Latin America: Farewell from the Wise Men

To make the Alliance for Progress more than a one-way street for American aid, its 20 members appointed a panel of nine Latin American economists to study the best manner of achieving mutual interdependent development. Trouble was that the "nine wise men" lacked any real power; so a more influential Inter-American Committee (CIAP) was created. Last March in Buenos Aires, the Alliance voted to trim the nine wise men to five, and put them under CIAP as a technical committee. Last week the whole nine-man panel resigned, firing broadsides at the Alliance as they went.


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