It is well known that during the Cold War, the U.S. was heavily involved in the internal affairs of Latin American countries. In the late 1970s, Jimmy Carter became President and attempted to reverse American foreign policy in these countries and stop supporting the dictators who were committing human rights abuses. Many of these countries committed their worst atrocities and perfected their police states with a majority of their aid coming from neither the U.S.S.R. or the U.S.A. Israel, a U.S. ally, was heavily invested in Latin America, and it armed Argentina during the Falklands War and aided other causes that were also blatantly against U.S. foreign interest. This presentation will explain the pivotal role of Israel in Latin America during the Cold War, and why Israel was so heavily invested in Latin America and whether Israel was playing a proxy role to the United States during the Carter administration.
Steven Robnak, ’14
St. Louis, MO
Majors: Spanish, Latin American Studies, Religion
Sponsor: David Yamanishi