An annotated bibliography of the United States Marines in by Truman R Strobridge

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The failure of the renewal of the lease for Manta base in Ecuador is not, thus, only a consequence of the transformation of the international system, but mostly a consequence of the domestic political transformation of the country. Explanations of hegemony do not predict that all security relations would collapse when hegemony erodes. Instead, they suggest that new players will attempt to change the rules of the hegemonic system and will eventually lead to a rupture and replacement of the system.

Throughout the 1990s, very few governments in Latin America experimented with alternative economic regimes, and instead, liberal policies of democracy and open markets dominated the region. The leadership of the United States in economic affairs remained unshaken until the end of the nineties (Birdsall & Szekely, 2003; Williamson, 2003;). The United States and the international financial institutions in Washington provided critical assistance during the economic crises in Mexico in 1995 and in Brazil in 1998 (Herz, 2006), and Washington increased its financial support to the Inter-American Development Bank and helped channel resources from the World Bank to sustain the economic policies of Latin American governments.

However, Venezuela is not likely to maintain its aspirations to become a regional alternative to the United States. After a period of economic trouble, the fall in the price of oil in 2014 caused a major economic crisis in the country. Some observers considered Venezuelan leadership as a source of Latin American autonomy in the new century, but most of its capacity to rally the smaller countries of the region around its political agenda revolved around its capacity to subsidize oil exports to them.

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