Notes from Peter H. Smith, TALONS OF THE EAGLE: LATIN AMERICAN, THE UNITED
STATES, AND THE WORLD, 3
ed. (Oxford UP, 2008).
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[These notes began as notes of the first ed, then got more detailed with the second ed: TALONS OF
THE EAGLE: DYNAMICS OF U.S.-LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS, 2
ed. (Oxford UP,
[Bracketed passages are notes or observations from KPE, not Peter Smith.]
[Most of chs 1-3 remain unchanged, so most of my notes here are also unchanged, except for page
This is an
, in which he
identifies a coherent logic
in the conduct of US-LA
Smith also assumes that
to understand that logic one must understand LA feelings,
attitudes, and actions, not just those of the US
The book is informed by an
, relying on work of scholars from various disciplines.
[Relate to Schoultz’s perspective.]
, written after 9-11, contains a
new system, the War on Terror
, with 3 completely
new chapters addressing it.
In his acknowledgments, he gives nice words of thanks to Scotty
Palmer and me for comments on earlier eds.
INTRODUCTION: GLOBAL POLITICS AND U.S.-LATIN AMERICAN RELATIONS.
Concepts & approaches
Imperial Era, Balance of power, 1790s-1930s
Cold War, bilateral rivalry, security the topmost interest, late 1940s-1980s
Era of Uncertainty, Post Cold War, 1980s-2001
War on Terror, 2001--
Stress role of WORLD context,
Regimes & power
(from Krasner), 3-4: A 'system' “entails tacit codes of behavior, and that these rules
can be thought of as comprising a 'regime.' .
..A regime consists of 'implicit or explicit principles,
norms, rules, and decision-making procedures around which
actors' expectations converge
given area of international relations.
"'Principles are beliefs of fact, causation, and rectitude.
"'Norms are standards of behavior defined in terms of rights and obligations.
"'Rules are specific prescriptions or proscriptions for action.
"'Decision-making procedures are prevailing practices for making and implementing collective
actors’ expectations converge, making behavior within the system predictable
Smith adapts Krasner's notion of regime
, which applies to specific and limited issue areas, such
as trade, environment, and petroleum [or drugs & immigration] to apply its characteristics
ed, notes, p. 1
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