“The Master Narrative:” United States, Chile, and the Limits of Washington’s Power in Latin America

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James Lockhart

Everyone knows that the CIA assassinated Chilean President Salvador Allende in 1973. Except that it didn’t. The story is part of a Cold War “master narrative” that persists even today. This narrative holds that everything that happens in Latin America is engineered in Washington. From the American point of view, however, the picture looks quite different. Dr. Mark Stout, Director of the MA in Global Security Studies in Washington, discusses this provocative topic with James Lockhart, a PhD Candidate in History at the University of Arizona whose work is entitled “Reimagining Chile’s Cold War Experiences: America, Britain and Chile, 1945-1970.”