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Teaching Module: Friendly Fire: Losing Friends and Making Enemies in the Anti-American Century

Author: Julia E. Sweig, Nelson and David Rockefeller Senior Fellow for Latin America Studies and Director for Latin America Studies
March 2006

In 1945, the United States was the founding impulse behind the cornerstones of the international community: the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, and the United Nations. At that time, American ideals were perceived to coincide with American actions, intended to expand social, legal, and economic protections around the world. Sixty years later, “Anti-America” has spread into a global phenomenon, crossing borders, classes, ideologies, religions, and generations.

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America quietly sowed the seeds of its own decline in the eyes of the world in its own backyard. In Latin America, under the guise of...