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Sandi Leaman United States-Latin American Relations Dr. Allison March 28, 2008 Paper Option 3: Sharing the same hemisphere of the world in no way provides that countries within that region share the same attitudes, culture, resources, economy, and most importantly, implemented governments. Coinciding effectively with government includes a country’s governmental policies. When considering the Western hemisphere, a unique, distinct relationship between the United States and Latin America has existed since the creation of the U.S. constitution. During the final years of the Cold War, the fear of the spread of communism had finally begun to dwindle. The primary focus of the United States was no longer aimed on opposite sides of the world, but protecting their own national interest within their own hemisphere. Some of the most profound impacts regarding policies between the United States and Latin American regions, particularly concerning the promotion of human rights and democracy, in which took place during the administrations of presidents Carter, Reagan, Bush, and Clinton. While the United States regarded Soviet-Cuban expansion in the region as the major threat, the Latin Americans were more fearful of the growth of the United States' influence in the hemisphere. Exemplified by the Soviet-Cuban crisis, it was becoming appallingly clear to many Latin Americans that the United States was advantageously pursing policies that reflected U.S. interests economically and politically. People in Latin America were in distress after years of oppression, abuse, and poverty; and the United States was partially enabling these hardships in the name of democracy. The four administrative roles of Carter, Reagan, and Bush all confer on the same U.S. interests
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including national security, human rights, democracy, and economic development, but differ greatly in the prioritization and policies regarding these interests. In the wake of the Red scare, many inhumane and corrupt forms of governments in Latin America were
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