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Somoza and RooseveltGood Neighbour Diplomacy in Nicaragua, 1933-1945$
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Andrew Crawley

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212651

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212651.001.0001

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The United States, Nicaragua, and World War II, 1939–1941

The United States, Nicaragua, and World War II, 1939–1941

(p.156) 6 The United States, Nicaragua, and World War II, 1939–1941
Somoza and Roosevelt


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This chapter discusses the declaration of neutrality by the US and the American republics as agreed upon in the Panama Meeting of Foreign Ministers. In the face of war, the policy of good neighbour and non-intervention now became a potential strategic liability. It details the chain of events in the US and Nicaragua during the war. The changing world situation demanded some shift in this approach as the diplomats and military strategists in Washington abruptly had to address a series of concerns in Nicaragua that previously would have received little or no consideration, with Somoza himself as Washington's final source of concern.

Keywords:   World War II, neutrality, strategic liability, Nicaragua, Washington, Somoza, Panama Meeting of Foreign Ministers

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