The United States and Latin America After the Cold War


The United States and Latin America after the Cold War examines the twenty years of relations between the United States and Latin America since the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. An academic and recent high-level U.S. policymaker, Russell Crandall argues that any lasting analysis must be viewed through a fresh framework that allows for the often unexpected episodes and outcomes in U.S.–Latin American relations. Crandall’s book examines the policies of three post–Cold War presidential administrations (Bush Sr., Clinton, and Bush Jr.) through the prism of three critical areas: democracy, economics, and security. Crandall then introduces several case studies of U.S. policy in Latin America, such as Cuba, Brazil, interventions in Haiti, Colombia, Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, Mexico, and Argentina’s financial meltdown.





North American publisher: Cambridge University Press

Foreign rights: Cambridge University Press, Cordelia Hamilton (

Film rights: Gillian MacKenzie (


“A young political scientist, Crandall has advised both the Bush administration and the Obama campaign, and he brings a clear-eyed, even-handed realism to his wide survey of the main bilateral relationships and functional issues (democracy, trade, drugs) that have dominated inter-American relations during the past two decades...the balance of theory, description, case studies, and well-chosen illustrations will serve students well. Incoming policymakers seeking concise, informed evaluations of the pressing issues in inter-American relations can also benefit from Crandall's contribution.”—Richard Feinberg, Foreign Affairs