Brian Loveman, one of the foremost scholars on Latin American military and security issues, has joined with nine colleagues (seven of them from the Andean region) to produce a devastating critique of recent U.S. policy in the Andean republics. His central concern is to analyze the effects of U.S. policy makers’ insistence on continuing a security-driven (counterdrug or counterterrorism) approach to the region that has not worked in the past and shows little prospect of being successful in the future.

His extensive introductory chapter meticulously documents the major statements of key policy actors and illustrates how Washington’s bureaucratic politics operates, focusing on the degree to which the Department of Defense and the security establishment have come to dominate the formation of policy toward Latin America in general and the Andean countries in particular. He attributes the U.S. government’s pursuit of a failed policy...

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