|Robert A.Pastor - 1992
U.S. foreign policy: the Caribbean Basin
Scholars of inter-American relations have devoted considerable efforts
to try to locate the motive for U.S. involvement in the internal
affairs of its neighbors. Instead of a single answer, they have amassed
a collection of explanations that range from security (keep out rivals,
maintain stability), political/ideological (promote democracy, prevent
Communism or "alien" ideologies), economic (imperialism, access to
investment or trade), to psychological (an impulse to dominate, a fear
of insecurity, misperception). A particular explanation might be cogent
for a case, but in trying to understand what moves the United States
over time, one needs to look for patterns in the history of U.S.
relations with the region.