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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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Kissinger and Friends

Kissinger and Friends

Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay

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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/9781501706295.003.0004

This chapter discusses Henry Kissinger's relationship with military dictatorships, analyzing U.S. policies toward Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay. What is evident is that the secretary of state was comfortable and loquacious in the presence of men who authorized mass murder, torture, and terrorism. His most revealing memorandums of conversations on political philosophy are with military dictators and their minions. The mayhem created by these military ideologues forced Kissinger to confront the issues of human rights and international terrorism. Kissinger's intellectual defense of military extremism, his reluctant embrace of human rights matters, and his policies toward the military dictatorships revealed fundamental tenets about his character and his concept of international relations.

Keywords:   Henry Kissinger, military dictatorships, U.S. policies, Paraguay, Brazil, Uruguay, human rights, international terrorism, military extremism, international relations

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