It is well known that during the Cold War, human rights abuses and dirty wars were very common in Latin America. During the Carter administration of the 1970s, human rights preservation became a U.S. foreign policy objective. Many countries committed their worst atrocities during the years in which the U.S. tried to roll back support of the human rights abuses. For example, Guatemala perpetrated what is arguably genocide of the Quiche people, El Salvador massacred its civilian population in vast numbers, and Argentina waged a very large dirty war with its populace.
While the U.S. may have tried to change its behavior under Carter, Israel, a U.S. ally, actively provided support and assisted in human rights abuses in Latin America before, during, and after the Carter administration. This presentation will explain why Israel supported the implementation of human rights abuses in Latin America, specifically in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Argentina.
Steven Robnak, ’14
St. Louis, MO
Major: Individualized: Geo Politics
Sponsor: David Yamanishi