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"Bad Neighbor": US-Argentine Relations in the 1940s

Amelia Josephson

Title:
"Bad Neighbor": US-Argentine Relations in the 1940s
Author(s):
Josephson, Amelia
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Undergraduate theses
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History
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Abstract:
As US forces were sorting through Nazi-era archives in Berlin in 1946, they received a cable from the Undersecretary of State for Latin American Affairs, Spruille Braden. Braden had an unusual request: immediate priority was to be given to unearthing documents that proved collaboration between the Nazis and the military government of Argentina. The documents, Braden instructed, were to be compiled into a “Blue Book” and had to be ready before Argentina’s presidential elections in February of 1946, in time to embarrass Juan Perón, the heavily favored presidential candidate and Braden’s personal and diplomatic rival. The year after this request, Spruille Braden’s diplomatic career had ended and with it, some say, the country’s non-interventionist “Good Neighbor” policy for Latin America—a nonbinding pledge first articulated by Franklin Roosevelt that the US would refrain from intervention in the domestic affairs of the Latin American countries.
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Latin American history
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Suggested Citation:
Amelia Josephson, 2011, "Bad Neighbor": US-Argentine Relations in the 1940s, Columbia University Academic Commons, http://hdl.handle.net/10022/AC:P:10294.

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