Trump, the Neoconservatives and US Policy towards Latin America

The Trump administration represents a break with the foreign policy of previous Republican governments. What does that mean for Latin America?

Seminar with Jesus Velasco, Tarleton State University.


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Neoconservatives have been the main architects of American foreign policy in the Republican Party since the early 1980s. They played a significant role in designing — and often implementing — US foreign policy during the Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush administration.  Since his presidential campaign, Donald Trump rejected neoconservative principles promoting a sort of isolations-populist foreign policy. The Trump perspective has generated considerable conflicts with the neoconservatives, and his international perspective is having a significant impact on US-Latin American relations.


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Jesus Velasco is the Joe and Teresa Long Endowed Chair in Social Sciences at Tarleton State University and non Resident Fellow of the Mexican Center at Rice University. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Sciences at UT Austin. After graduation, Velasco worked for many years at the Center for Teaching and Research in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. He was the Chairman of the Division of International Studies at CIDE from 1998 to 2001. He is a former visiting scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center, at the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard University and the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies also at Harvard.

Velasco is the author of three books:

  • With Rodolfo de la Garza: "Bridging the Border: Transforming Mexico-US Relation", Boulder, Rowman and Littlefield, 1997
  • "Neoconservatives in US Foreign Policy Under Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush: Voices Behind the Throne". Baltimore, Johns Hopkins University Press and The Wilson Center, 2010 (the book was recently published in 2016 in Spanish by El Fondo de Cultura Economica)
  • "Foreign Views of the United States and of the 2016 Presidential election", forthcoming, Lexington Books, Spring 2018.

    Currently, he is writing a book on the relationship between the Mexican government and American Transnational Intellectuals from 1920 to 2006.
Published Nov. 27, 2017 10:58 AM - Last modified Nov. 27, 2017 3:24 PM