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Becoming a Good Neighbor among Dictators

The U.S. Foreign Service in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras

Authors: van den Berk, Jorrit

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  • Features a unique focus on the personal interactions between rank-and-file members of the U.S. Foreign Service and dictatorial regimes 
  • Complicates popular academic narratives of the State Department’s support for despotic regimes in Latin America by debating the extent of U.S. complicity in sustaining these regimes
  • Focuses on Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, which have been under-studied in relation to U.S.-Central American foreign policy compared to the former protectorates 
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Very few works of history, if any, delve into the daily interactions of U.S. Foreign Service members in Latin America during the era of Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor Policy. But as Jorrit van den Berk argues, the encounters between these rank-and-file diplomats and local officials reveal the complexities, procedures, intrigues, and shifting alliances that characterized the precarious balance of U.S. foreign relations with right-wing dictatorial regimes. Using accounts from twenty-two ministers and ambassadors, Becoming a Good Neighbor among Dictators is a careful, sophisticated account of how the U.S. Foreign Service implemented ever-changing State Department directives from the 1930s through the Second World War and early Cold War, and in so doing, transformed the U.S.-Central American relationship.  How did Foreign Service officers translate broad policy guidelines into local realities? Could the U.S. fight dictatorships in Europe while simultaneously collaborating with dictators in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras?  What role did diplomats play in the standoff between democratic and authoritarian forces? In investigating these questions, Van den Berk draws new conclusions about the political culture of the Foreign Service, its position between Washington policymakers and local actors, and the consequences of foreign intervention.

About the authors

Jorrit van den Berk is Assistant Professor of North American Studies at Radboud University, The Netherlands. 

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Hardcover $99.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Becoming a Good Neighbor among Dictators
Book Subtitle
The U.S. Foreign Service in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras
Authors
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-69986-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69986-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-69985-1
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-88874-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 336
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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