Can You Spare a DIME? The Full Range of Foreign Policy Tools in Latin America

Sovereignty is one of the most enduring concepts in international relations. Since the Peace of Westphalia of 1648, the concept of sovereignty has defined the political privileges of states. But when a state does things contrary to the interests of another state, the concept of sovereignty limits the tools available to change the offending behavior. In this week’s episode of Horns of a Dilemma, we learn first-hand how the available tools – often abbreviated as DIME for Diplomacy, Information, Military and Economics – were used during the last government to try to influence the authoritarian regimes in Venezuela and Cuba. Carrie Filipetti, a former State Department official responsible for American policy toward these regimes, analyzes what worked, what didn’t, and why. This event took place at the University of Texas, Austin and was co-hosted by the Clements Center and the Alexander Hamilton Society.

Image: Flickr via Cubadebate. (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) Can You Spare a DIME? The Full Range of Foreign Policy Tools in Latin America

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