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Variables in the Guatemalan Operational Environment That Affect Guatemalan Decision Makers Concerning Relations with the United States
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS
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This study is a historical analysis of variables that affected Guatemalan decision makers concerning their relations with the United States, during the period 1970 to 1985. Each variable is examined, based on the current body of literature, to determine their individual and cumulative effects on the reactions of Guatemalan decision makers to U.S. attempts to influence events in Guatemala. The study concludes that there have been changes in the variables that have exerted pressure on Guatemalan decision makers to improve relations with the U.S., however, the Guatemalan political structure has not changed. An understanding of the variables that have changed, and the collective pressure from the variables exerted on Guatemalan decision makers, may assist the U.S. in influencing changes to the Guatemalan political structure.
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