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Much academic research in the 1980s focused on the U.S. role in supporting repressive, antiguerrilla military governments in Central America, with only a hint of Argentina's influence in the region. This important, original work clearly establishes in detail the influence of the Argentina "dirty war" strategies, their linkages to the Central American death squads and the U.S. intelligence operatives, and their consequences for human rights in the region. Armony, an Argentine who worked as a journalist in Buenos Aires and is now a Ph.D. candidate in political science at the University of Pittsburgh, illustrates the level of collaboration among these groups, the continuing influence of the Argentine intelligence community on antiguerrilla tactics (as seen in Mexico's 1994 Chiapas uprising), and their threat to emerging democratization. Highly recommended.?Roderic A. Camp, Latin American Ctr., Tulane Univ., New Orleans
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