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Kissinger and Latin AmericaIntervention, Human Rights, and Diplomacy$
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Stephen G. Rabe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781501706295

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501706295.001.0001

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Overthrowing Governments

Overthrowing Governments

Chile and Bolivia

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(p.49) Chapter 2 Overthrowing Governments
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Kissinger and Latin America
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Stephen G. Rabe

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Cornell University Press
DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501706295.003.0003

This chapter details how the first crisis for the Nixon administration came with the news that leftist Salvador Allende had captured a plurality of the vote in the September 1970 presidential election. It reviews the U.S. role in destabilizing the Allende government. The historical literature tends to give scant attention to the United States and Chile after September 11, 1973. To recount the complete story about the U.S. role in Chile demands investigating not only the war against Allende but also the myriad of ways that the Nixon and Ford administrations and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger bolstered the Pinochet dictatorship. The chapter also analyzes Kissinger's lead role in encouraging the overthrow of President Juan José Torres (1970–1971), the socialist political and military leader of Bolivia.

Keywords:   Nixon administration, Salvador Allende, Allende government, Chile, United States, Ford administration, Henry Kissinger, Pinochet dictatorship, Juan José Torres, Bolivia

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