The US-Latin America Relationship: Past, Present, and Future

The United States’ relationship with Latin America has been and continues to be one of the most important and controversial relationships of the modern era. In the two centuries since the tide of independence swept across most of the Americas, Latin American nations and the US have cooperated, competed, and struggled. As the United States has grown into a global power over this period, its neighbors to the south have offered various responses. This course explores both sides of the US-Latin American relationship, tracing its development over time and analyzing its current challenges. Throughout the course, students will integrate US and Latin American perspectives, drawing on both primary and secondary sources. We will explore questions including: What interests and objectives shape US policy towards Latin America? What interests and objectives have shaped Latin American states’ policies towards the US? How have non-governmental actors in both the US and Latin America influenced international relations across the Western Hemisphere? We explore issues including diplomacy, travel and tourism, images and stereotypes, military intervention, economics, cultural exchange, and migration.
Discounts are available for NYU Alumni and our older adult learners. Please call 212-998-7150 to learn more and determine your eligibility.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Historical context to better understand the US-Latin American relationship
  • Tools to analyze current issues

Ideal for

  • Students new to a study of international relations and politics.
  • Students who seek to analyze current events.
  • Students interested in learning more about the Latin American history and relationship with the United States.
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