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NtFutureofIARels2000 [Last edited 12-2-08] This file contains some notes from the assigned articles in: Jorge I. Domínguez, The Future of Inter-American Relations (NY: Routledge, 2000). Part I. Risks of Violence, Hopes for Peace J.I. Domínguez, “The Future of Inter-American Relations: States, Challenges, and Likely Responses,” 3-34. Excellent intro survey of the book and its key questions, written to show debates or different perspectives, esp to show how the US has traditionally had a unilateral approach to LA (e.g., J.Q. Adams and George Kennan) but that the post-Cold War experience is introducing an impt dose of multilateralism. Writing before GWB became US president, Domínguez is quite optimistic about prospects for enduring multilateralism. Domínguez’s hypothesis: “I argue that LA, the Carib, and the US matter to each other. I forecast that both financial instability and significant levels of interstate and intrastate violence are likely to recur throughout the first decade of the twenty-first century for reasons already evident in the 1990s. Assymetrical power remains central …. Multilateralism has become the ‘equilibrium solution’ to shared inter-American problems in finance, trade, intl security, the defense and promotion of dem, crime control, and even migration. there are theoretical and practical reasons for the visible shift in favor of regionalist multilateralism. “The chapter concludes by a consideration of the construction and strengthening of inter-Am civil society…. I argue that in the early 1990s the US —across presidential administrations of different political parties— committed itself in actual practice to join LA and Carib countries to defend dem insts throughout the Americas. This is a major change from the policy predisposition so well articulated by George Kennan .” 5-6 [However , in the post-9-11 era , and with GWB as a president whose administration argued and thought unilaterally , will the US be willing to put resources into bolstering dem insts and economies in LA? Remember NtFutureofIARels2000 , p. 1
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how different GWB is from his father , who was a true internationalist. GWB told Bob Woodward he didn’t want to be like his father; he wanted to be like Ronald Reagan. And he abandoned his promise that the 21 st century would be the “century of the Americas.”]
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