The CIA in Latin America: History, Culture, Rebellion

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The CIA in Latin America: History, Culture, Rebellion

Since its establishment in the early post-war years, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has run controversial operations on a global scale, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean.

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Since its establishment in the early post-war years, the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has run controversial operations on a global scale, particularly in Latin America and the Caribbean. Phillip Agee, a key CIA defector after his postings in Mexico, Uruguay and Ecuador (1959-1969), first exposed its operations in the region and links to foreign capital in his CIA Diary (1975). It sold a million copies in its first months; an official ban in much of Latin America only ensured mass underground circulation.


Among recent studies, the bilingual posthumous book The CIA in Latin America reveals more. Through the lens of critical history, this forum will focus on the nexus between CIA activity in Latin America and on a global scale, including the complex link between culture, capital and empire. How have the national security state and state terror been normalised? How have Latin American youth responded? What do art and culture have to say?