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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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Failed Initiatives

Failed Initiatives

The New Dialogue, Cuba

(p.209) Chapter 7 Failed Initiatives
Kissinger and Latin America

Stephen G. Rabe

Cornell University Press

This chapter assesses Henry Kissinger's two notable failures in his approach to Latin America. He failed to deliver on his promise of a new multilateral relationship with Latin America. Kissinger proved amenable to discussing reforms to the international economic order but abruptly concluded that such hemispheric discussions shifted the balance of power against the United States. He also worked on a plan to break out of the diplomatic stalemate with Fidel Castro's Cuba. He reasoned that if the United States could open a relationship with the People's Republic of China, it could also do so with communist Cuba. Kissinger believed, however, that Cuba had to accept a subordinate position in the global order. Fidel Castro declined to become subservient to the United States.

Keywords:   Henry Kissinger, Latin America, multilateral relationship, international economic order, United States, Fidel Castro, Cuba

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