The Nations: Warning Signals

THE NATIONS

Shortly before the Alianza para el Progreso was proclaimed in 1961, Thomas C. Mann, the U.S. State Department's ranking expert on Latin America, glumly compared the area to "a pile of sugar being eaten away by a fire hose." Much of the erosion has since been halted. The Alianza has made considerable progress in developing economies, while Castro has been ex posed as a bungling adventurer. The Brazilian revolution ended the drift to Communism under a feckless leftist President; Chile averted the same fate in a head-to-head election in which the...

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