration), examines bilateral relationships between the U.S. and specific Latin American countries (e.g., Cuba, Mexico, and Venezuela), and explores how domestic U.S. and Latin American politics help shape those relationships.

Prerequisites: PG 102, 103, or LAS 100.