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U.S. History in Latin America Helped Shape Policies Responsible for War in Iraq, Expert Says


February 22, 2007

Greg Grandin, professor of Latin American history at New York University and author of "Empire's Workshop: Latin America, the United States and the Rise of the New Imperialism,” will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Hamilton-Williams Campus Center Benes Rooms B & C.

Grandin will discuss how he believes a pre-emptive foreign policy in Latin America — including U.S. sponsorship of coups and paramilitary insurgencies — has shaped U.S. political policies over time. The road to war in Iraq, he argues, can be traced back to U.S. actions in Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s.

In addition to "Empire's Workshop,” Grandin's other books include "The Last Colonial Massacre,” published in 2004, and "The Blood of Guatemala,” published in 2000. He also has written articles for Harper's, The Nation, and The New York Times, and has served on the United Nations' truth commission investigating the Guatemalan civil war.

Grandin's lecture is co-sponsored by Ohio Wesleyan's Latin American Studies Program and its International Studies Program. The event is free and open to the public.

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