Accession Number : ADA186702

Title :   Central America: A Strategic Imperative.

Descriptive Note : Research rept.,

Corporate Author : AIR WAR COLL MAXWELL AFB AL

Personal Author(s) : Yoste, Florian H , III

PDF Url : ADA186702

Report Date : Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 66

Abstract : Important U.S. political, economic and military interests converge in Central America and the Caribbean Basin. The stability and security of these areas are therefore essential to U.S. security interests, not only in this region, but worldwide as well. The countries of Central America are developing countries. They have extensive socioeconomic problems and some countries are politically unstable. In recent years there has been a decline in U.S. involvement and an increased involvement of foreign communist countries, primarily the USSR and Cuba. The conditions in Central America are favorable for revolution, and with increased communist involvement, the expansion of communism onto the mainland of the Western Hemisphere is highly probable. This study examines these problems and makes specific recommendations to curb communist expansion, stabilize the area, and improve relations between the United States and the countries of Central America.

Descriptors :   *CENTRAL AMERICA, *INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, BASINS(GEOGRAPHIC), WEST INDIES, COMMUNISM, DEVELOPING NATIONS, ECONOMICS, SOCIOLOGY, USSR, EXPANSION, CUBA, COMMUNIST COUNTRIES, UNITED STATES, INTERNATIONAL POLITICS, FOREIGN

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE