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Apply Exchange. Other Specifications. About the Author Howard J. The images represent actual product though color of the image and product may slightly differ. Was this information helpful to you? Yes No. Thank You for submitting your response. Customer Product Selfies. Seller Details View Store. But I still pay serious attention to Latin America and I go there periodically.
I first went to Latin America in so that means by the time this book comes out fifty years of travel to and study of Latin America. I'm able, therefore, to bring both a comparative perspective of the different countries and a considerable historical perspective over this long time period.
I'm interested, from first-hand knowledge, in how Latin America has changed, modernized, and developed, and how much it remains the same in the half-century since I've been studying it. This book consists of eight chapters. Chapter 3 focuses on El Salvador and more broadly the entire Central American region, just as that area was becoming overwhelmed by drugs, gangs, violence, and narco-traffickers.
And I thought we had largely solved Central America's fundamental problems back in the s and s when the civil wars ended, the guerrillas gave up their arms, more centrist regimes came to power, and Central America became part of the so-called "Washington Consensus. I was frankly stunned by the level of violence, crime, and overall citizen insecurity that I saw in Central America in Chapter 5 focuses on Latin America's greatest success story, Chile, the only Latin American country so far to reach developed-country status.
Chapter 6 deals with Mexico which, with appropriate qualifications, I see as providing, for good or ill—mostly the latter—the path to the future of much of Latin America. And Chapter 7 returns to where we began fifty years ago, the Dominican Republic—"my" country, in spades. In the Conclusion, Chapter 8, I offer some assessments both about the future of these individual countries and Latin America as a whole. The contrasts between these trips to Latin America, sandwiched between two trips to Asia and the Middle East, led to some additional, more general ideas about countries that are "making it" in today's globalized world, and those that are not.
The former "get it"—what it takes to be a modern, developed nation—while the latter do not. The former are forging ahead; the latter, lagging behind. The former have essentially made the decision that they want to move ahead into the modern, globalized world, while the latter are still hung up by ideology, internal struggles, and national inferiority complexes. These differences are like day and night. For purposes of this book, Chile may be seen as a paragon case, one of the countries making it in the modern world, while El Salvador is a paradigm for those countries—in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America—which are being left behind.
In today's world, that is the fundamental division. Brazil, Mexico, and the Dominican Republic are mixed cases. I started traveling to foreign countries when I was a young graduate student. I lived for most of and part of again in the Dominican Republic doing research for my doctoral dissertation which was the basis for my first published book on the Dominican revolution and U. While my first several trips abroad were all on two- or four-engine, propeller planes, the early s was the period when modern jet travel was coming into widespread use for the first time.
Jet aircraft certainly facilitated the foreign travel that I and other scholars in the fields of international relations, comparative politics, and foreign policy wanted and needed to do. With jet travel now becoming widespread, it soon became possible to be almost anywhere in the world in one day or one overnight. In and , as a still young assistant and then associate professor, I received grants from my university the University of Massachusetts to travel all around Latin America.
Adventures in Research: Volume III: A Global Traveler
We my wife and I went back to the Dominican Republic, then visited Venezuela where she had written her doctoral dissertation , Brazil my wife's home country , then Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile, Peru, and Panama. My own research and travel interests, meantime, had increasingly focused on Europe. We spent the academic year on sabbatical leave in Portugal and Spain, and traveled extensively throughout Western Europe as well as North Africa. In and I was back in Portugal as a policy adviser to the State Department on the Portuguese revolution.
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