Cover, Title Page, Copyright, Dedication, Quotation

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pp. 1-9

Contents

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

First, I would like to thank my editor at Cornell University Press, Michael Mc- Gandy. Michael showed patience, professionalism, and enthusiasm throughout the publication process. I also thank Fredrik Logevall for his invaluable encouragement and engagement in my research; ...

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pp. xiii-xiv

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Introduction: Human Rights and the Cold War

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Jimmy Carter’s victory in the 1976 presidential election was a defining moment for U.S. foreign policy. Over the previous quarter century, Cold War national security concerns had dominated U.S. relations with the developing world. It was an approach particularly evident in U.S. policy toward Latin America; ...

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1. From Counterinsurgency to State-Sanctioned Terror: Waging the Cold War in Latin America

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pp. 8-28

The 1976 Argentine coup d’état was a swift and bloodless affair. On the official television network, the Sunday afternoon soccer match was followed by an uninterrupted World War II documentary, and most Argentines were unaware that the military had arrested President Isabel Martinez de Perón until the ruling junta was firmly ensconced in power. 1 ...

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2. The “Third World War”: U.S.-Argentine Relations, 1960–1976

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pp. 29-55

Counterrevolutionary training in Argentina was well under way by the time John F. Kennedy began promoting internal security as the primary Latin American military mission in the aftermath of the Cuban Revolution. In fact, Argentine training programs for regional military officers preceded the development of similar U.S. programs focusing on counterinsurgency. ...

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3. “Human Rights Is Suddenly Chic”: The Rise of The Movement,1970–1976

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pp. 56-82

News of Olga Talamante’s kidnapping reached her parents by telephone in mid-November 1974. The call, dialed by a friend in Azul, Argentina, to the elder Talamantes’ residence in Salinas, California, was brief, the details agonizingly vague. There had been a gathering, a classic Argentine asado, a daylong barbecue held as a kind of despedida for Talamante ...

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4. “Total Immersion in All the Horrors of the World”: The Carter Administration and Human Rights, 1977–1978

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pp. 83-119

Three days after the first anniversary of the Argentine military coup against Isabel Perón, a passenger jet carrying Patricia Derian touched down on the tarmac at Ezeiza International Airport. Met by U.S. officials and ushered into an embassy car, President Carter’s newly appointed Department of State coordinator for human rights and humanitarian affairs ...

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5. On the Offensive: Human Rights in U.S.-Argentine Relations, 1978–1979

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pp. 120-155

In the fall of 1977, a tall, gregarious junior foreign service officer hailing from west Texas arrived at the U.S. Embassy in Buenos Aires. Selected to serve as the embassy’s external affairs officer, Franklin A. “Tex” Harris had attended briefings in Washington, DC, on issues such as nuclear proliferation, Argentine actions in the United Nations, ...

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6. “Tilting against Gray-Flannel Windmills”: U.S.-Argentine Relations, 1979–1980

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pp. 156-181

Patricia Derian’s frustration was palpable. “Unless things change I’ll probably resign in a few days, over a major policy disagreement,” the assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs informed the New York Times reporter Ann Crittenden in late May 1980. Having spearheaded U.S. efforts to promote human rights in Argentina for the previous three years, ...

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Conclusion: Carter, Reagan, and the Human Rights Revolution

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pp. 182-194

In the opening months of Ronald Reagan’s tenure in the White House, human rights advocates’ fear that the new administration would systematically uproot the hard-won advances to institutionalize human rights in U.S. foreign policy appeared to be borne out. Reagan’s vehement anticommunism and determination to reverse perceived Soviet advances ...

Abbreviations Used in the Notes

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pp. 195-196

Notes

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pp. 197-244

Primary Sources

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pp. 245-246

Index

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pp. 247-256