A Foreign Development Assistance Strategy for Latin America
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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For the past forty years, the United States has used foreign assistance as a powerful instrument to lead the Free World in the effort to contain the spread of communism and to underwrite the growth of democracy. Our foreign assistance strategy has changed many times through the years to reflect changed U.S. security interests and priorities and as we prepare to enter the next century, we need to reassess our national goals and priorities in light of emerging short-and long-term threats. The increasingly serious problems in Latin America threaten to destabilize the security of this hemisphere if not checked. Population explosion and failing economies eventually will bring social and political turmoil on a unimaginable scale. Powerful drug cartels distort the democratic process and growth of a number of Latin American countries today. More significantly, they supply the narcotics that poison our own society. Not since the Alliance for Progress, has the United States affirmed that its long- term interests were closely linked to the stability and growth of that region. This paper suggests that we must renew our efforts to support national development in Latin America and proposes adopting a revitalized foreign development assistance strategy that includes an expanded role for the U.S. military in that effort. It examines the process of national development, argues the significant need for increased U.S. military efforts in the region. Finally, it recommends some key elements to consider when formulating a national foreign development assistance strategy.
- Government and Political Science
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics