Accession Number : ADA314734

Title :   Panama and the Canal U.S. Engaging in the 21st Century.

Descriptive Note : Research rept. Aug 95-Apr 96,

Corporate Author : INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Hughes, Robert H.

PDF Url : ADA314734

Report Date : APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 39

Abstract : The decision to transfer control of the Canal to Panama is history and the transition is already in its final stages. Although this decision is now behind our nation, the important strategic question remains: Do we as a nation continue to have vital national security interests in Panama and the Canal, and are there policies we can formulate to advance these interests? I believe the answer is a resounding 'yes.' The Canal continues to have a vital role in our strategic interests not only in the stability and security of Latin America, but because of expanding trade with the emerging economic giants and international markets of the Pacific Rim, China and the Far East. It affects our global interests as well. The policy objective for our nation in Panama must be to remain effectively engaged in Panama politically, economically and diplomatically to ensure that the Canal and the Republic of Panama remain healthy during the next century. This means that the Canal must remain free and open to world trade, it must be properly maintained and modernized; and toils must be controlled at reasonable levels. Furthermore, Panama must remain democratic and economically independent.

Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), *FOREIGN POLICY, *CONTROL, *POLITICAL SCIENCE, *GOVERNMENT(FOREIGN), *TRANSFER, *STRATEGIC AREAS, *PANAMA CANAL, MILITARY HISTORY, NATIONAL SECURITY, MILITARY ASSISTANCE, RISK, ECONOMICS, THREATS, TRANSITIONS, INTERNATIONAL TRADE, TREATIES, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, TERRORISM, LATIN AMERICA, DEMOCRACY, SOCIAL WELFARE, DRUG SMUGGLING.

Subject Categories : Government and Political Science
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE