Accession Number : ADA498133


Title :   Americas First: Shared Visions and Shared Threats


Descriptive Note : Strategy Research Project


Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA


Personal Author(s) : Fritz, Shawn D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a498133.pdf


Report Date : 25 Mar 2008


Pagination or Media Count : 36


Abstract : Pursuit of U.S. interests in Latin America and the Caribbean has frequently resulted in suboptimal outcomes for both parties. Prosecution of the long Cold War and Drug War in the region, when the U.S. too hastily or austerely transitioned from a military focus back to diplomatic, informational or economic ones, has empowered leaders who serve the interests of neither country well. Assuming that the War on Terror will be another long war, that illicit drug traffic from Latin America and the Caribbean will continue, and that increasingly violent criminal activity is expanding, the U.S. has a new opportunity and a compelling need to avoid the usual poor outcomes. The key to future success resides in the ability of both sides to identify and focus on shared national interests. The increasingly comprehensive current bilateral U.S.-Colombia and U.S.-Mexico relationships offer an example of a promising way ahead.


Descriptors :   *TRAFFICABILITY , *LATIN AMERICA , *COLD WAR , LONG RANGE(TIME) , SHARING , TERRORISM , SOUTH AMERICA , CRIMINOLOGY , CENTRAL AMERICA , CARIBBEAN SEA , THREATS , NATIONAL SECURITY , FOREIGN POLICY , DRUGS


Subject Categories : Unconventional Warfare


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE