Seminar in Latin America: US-Latin American Relations After WWII.
Co-taught by Prof. Jorge Castañeda (NYU Distinguished Global Professor, Former Foreign Minister of Mexico) and Prof. John Coatsworth (Provost of Columbia University)
This class will be offered alternately at NYU (7 weeks) and at Columbia University (7 weeks).
Course Description: This class will be offered at NYU (7 weeks) and at Columbia University (7 weeks). The course seeks to analyze the dynamics and issues that describe relations between the United States and Latin America since the end of World War II. A complete picture of the current state of affairs in the hemisphere and the reasons that led to it require an analysis in three different – but related – dimensions. To cover the first one, the course analyzes historical benchmarks that contextualize particular overt American interventions in the region, dissecting its causes, operation and consequences. In a second dimension, the course looks at topics that have permeated the relationship between the United States and Latin America over this period. Because of their typically cross-national nature, they illustrate a different set of dynamics and concerns that have fueled tensions in the relationship. A third and final dimension concerns recent developments in Latin America that affect and have been affected by U.S. foreign policy. Their novelty suggests that these issues will remain relevant at least in the immediate future.
This course is open to all NYU graduate students, including those at professional schools (Wagner, Law, Stern, etc.)