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Panama's Canal

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Soon the Panama Canal and its adjoining U.S. military bases will pass to the Panamanian state — as stipulated by the Carter-Torrijos treaties ratified some twenty-two years ago. In the intervening period, many Panamanians have had second thoughts about the withdrawal of an American presence from their country. So, indeed, have some Americans. But given the end of the cold war, the competing demands of congressional districts in the United States where bases are being closed, and the unpredictable nature of Panamanian politics, what are the costs and benefits of a residual U.S. presence?

Like all small countries in the circum-Caribbean, Panama has long cultivated a love-hate relationship with the United States. The "nationalism" that frightened the Carter administration into agreeing to surrender the canal is both fragile and artificial, reflecting the inchoate nature of Panamanian society and the enormous gulf between the country's political elites and its people. This gap has become more evident as the date for U.S. departure draws near and raises disturbing questions about the future political viability of the Panamanian state.

Panama's Canal also focuses on Panama's mismanagement of the properties it has already received from the United States and its cavalier disregard of some environmental considerations crucial to the efficient operation of the canal. The author argues that there is no turning back; the Carter-Torrijos treaties have become Panama's destiny — and our own as well. The book concludes that it would be better to consider alternative transoceanic routes seriously and allow Panamanians to find their own way.

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Declaring that we are entering a post-anti-imperialist age, a member of the American Enterprise Institute warns small countries that liberation brings responsibility. He analyzes Panama's complicated society and politics, reviews the treaties regarding the shipping canal. He also evaluates the country's co-management of the canal with the US and the canal's continuing viability, including environmental and modernizing needs.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780844740317
Author:
Falcoff, Mark
Publisher:
AEI Press
Location:
Washington, D.C. :
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
International Relations
Subject:
Central America
Subject:
Social conditions
Subject:
United States Foreign relations Panama.
Subject:
Panama Social conditions.
Subject:
International Relations - General
Subject:
Latin America - Central America
Subject:
Politics-United States Foreign Policy
Publication Date:
19980131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
168
Dimensions:
8.96x6.03x.53 in. .61 lbs.

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History and Social Science » Politics » United States » Foreign Policy
History and Social Science » US History » General
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