We use cookies to enhance your experience on our website. By continuing to use our website, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Find out more
Cover

Talons of the Eagle, 5e

Fifth Edition

Peter H. Smith and Ana Covarrubias Velasco

Publication Date - August 2021

ISBN: 9780190854843

448 pages
Paperback
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches

Retail Price to Students: $44.95

Two eminent scholars' perspective on the interaction between global trends and inter-American affairs.

Description

Topical and up to date, Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World, Fifth Edition, presents an eminent scholar's perspective on the interaction between global trends and inter-American affairs--a subject that has become crucially important in the current era. Rather than concentrating solely on U.S. policy, Peter H. Smith and Ana Covarrubias uniquely address the structural relationships between the two regions by focusing on international systems, the distribution of power, and the perception and pursuit of national interests. Throughout, this provocative text casts light on such contemporary issues as economic integration, drug trafficking, undocumented migration, and the rise of Latin America's "new left." It also analyzes Latin American reactions and responses to the U.S.--and to the rest of the world--in these complex and troubling times.

New to this Edition

  • Bringing the narrative up to date (to 2020)
  • Addition of a new chapter on the Donald Trump era, comparing his administration with that of Andrés Manuel López Obrador in Mexico
  • Increased attention to Mexican foreign policy and to relations with the U.S.

Features

  • Discusses conceptual distinction between "hard" and "soft" power
  • Analyzes Latin American responses to the U.S. and the rest of the world
  • Considers U.S.-Latin American relations beyond sole focus on U.S. foreign policy
  • Addresses complex and timely issues such as immigration and drug trafficking

About the Author(s)

Peter H. Smith is distinguished professor emeritus of political science and Latin American studies at the University of California, San Diego. He was educated at Harvard and Columbia. His works have been translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, and Chinese. In 2013 he received a lifetime achievement award from the Latin American Studies Association.

Ana Covarrubias is professor and vice-president for international academic affairs at El Colegio de México. She obtained her D.Phil in international relations from Oxford University. Her research interests include Mexican foreign policy, including relations with Cuba, regional integration, and human rights. Her most recent book is the coedited Fundamentos internos y externos de la política exterior de México (2020).

Table of Contents

    CONTENTS


    Preface
    Introduction: Global Politics and U.S.-Latin American Relations

    PART I: The Imperial Era
    1. The European Game
    2. The Gospel of Democracy
    3. Latin America: Responses to Imperialism
    4. Mr. Roosevelt's Neighborhood
    PART II: The Cold War
    5. Closing Ranks
    6. Making Friends
    7. Crushing Enemies
    8. Latin America: Fighting the Cold War
    PART III: Globalization and War
    9. Hegemony and Geoeconomics
    10. Latin America: Playing the Geoeconomic Game
    11. Post 9/11: The War on Terror
    12. Latin America: Seizing Opportunities
    PART IV:
    THE UNITED STATES AND MEXICO
    13. Dilemmas of Immigration
    14. Drug Trafficking, Drug Wars
    15. Tales of Two Presidents

    Retrospect: Structure and Change in U.S.-Latin American Relations
    Epilogue
    A Guide to Further Reading