Accession Number : ADA180727

Title :   The Central American Crisis and the United States Policy Toward the Region.

Descriptive Note : Student essay,

Corporate Author : ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s) : Amador,Jose M.

Report Date : 23 MAR 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : In spite of Central American instability, some positive developments have been set mainly in the democratic order. But there are serious continuing problems which the US and the Central American countries themselves are confronting; the Soviets want to help Cuba, secure new allies in the region and weaken US influence in Central America. For the first time, the present administration has given attention to the area even though the policy is facing lack of domestic consensus and complications in its accomplishment. President Reagan's administration wants to do more than just prevent the loss of the other Central American countries; it also intends to turn back the tide in Nicaragua. It is suggested that the United States must take seriously not only looking for its interests but also the interests of the Central American countries trying to accommodate both ways, and a comprehensive US strategy with determination and consistent long-term policy and a positive commitment to Central American countries. This paper argues that the trouble in Central America is not only, essentially, the outgrowth of an East-West conflict. Nevertheless, long-term economic and security assistance provided by the US that reflects the interests, attitudes and aspirations of Central American people, could bring stability to the region.

Descriptors :   *CENTRAL AMERICA, *FOREIGN POLICY, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, CONSISTENCY, CUBA, DEMOCRACY, ECONOMICS, LONG RANGE(TIME), NICARAGUA, PERSONNEL, POLICIES, SECURITY, STABILITY, UNITED STATES

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE