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Introduction to National Security
“The historical developments and international security within Latin-america”
Table of Contents
1 Summary 1
2 Introduction 1
3 Latin America and the U.S. (Ahead of the 20th Century) 2
4 Latin America and the U.S. (During the 20th Century) 3
5 Latin America and the U.S. (In the 21st Century) 5
6 Mexico 7
7 Conclusion 8
Appendix A: Notes A
This document shall focus on the historical and current developments as it relates to the international security of Latin America.
There is an incredible amount of history between the United States (U.S.) and Latin America. Nowhere were U.S. interests more sizeable and interventions more frequent than in Latin America. This was especially true in and around the Caribbean Sea, where the U.S. had several reasons for its interests and interventions.
U.S. relationship with Latin America has been a roller coaster since the Civil War. Many issues that are currently affecting Latin America today are closely related, in one way or another, to our National Security and Foreign Policies of the past and present.
The United States is closely allied with Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) through shared values, culture, trade and proximity. Each economic downturn experienced by our neighbors, each setback to peace and democracy, each disaster or epidemic can have an immediate impact on the region’s stability and can also affect the U.S.
[i]The bases of U.S.—Latin America relations are changing rapidly. The U.S. dominance of the western hemisphere was a fallacy. Since the early nineteenth century, the primary interest of the U.S. in Latin America has been to have peaceful southern partner.