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Talons of the Eagle

Latin America, the United States, and the World

Fifth Edition

Peter H. Smith and Ana Covarrubias

Publication Date - 05 August 2021

ISBN: 9780190854843

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

In Stock

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


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.


  • 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.

Ana Covarrubias is Professor and Vice-President for international academic affairs at El Colegio de México.

Table of Contents


    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:
    13. Dilemmas of Immigration
    14. Drug Trafficking, Drug Wars
    15. Tales of Two Presidents

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