The United States, Latin America, and Europe: A Triangle of Interests
Carless, Hugh M.
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BIOGRAPHICAL NOTECarless was born in 1925 and schooled at the London University, Cambridge, and Glasgow. In World War 2 he served in the Army. In the Foreign Office he has served in Bonn, as head of the Latin American Department, as charge d'Affaires in Buenos Aires, in secondment to Northern Engineering Indistries International, and in Venezuela since June 1982. Earlier posts included Angola, Budapest, Tehran, Rio, Kabul, and in the Information Research Department specializing in Communist affairs on a global basis.SUMMARY Carless noted that a community of interest embracing democratic change surrounds the natural friends -- United States, European Community, and Latin America. But problems in Latin America frustrate this development: rapid social-economic change includes job shortages, , worst recession since 1930s, and transnational revolutionary aspirations because of uneven development. Latin American leaders do not find the Soviet model appealing but they do want to be masters at home and accepted abroad as well, just as do Soviet leaders. Note that OPEC was a Venezuelan initiative.