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The Fate of Freedom Elsewhere: Human Rights and U.S. Cold War Policy toward Argentina

William Michael Schmidli


During the first quarter-century of the Cold War, upholding human rights was rarely a priority in U.S. policy toward Latin America. Seeking to protect U.S. national security, American policymakers quietly cultivated relations with politically ambitious Latin American militaries. By the mid-1970s, however, the blossoming human rights movement in the United States posed a serious threat to the maintenance of close U.S. ties to anticommunist, right-wing military regimes. The competition between cold warriors and human rights advocates culminated in a fierce struggle to define U.S. policy during t ... More

Keywords: human rights movement, Latin America, U.S. national security, Jimmy Carter presidency, human rights violation, U.S. foreign policy, Cold War

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801451966
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801451966.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

William Michael Schmidli, author
Assistant Professor of History, Bucknell University