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1 POLITICAL SCIENCE 244-LATIN AMERICAN-UNITED STATES RELATIONS Winter 2007 ROSE J. SPALDING 990 W. Fullerton Room 2102 Phone: 773-325-1983 Email: rspaldin@depaul.edu In spite of the multi-strand and long-term connections between the United States and Latin America, relations within this hemisphere have been persistently riddled with tensions. Latin American leaders have often alternated between policies that emphasize bilateral negotiation with the United States, in which they separate themselves from each other to seek a privileged relationship with the dominant power in the hemisphere, and collaborative alliances, in which they cooperate with each other to define a shared bargaining position. The division between those nations that push for greater separation from the US and those that favor closer alignment has been one of the major fault lines in hemispheric relations. In the United States, debates persist about appropriate forms of engagement with Latin American neighbors, with phases of intense interest followed by periods of “benign” (or not so benign) neglect. The challenges posed by economic integration, the legacies of the Cold War, new tensions around the “war on terrorism,” and the enduring movement of migrants from South to North all serve to deepen and complicate the connections between Latin America and the United States. The purpose of this course is to analyze the dual thrust of Latin American and U.S. relations--toward autonomy and sub-hemispheric regionalism, on the one hand, and toward hemispheric integration under U.S. leadership, on the other. Case studies in this course allow us to explore linkages between specific Latin American countries and the U.S., new forms of economic integration emerging in the Western Hemisphere, and the increasing interpenetration of Latin America and the U.S. through the large-scale movement of people and goods within the region. The first part of this course focuses on the background of Latin American-U.S. relations in the 19th and 20th centuries, and it is designed to explore arguments about the underpinnings of the relationship. The second explores three issues that shape relations today: Cuba’s fit into the hemisphere; the hemispheric free trade movement; and the debate about migration and borders. Each of these sections concludes with a debate in which the positions of competing countries/actors are juxtaposed and analyzed. READINGS
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