Historically, Argentina has been one of the strongest, most independent countries of Latin America. It seems odd then, that Argentina should develop a foreign policy during the post-Cold War period characterized by a strong allegiance to the United States. However, the end of the bilateral world left the U.S. foreign policy much less focused at the same time that Argentine foreign policy became much more focused. For Argentina, domestic changes-especially economic and political instability-encouraged the government to redefine U.S.-Argentine relations from prior patterns of conflict and distrust, in order to improve the country's international image and attract foreign support. Covering two decades of history, this book seeks to explain for the first time, the reasons for the emergence of a strong friendship between the United States and Argentina. Beginning with the history of U.S.-Argentine relations up until the end of the Cold War, the text then considers changes in:
The United States and Argentina sets out to explore the nature of U.S.-Argentinean relations by concentrating on the issues, which have shaped and stood out in the dialogue between the two countries and how this shifting relationship has been played out in international institutions. This will be the fourth in our Contemporary Inter-American Relations Series.
[This book] represents an important contribution to the literature on international affairs and diplomatic history. Argentine-US relations have improved dramatically in the last ten years, yet it is not obvious why the turnaround occurred. To my knowledge, this is the first English-language book to describe the transformation and attempt to identify its domestic and international causes. The book should become a standard reference in the field.