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America First

in Us Against Them

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780226435701
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226435725 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226435725.003.0006
America First

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This chapter examines whether ethnocentrism plays an important part in generating American indifference to the troubles suffered by those who happen to live outside U.S. borders. It analyzes three concrete instances of foreign assistance: technical and economic help to the countries of Eastern Europe struggling toward democracy after the demise of the Soviet Union, economic sanctions imposed on South Africa intended to lighten the oppressions of apartheid, and military assistance to the contras in Nicaragua in their effort to overthrow the Sandinista regime. The chapter also evaluates American opposition to foreign aid before and after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Keywords: ethnocentrism; American indifference; foreign assistance; economic help; economic sanctions; military assistance; foreign aid; September 11; terrorist attacks

Chapter.  7125 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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