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USLAC 11/5 Notes Peter Smith: poli sci professor and interim director of US-Mex o Wrote Talons of the Eagle read over Christmas break The longer perspective you have on an issue, the more you’ll look at patterns rather than agents and short-term actions Questioning/judging a person’s policy doesn’t imply that they’re stupid/bad, etc. Bounded rationality: ppl doing rational things within certain cultural bounds (dif from idea that ev1 is rational actor) US-LA: asymmetrical power and LA leaders have had to respond o What would you do if you were on the bottom end of an asymmetrical relationship? CUBA o Strategic location in Caribbean o Great sugar, cigars, and coffee o So crown jewel for Spanish and they tried to hold on to it as long as possible o Some in US thought Cuba would naturally ‘come’ to US; many attempts by US to acquire it Cuba would have been difficult issue b/c it was ‘slave state’ Spanish-American war mostly fought by Cubans!
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