The United States in El Salvador: 1979-1992 Success Through the Eyes of the Diplomats The United States in El Salvador: 1979-1992 Success Through the Eyes of the Diplomats
In order to combat the guerrilla movement, the United States structured its policy around national security to justify intervention in El Salvador. The three main points of the policy were to prevent a left-wing takeover by the communist-backed FMLN, to promote democracy by establishing free elections, and to reduce the number of human rights abuses that were rampant at the beginning of the 1980s.
The question of whether or not the United States was successful in its efforts in El Salvador was a very controversial one. Through the analysis of the perceptions and statements of the United States Ambassadors that were assigned to El Salvador between 1979 and 1992, this thesis will show that the three-pronged policy was successful. It is important to note that El Salvador still has many issues to address before it fully recovers from the civil war, but the policy of United States during its civil war was achieved.
School:Brigham Young University
School Location:USA - Utah
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:el salvador u s policy central america communism diplomacy human rights death squads ambassadors national security
Date of Publication:06/23/2003