LATIN AMERICA: Good Neighbors Again?

From the Monroe Doctrine through John Kennedy's Alliance for Progress, U.S. policy toward Latin America has been based on the assumption of a "special relationship" with the region. For their part, Latin Americans have often resented the paternalistic hegemony of "the Colossus of the North." Almost as irritating has been the U.S. habit of ignoring the Southern Hemisphere except in times of crisis. Last week the independent but influential Commission on U.S.-Latin American Relations issued a trenchant appeal for change in U.S. policy, "not because of hidden dangers, but because of latent opportunities."

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