U.S. Policy in Latin America – Spring 2019

Course Number: PUBPOL 590-04, LATAMER 590-04, POLSCI 690-2-04

Course Time: Tuesdays 4:40 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.

Course Description: 

To the extent possible, this course will examine the major elements of U.S. policy toward the hemisphere as expressed in the planning documents, policy pronouncements and legislation of the U.S. government.  We will attempt to answer the question: what were U.S. policymakers hoping to accomplish in the region and what did they, in fact, achieve? The course will also introduce students to the interagency process and the range of departments, agencies, and offices with an influence on policy formulation and implementation in the Western Hemisphere.  Finally, the course will examine in some detail key policy prescriptions: the formula for economic modernization know as “the Washington Consensus,” Plan Colombia and the War on Drugs, the Summit of the Americas process, and efforts to achieve hemispheric free trade, including the Trump administration’s decision to force a renegotiation of NAFTA.  The course will also consider the significance of the Obama Administration’s decision to restore relations with Cuba and the much-discussed “pivot to Asia.”

Patrick DuddyFaculty Biography:

Patrick Duddy, a Visiting Senior Lecturer at Duke University, was one of the Department of State’s most senior Latin American specialists with exceptionally broad experience in trade, energy, public affairs, and crisis management. From 2007 to 2010 he served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela for both President Bush and President Obama. Prior to this, Ambassador Duddy served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (DAS) for the Western Hemisphere, responsible for the Office of Economic Policy and Summit Coordination, which included the hemispheric energy portfolio, as well for the Offices of Brazil/ Southern Cone Affairs and of Caribbean Affairs. During his tenure as DAS, he played a lead role in coordinating U.S. support for the restoration of democracy in Haiti.

 

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