Latin American Security Challenges: A Collaborative Inquiry from North and South (Newport Paper)

Latin American Security Challenges: A Collaborative Inquiry from North and South (Newport Paper) by Paul D. Taylor, Naval War College Press (U.S.) epub pdf fb2

Title: Latin American Security Challenges: A Collaborative Inquiry from North and South (Newport Paper)
Author: Paul D. Taylor, Naval War College Press (U.S.)
ISBN10: 0160769035
ISBN13: 978-0160769030
Publisher: Dept. of the Navy (August 31, 2006)
Language: English
Subcategory: Politics & Government
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Latin American Security Challenges: A Collaborative Inquiry from North and South (Newport Paper) by Paul D. Taylor, Naval War College Press (U.S.)


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Sometimes lost in the deluge of attention devoted to national security challenges in the Middle East and Asia is the importance of America’s own backyard, the countries and waters of Latin America and the Caribbean. Even as the United States combats terrorists and their state supporters in the greater Middle East, and even as long-range planners cast wary eyes on the growing power of China, American strategists cannot and should not neglect the threats or challenges closer to home. After all, as this volume and others point out, Latin America is a key economic partner, both a market for American products and a source of many of the goods North Americans have come to take for granted. Moreover, the distance between the two regions is not great; inevitably crises and festering problems in Latin America lead to such problems in the United States as illegal immigration. Conversely, the American struggles against al-Qa‘ida and other transnational threats may bring unwanted attention to places like the tri-border region as terrorists transit or seek refuge. Newport Paper 21, Latin American Security Challenges: A Collaborative Inquiry from North and South, helps reopen the door to serious analyses of the relationship between Latin American national security issues and American strategic interests. The monograph consists of an introduction and conclusion and three substantive essays analyzing specific issues facing Latin America. The first builds upon the concepts of failed states and borderless regions to suggest how criminals and perhaps terrorists can find refuge and perhaps support in localities outside the control of states. The second essay provides a solid introduction to the interconnection of economic behavior and the national security threats facing both Latin American governments and the United States. The final essay speculates on the interest of China in the region, with particular attention to the potential roles played by immigration and Chinese ownership of firms charged with operation of both access ports to the Panama Canal. It is our hope that this work will help reinvigorate sound thinking about U.S. policies toward Latin America and encourage closer cooperation between strategists and scholars in both regions. Such cooperation would provide real benefits to the national security communities and military establishments in the United States and many critical Latin American countries.

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