For more than half a century, Washington has tried to steer the politics of Bolivia, including U.S.-backed military coups in the 1960s and a harsh dose of neo-liberal economics in the 1980s. Now, Washington faces a rapidly transforming country that is determined to chart its own course.
History professor and author Sinclair Thomson traces the troubled U.S.-Bolivian relations from the Eisenhower administration and the revolutionary government of Victor Paz Estenssoro to the current tensions between president Evo Morales and the Bush administration when Morales threw out the U.S. ambassador.
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Thomson also discusses the prospects of less contentious relations with the Obama administration.
Thomson is an Associate Professor at New York University’s Department of History. He is the author of We Alone Will Rule: Native Andean Politics in the Age of Insurgency (2003) and co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics (2007).
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