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Sandinista Nicaragua's Resistance to US Coercion

Sandinista Nicaragua's Resistance to US Coercion
Revolutionary Deterrence in Asymmetric Conflict

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  • Date Published: February 2017
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107113893

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  • How was the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) of Nicaragua able to resist the Reagan Administration's coercive efforts to rollback their revolution? Héctor Perla challenges conventional understandings of this conflict by tracing the process through which Nicaraguans, both at home and in the diaspora, defeated US aggression in a highly unequal confrontation. He argues that beyond traditional diplomatic, military, and domestic state policies a crucial element of the FSLN's defensive strategy was the mobilization of a transnational social movement to build public opposition to Reagan's policy within the United States, thus preventing further escalation of the conflict. Using a contentious politics approach, the author reveals how the extant scholarly assumptions of international relations theory have obscured some of the most consequential dynamics of the case. This is a fascinating study illustrating how supposedly powerless actors were able to constrain the policies of the most powerful nation on earth.

    • Brings together insights and theoretical perspectives from international relations with Latin American studies
    • Uses a methodological approach for addressing two important questions in international relations and social movement scholarship
    • Tells the story in an engaging way for non-specialists using interviews, archival research, declassified documents, and qualitative content analysis
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    • Date Published: February 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107113893
    • length: 260 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 158 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.49kg
    • contains: 3 b/w illus. 4 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. History of US-Nicaragua relations
    2. International relations theory, asymmetric conflicts and contentious politics
    3. Revolutionary deterrence
    4. Challenging Reagan
    5. Media framing and opposition to the use of force in US foreign policy
    6. Activating public opinion
    7. Stopping rollback: evidence of revolutionary deterrence on Congressional opposition, Reagan, and Reagan administration decision-making
    Conclusion. Scope conditions and implications of revolutionary deterrence
    Epilogue. Post-revolutionary developments.

  • Author

    Héctor Perla, Jr, University of California, Santa Cruz
    Héctor Perla is Assistant Professor for the Latin American and Latino Studies Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

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