Examines policy responses of the United States toward changes in Latin America. Discusses key principles guiding the Carter Administration's Latin America policy: (1) democratization as the key to the future of Latin America, (2) human rights as a standard upon which to determine relations with Latin American countries, and (3) reduction of the flow of arms into Latin America. An overview is given of the consequences of the application of these principles. Relations with Mexico are analyzed from a different perspective owing to Mexico's differentness from the rest of Latin America. Concludes that Carter policies have been counter-productive and that future U.S. policies toward Latin America must take into account the change in the global context of U.S.-Latin American relations.
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