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How did the Cold War change Latin American politics and governance? How did it affect US and Latin American relations?

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The previous educator's answer does a good job of summarizing the involvement of the United States in Latin America during the Cold War. I would like to add to it two other notable examples.

When the communist forces led by Fidel Castro successfully overthrew the military dictatorship of President Batista in 1959, Cuban-US relations quickly deteriorated. Cuba nationalized all foreign corporations in the country, and the US responded with economic and commercial restrictions and embargos. In 1961, all diplomatic relations between the two countries were severed. There was a great concern in the United States that having a communist nation and ally of the Soviet Union just off its shores was a huge threat. The Cuban government went to great lengths to limit the influence of its powerful neighbor, justifiably afraid that the United States would try to undermine its socialist programs. Relations only got worse after the failed Bay of Pigs invasion of 1961 and the Cuban Missile Crisis the...

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