Depression Diplomacy

Secretary of State Cordell Hull. A champion of the idea that freer economic exchange between countries would bring peace, he sponsored tariff reciprocity agreements with Latin American countries. The unintended consequence, however, was to bind these economies closer to the American economy.
The Good Neighbor Policy was among the more striking initiatives in US policy toward Latin America.  Historians debate the motives of FDR, the long-term effect of the policy, and amount of latitude the policy gave to Latin American governments. At the very least, however, the Good Neighbor Policy represented a significant change in tactics from the United States--as even Roorda, a historian quite critical of FDR's approach, concedes. Meanwhile, as the United States changed course in Latin America, it grew more active in an area traditionally outside the scope of US foreign policy--the Middle East.


bullet Hahn, United States, Great Britain, and Egypt, pp. 14-37.
bullet Eric Roorda, The Good Neighbor Next Door, sourcebook.


bullet FDR gives his interpretation of the Good Neighbor Policy, and commemorates Wilson's Latin American policy
bullet The Montevideo accords, which established the principle of non-intervention
bullet Cordell Hull at the 1936 Buenos Aires Conferences takes notice of the altered international situation