Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World

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Oxford University Press, 2013 - History - 417 pages
Topical and up to date, Talons of the Eagle: Latin America, the United States, and the World, Fourth Edition, presents an eminent scholar's perspective on the interaction between global trends and inter-American affairs--a subject that has become crucially important in the current era. Rather than concentrating solely on U.S. policy, Peter H. Smith uniquely addresses the structural relationships between the two regions by focusing on international systems, the distribution of power, and the perception and pursuit of national interests. Throughout, this provocative text casts light on such contemporary issues as economic integration, drug trafficking, undocumented migration, and the rise of Latin America's "new left." It also analyzes Latin American reactions and responses to the U.S.--and to the rest of the world--in these complex and troubling times.

NEW TO THIS EDITION

* An innovative conceptual framework that reinterprets the post-9/11 period through the prism of two distinct "regimes" or "rules of the game"--one relating to geoeconomics (especially free trade), the other relating to geopolitics (specifically the War on Terror)

* Two entirely new chapters (Ch. 13: Dilemmas of Immigration, and Ch. 14: Drug Trafficking, Drug Wars)

* A sharpened distinction between "hard" and "soft" power

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Peter H. Smith is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Simón Bolívar Professor of Latin American Studies at the University of California, San Diego. A former president of the Latin American Studies Association, he is the author of more than twenty books, including Democracy in Latin
America: Political Change in Comparative Perspective, Second Edition (2011) and coauthor of Modern Latin America, Seventh Edition (2019).

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