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Reagan and Pinochet: The Struggle Over Us Policy Toward Chile Morris Morley

Reagan and Pinochet: The Struggle Over Us Policy Toward Chile

Morris Morley

Published December 27th 2014
ISBN : 9781316191880
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This book is the first comprehensive study of the Reagan administrations policy toward the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile. Based on new primary and archival materials, as well as on original interviews with former U.S.MoreThis book is the first comprehensive study of the Reagan administrations policy toward the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile. Based on new primary and archival materials, as well as on original interviews with former U.S. and Chilean officials, it traces the evolution of Reagan policy from an initial close embrace of the junta to a reevaluation of whether Pinochet was a risk to long-term U.S. interests in Chile and, finally, to an acceptance in Washington of the need to push for a return to democracy. It provides fresh insights into the bureaucratic conflicts that were a key part of the Reagan decision-making process and reveals not only the successes but also the limits of U.S. influence on Pinochets regime centered around the challenge of creating a viable civilian alternative that was acceptable to both the junta and Washington. Finally, it contributes to the ongoing debate about the U.S. approach toward democracy promotion in the Third World over the past half century.