Reform, democratization, and counter-insurgency: evaluating the US experience in Cold War-era Latin America

@article{Brands2011ReformDA,
  title={Reform, democratization, and counter-insurgency: evaluating the US experience in Cold War-era Latin America},
  author={H. Brands},
  journal={Small Wars \& Insurgencies},
  year={2011},
  volume={22},
  pages={290 - 321}
}
  • H. Brands
  • Published 2011
  • Sociology
  • Small Wars & Insurgencies
Current debate on US counter-insurgency doctrine is dominated by the notion that promoting ‘legitimacy’ and ‘good governance’ constitutes a central strategic imperative. This idea is hardly new; during the Cold War US officials often sought to encourage democratization and socio-economic reform as antidotes to revolution in Latin America. This article reviews four such cases – Venezuela during the first half of the 1960s, Guatemala throughout the 1960s, Nicaragua during the late 1970s, and El… Expand
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