U.S.-Latin American Relations: Threats and Opportunities

IWP 623
Four credits

This course examines the momentous changes, positive and negative, under way in Latin America, the role of political culture in shaping the region’s political and economic life, and major security issues affecting the United States. The course aims to give the student an understanding of the sources, ramifications, and implications of the changes so as to provide lessons for policymaking.

Special Note

Students are asked to read Modern Latin America by Thomas Skidmore and Peter Smith (Oxford University Press: Oxford, 1997), available on reserve in the IWP library, prior to the first day of class.

Semester Available


Spring Semester

Principal Professor


   Roger W. Fontaine
Former Director of Latin American Affairs, National Security Council {read more}