Blakeley, Ruth (2006) Still Training to Torture? US Training of Latin American Military Forces. Third World Quarterly, 27 (8). pp. 1439-1461. ISSN 0143-6597.
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It is widely assumed that the School of the Americas (SOA), a US training school for Latin American military forces, advocated repression during the Cold War. To demonstrate this, previous research has tended to focus on establishing correlations between training and specific human rights abuses by individuals trained at SOA. A stronger case can be made through detailed analysis of SOA training manuals within the context of US foreign policy towards the global South. Public protest led to SOA's re-launch in 2001. Most protestors assume that this change was purely cosmetic. Based on extensive fieldwork, I argue that changes were genuine, and the School now has a commendable human rights programme. This is in contrast to most US military training, domestic and foreign, which remains secretive and devoid of adequate human rights instruction. The paper argues that a resurgence of support for repression since 9/11 undermines progress at the School.
|Uncontrolled keywords:||School of Americas, WHINSEC, foreign military training, repression, human rights|
|Subjects:||J Political Science > JZ International relations|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations|
|Depositing User:||Ruth Blakeley|
|Date Deposited:||19 Dec 2007 17:43|
|Last Modified:||16 Aug 2012 12:40|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/1401 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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