Anniversary Essay: Democracy Versus Democracy

September 25, 2007

In late April, 1965, some 20,000 U.S. marines stormed the beaches of Santo Domingo in a successful attempt to crush a nationalist rebellion. That invasion, in the context of a spreading Indochinese war and a history of U.S. intervention in Latin America, sparked the formation of the North American Congress on Latin America. It also serves as a good lens through which to chart the course of democracy as discourse and practice in Latin America over the past 30 years.

Tags: democracy, reflection, US influence, civil society, military rule

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