The Importance Of The Good Neighbor Policy

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In 1933 Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced a new policy that would not only increase trade and strengthen U.S. influence throughout Latin America, but also took at non-interventionist position towards them. The Good Neighbor Policy marked a watershed moment in the history of USA-Latin American foreign relations because it distinguished a period of time where the United States was no longer interfering in foreign affairs directly, which ultimately increased American foreign policy within Latin America. This policy was unique due to the fact it contradicted Theodore Roosevelt’s belief of direct intervention in Latin America. By 1950 the influence of the Soviet Union throughout the America’s caused the United States to abandon their Good Neighbor …show more content…
Roosevelt administration formed the Good Neighbor Policy that lasted until 1945. With this new polity in law president Roosevelt removed all troops from the Caribbean region and renounce treaties foreign countries neglected, just like the Platt amendment. Most Latin American states hated direct control over their government so FDR realized to get more people to accept American foreign policy they have to back up a little bit. This policy not only pushed trade to help the western hemisphere recuperate from its tremendous economic fall but also created strong war allies. This policy left us to negotiate trade agreements with eleven Latin American nations. This left eighteen Latin American states that declared war on our allies and us. The difference between the Monroe Doctrine and the Good Neighbor Policy is that the Good Neighbor Policy did not allow the United States to directly intervene with foreign affairs and the Doctrine did. Another benefit to the Good neighbor Policy was the increase of American forging policy throughout Latin America. While the U.S. was labeling them as the international police force, they were implementing American foreign policy through force, which was not the most efficient way of doing so. The Good Neighbor Policy works in the complete opposite way. The United States stopped implying American forging policy with force and decided to let it happen on its own, or with the Good neighbor …show more content…
Around the start of the 1900’s the United States first started to see communism in the Soviet Union. Once they saw the upraise of communism in Latin America, like Fidel Castro, the United States dropped the new ways of the Good Neighbor Policy and picked up the old way of the Monroe Doctrine. Castro blamed all of Cuba’s problems on the United States and wanted to remove their authority from the Cuban government. The Good Neighbor Policy ceases to exist because in time it was not needed anymore. The government policy outgrew its potential and then failed. If the United States did not intervene when they did, who knows how badly things could have ended. Since the rise of communism in 1945 we have not gone back to using the Good Neighbor Policy. Once the Cold War started the United had no option but to dismiss the Good Neighbor Policy and continue on the road of intervening with Latin America foreign

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