Lowenthal, Abraham F.
April 1970
Foreign Affairs;Apr1970, Vol. 48 Issue 3, p494
This article comments on the attempts of U.S President Richard Nixon to revise the foreign policies of the country towards Latin America in the 1970s. Overall U.S. policy toward Latin America in the early 1960s can be conveniently discussed in terms of the key premises of the Alliance for Progress. Not all of these tenets were accepted by every architect of the Alliance, but taken together they represent a fair summary of the opinions shared by those who shaped Washington's pronouncements and practices during the Kennedy years. Hence, it was widely believed that Cuba represented the advance base of a Soviet threat to U.S. interests in the hemisphere, and that the Soviet Union would seek other such bases. Cuba was thought to pose a potentially grave security threat to the U.S., directly because of its links with the international communist movement and indirectly because of its support for subversive groups elsewhere in Latin America. Thus, the country feared that discontent was growing fast in Latin America, especially in the burgeoning cities and among campesinos and workers, and that radical political movements would gain strength. As well, it was expected that Cuba's example might soon be followed elsewhere in the hemisphere.


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