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The Good Neighbor Returns?

Thomas Tunstall Allcock

in Thomas C. Mann

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print November 2018 | ISBN: 9780813176154
Published online May 2019 | e-ISBN: 9780813176185 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813176154.003.0004
The Good Neighbor Returns?

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Chapter 3 studies Johnson’s and Mann’s handling of Latin American policy in the first full year of the new administration. Beginning with a major international crisis in the Panama Canal Zone in January, the year 1964 was a challenging one that would also see military coups in Brazil and Bolivia, Mann’s attempts to reshape Alliance bureaucracy, and former Kennedy aides continually challenging the legitimacy of Johnson’s leadership and Mann’s liberal credentials. Particular attention is given to the skillful manner in which the Panamanian crisis was resolved and the improvements in the performance of the Alliance for Progress, challenging standard interpretations of Johnson’s diplomatic abilities. The controversy of the Brazilian coup is not overlooked, with the complex relationship between the Brazilian military, the US ambassador in Brasilia, and State Department and National Security Council officials in Washington representative of the increasingly problematic and intertwined nature of security and development goals.

Keywords: Panama; Brazil coup; Mann Doctrine; Alliance for Progress; Bureaucracy; Economic nationalism

Chapter.  16335 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: International Relations

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