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date: 19 June 2021

Argentina–US Relations 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia of the History of American Foreign Relations
Author(s):
Jennifer T. HoytJennifer T. Hoyt

Distance in a physical and metaphorical sense has separated Argentina and the United States, resulting in tense disagreements over security, economics, and politics. As the United States has worked to further its own idea of hemispheric development, Argentina has tried to take on a similar leadership role in the region’s destiny. The resulting competition for markets and influence has led the Southern Cone nation to deride US policies as antithetical to its own growth and sovereignty, and so it has tried to assert itself in regional and international affairs. Moments of cooperation have occurred periodically as interests and goals aligned. Argentina sought improved economic relations with the United States as European trading diminished in the early 20th century. The Cold War marked a moment of shared concern over the spread of Marxist ideology and the appearance of leftist revolutionary movements. However, these promising occasions gave way to renewed antagonisms as Argentine leaders questioned US intents, seeing the northern giant as interventionist and not truly interested in the well-being of its Latin American neighbors. This seemingly cyclical pattern of collaboration followed by discord has made an impression on the United States, which sees Argentina as rather schizophrenic and unreliable. Therefore the historical challenge has been to find balance between each party’s desire to take the lead and their divergent interests.... ...

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