Important Publishing Event FOR LATIN AMERICA: COHA Senior Research Fellows Morris Morley and Chris McGillion publish book on Reagan and Pinochet

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“Reagan and Pinochet The Struggle over U.S. Policy Toward Chile”

Morris Morley is an associate professor of politics and international relations at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, and a Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

Chris McGillion teaches in the journalism program at Charles Sturt University in Bathurst, Australia, and is a Senior Research Fellow at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.

This book is the first comprehensive study of the Reagan administration’s policy toward the military dictatorship of General Augusto Pinochet in Chile (1973-1990). It is based on new primary as well as archival materials, along with original interviews with former U.S. and Chilean officials. The study traces the evolution of Reagan policy from Washington’s initial ‘close embrace’ of the ruling junta through a period of increasing skepticism about whether the Santiago regime represented a significant risk to long-term U.S. interests in Chile, and finally the acceptance in Washington of the need to push for a return to civilian rule and democracy in that country. The study provides fresh insights into the bureaucratic conflicts that were often a key part of the Reagan decision-making process, and reveals not only the successes but also the limits of U.S. influence on the Pinochet’s regime. The hard-hitting analysis makes no small contribution to the ongoing debate over the U.S. approach toward the State Department’s democracy promotional efforts in the Third World over the past half century.

Reagan and Pinochet

Available from February 28, 2015

Available from Cambridge University Press and Amazon

Price begins at $30.26 USD.

Morris Morley is Associate Professor of Politics and International Relations, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. A specialist on United States-Latin American Relations, he is the author of Imperial State and Revolution: The United States and Cuba, 1952-1986 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987) and Washington, Somoza and the Sandinistas: State and Regime in U.S. Policy toward Nicaragua, 1969-1981 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994; and the co-author of U.S. Hegemony Under Siege: Class, Politics and Development in Latin America (London: Verso, 1990), Latin America in the Time of Cholera: Electoral Politics, Market Economics, and Permanent Crisis (New York: Routledge, 1992)

Chris McGillion is a Senior Lecturer in Journalism at Charles Sturt University, Bathurst, Australia. He holds a Master of Arts (Honours) from the University of Sydney and is currently undertaking a PhD in agricultural communication at ANU focusing on East Timor. He is the author of The Chosen Ones: The politics of salvation in the Anglican Church (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2005) and the editor of A Long Way From Rome: Why the Australian Catholic Church is in crisis (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, 2003)

Morris Morley and Chris McGillion have co-authored the following: “Disobedient’ generals and the politics of redemocratisation: The Clinton administration and Haiti”, in Demestrios James Caraley (ed.), The New American Interventionism (New York: Columbia University Press, 1999), Unfinished Business: America and Cuba after the Cold War, 1989-2001 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2002), and “Soldiering On: The Reagan Administration and Redemocratisation in Chile, 1983-1986,” Bulletin of Latin American Research (UK, 2005: Vol 25, No 1). They have co-edited Cuba, the United States and the Post-Cold War World (Gainesville: University of Florida Press, 2005.

They are both Senior Research Fellows at the Council on Hemispheric Affairs.