In this book William Manger, Director of the Latin American Studies program of Georgetown University, assembles a series of papers appertaining to the Alliance for Progress presented in a Colloquium on Latin America held June 27-28, 1961.
After an introduction by Manger, the first paper was presented by Rafael Caldera, who views the Alliance for Progress as a crucial test for Christian civilization.
Roberto de Oliveira Campos, Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, then discusses the fundamental ideas, accomplishments, and problems of the Alliance.
Felipe Herrera, president of the Inter-American Development Bank, analyzes the economic aspects of the Alliance, while John P. Gillin, Dean of Social Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, inquires into its cultural values.
Arturo Morales Carrión, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs, reviews the role of the university in inter-American relations, and K. H. Silvert of Dartmouth College points to the possible contribution of the Alliance to peace, freedom, and stability in the Western Hemisphere.
Tad Szulc, prolific writer for The New York Times, contributed a somewhat sombre note to the proceedings by suggesting that the Pan American system had ceased to be the “effective and well-oiled security mechanism that it was in 1947 when the Rio de Janeiro Pact for Reciprocal Assistance was signed,” and ended his remarks by stressing the need that the system—and the Organization of American States—be revitalized.