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Understanding the US hand in rolling back Latin America's Pink Tide.

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If you look at the wars, the coups, the myriad forms of intervention - and there's a lot - in Latin America, it's not driven really by the corporations. Sometimes they're involved, but really its the empire. The United States is an empire, and that's what they're trying to preserve. They do it because it's a game of chess to them, and the pawns are important. You want to get every country that you can to line up with US foreign policy.

Economist Mark Weisbrot examines US influence in the rightward shift in Latin American politics across the 21st century - from the deeply entrenched power of the US foreign policy establishment, to the re-ordering of Latin American governments into political clients supporting the maintenance of the US's hemispheric empire.

Mark wrote the essay A Note about “Our Backyard”: Advice that Thomas Shannon Might Give to Mike Pompeo for CEPR.

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Mark Weisbrot is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research.

 

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