A Faustian Bargain: U.S. Intervention in the Nicaraguan Elections and American Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War Era

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Westview Press, 1992 - Political Science - 310 pages
A penetrating analysis of the controversial U.S. role in the 1990 Nicaraguan elections - the most closely monitored in history - this book exposes the intervention in the electoral process of a sovereign nation by the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of State, the National Endowment for Democracy, and private U.S.-based organizations.
Robinson begins by tracing the evolution of U.S. foreign policy in recent decades and reviewing U.S.-Nicaraguan relations since the Carter administration. He then describes specific aspects of the "electoral intervention project," bringing to light the clandestine activities of U.S. officials. Finally, he examines the implications of such an undertaking for U.S. foreign policy and for social change in the Third World in the post-cold war era, arguing that it is a dangerous harbinger of a new interventionism conducted under the pretext of promoting democracy.
Drawing on an extensive array of confidential documents and on interviews with representatives from U.S. and foreign government agencies, private organizations, and anti-Sandinista groups in Nicaragua, the author offers a chilling account of a foreign policy venture that was at the very least duplicitous and quite possibly illegal as well.

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Contents

The New Intervention
7
Nicaragua from Carter to Reagan to Bush
27
Creating a Political Opposition
47
Copyright

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William I. Robinson received his Ph.D. in Sociology and M.A. in Latin American Studies at the University of New Mexico, and B.A. in Journalism (major) and International Studies (minor) at Friends World College, Huntington, N.Y., including four years of study in Kenya, Nigeria and Costa Rica as an undergraduate. He is currently an Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Global Studies, and Latin American and Iberian Studies, University of California at Santa Barbara. He has authored numerous books on globalization, including A Theory of Global Capitalism: Production, Class and State in a Transnational World Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004; Transnational Conflicts: Central America, Social Change and Globalization London: Verso, 2003; Promoting Polyarchy: Globalization, U.S. Intervention, and Hegemony Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996; A Faustian Bargain: U.S. Intervention in the Nicaraguan Elections and American Foreign Policy In the Post Cold War Era Boulder: Westview Press, 1992, and David and Goliath: The U.S. War Against Nicaragua New York: Monthly Review Press, with Kent Norsworthy (also published by Zed Press, London), 1987. He has also contributed to a number of books and journals on globalization.

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