The Effect of U.S. National Interests on Arms Transfer Decision Making in Brazil.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This thesis examines the effect of United States national interests on foreign policy toward Latin America. specifically, it concerns the decisions to transfer or deny arms to Brazil and the influence the human rights policy had on those decisions. various theories on the concept of the national interest are provided, as are citations of both U.S. and Latin American policy makers on their respective countries interests. Conditions conducive to arms transfer are described for both the United States as supplier and Latin AmericaBrazil as recipients. The status of Brazils own arms industry is described to exemplify its self-determination as affected by the desire to break away from what they perceive to be a paternalistic United States. The thesis concludes that the arms transfer relationship between Brazil and the United States is significantly influenced by U.S. national interests. Author
- Government and Political Science