ECPR

Install the app

Install this application on your home screen for quick and easy access when you’re on the go.

Just tap Share then “Add to Home Screen”



Institutionalisation of Political Parties: Comparative Cases. Edited by Robert Harmel and Lars G. Svasand

The Comparative Foreign Policies of Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, and El Salvador and US Military Bases

Comparative Politics
 
Foreign Policy
 
International Relations
 
Latin America
 
Security
 
USA
 
Presenter
Sebastian Bitar
Universidad de los Andes
Authors
Sebastian Bitar
Universidad de los Andes

Abstract
In the past decade the Unites States actively pursued formal military bases in Latin America, but failed to materialize them. In 1999 El Salvador and Ecuador agreed to host U.S. Forward Operating Locations (FOL), but during the 2000s Ecuador expelled the U.S. military, Peru failed to conclude negotiations to open new bases, and Colombia concluded an agreement but failed to implement it. This paper proposes a model of “Base Politics” to explain why even when Latin American governments are willing to host U.S. bases, as in the case of Colombia and Peru, domestic political dynamics have made it impossible for governments to materialize them. The paper concludes with a discussion about the policy implications for US-Latin American relations and the importance of domestic dynamics for the study of comparative foreign policy.
Share this page
 


Back to top