Starting with the Eisenhower Administration, Sinclair Thomson discusses U.S. – Bolivia relations in the second half of the 20th century. From the revolutionary government of Victor Paz Estenssoro to the military regime of Rene Barrentos, Thomson draws a picture of Bolivian history. He discusses the U.S. – backed military coup of the 1960s, the neo-liberal shock treatment of Jeffrey Sachs, and the beginning of the so-called war on drugs. After Evo Morales threw out the U.S. Ambassador, relations with the U.S. – seemed to turn sour, but the Obama administration congratulated Bolivia for the recently passed referendum.

Sinclair Thomson

Sinclair Thomson is an Associate Professor at New York University?s Department of History. He is the author of We Alone Will Rule: Native Andean Politics in the Age of Insurgency (2003) and co-author of Revolutionary Horizons: Past and Present in Bolivian Politics (2007).