Central America


March 2002
Compiled by Ron Fuller, Bibliographer
Air University Library
Maxwell AFB, AL

CONTENTS

Guatemala
Honduras
Nicaragua
Panama


Guatemala


 Books

Cullather, Nick. Secret History: The CIA's Classified Account of Its Operations in Guatemala, 1952-54. Stanford, CA, Stanford University Press, 1999. 142 p.
Contains a new introduction by the author and an Afterward by Piero Gleijeses.
Book call no.: 327.1273 C967s

Schirmer, Jennifer. The Guatemalan Military Project: A Violence Called Democracy. Philadelphia, PA, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1998. 345 p. (Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights)
Book call no.: 972.81052 S337g

Stoll, David. Rigoberta Menchu and the Story of All Guatemalans. Boulder, CO, Westview Press, 1999. 336 p.
Book call no.: 972.81 S875r

Periodicals

Army Joins Fight Against Crime Again. Central America Report 27:3 June 23, 2000.
As "common and organized crime reach unprecedented level the government accepts military support to strengthen policing operations."

Burgerman, Susan D. Building the Peace by Mandating Reform: United Nations-Mediated Human Rights Agreements in El Salvador and Guatemala. Latin American Perspectives 27:63-87 May 2000.
Examines the role of the UN mediation in peace negotiations.

Central America Report. Eight page weekly news report published by Inforpress Centroamericana, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Focuses on political and economic news for individual countries as well as the region. Feature articles not more than two pages.

Civilian Intelligence Department Under Fire.
Central America Report 28:1-2 Political debate on intelligence agency.

Climate of Insecurity of the Rise. Central America Report 27:6-7 May 26, 2000.
Violent crime increases while human rights groups are targeted for intimidation.

Death Threats Force Prosecutor Out. Central America Report 26:1-2 October 15, 1999.
The special prosecutor suddenly flees into exile just weeks after announcing that the murder of Bishop Gerardi is close to being resolved because of increasing death threats.

Dorschner, Jim. The Guatemalan Air Force. Air Forces Monthly, pp 32-37, September 1999.

Declassified Documents Offer New Evidence Against Army. Central America Report 27:1-3 June 9, 2000.
Election of Alphoso Portillo in Guatemala.

Voters Reject Reforms to Constitution.
Central America Report 26:1-3 May 21, 1999.

Europe May Redirect Peace Plan. Central America Report 27:3 June 2, 2000.
European Parliament supports war crimes prosecutions, notably in the Xaman and Aguacate cases.

Genocide Case Opens Against Rios Montt. Central America Report 28:3-4 June 22, 2001.
Trial on events going back to 1982-83.

Globalization and Democratization in Guatemala.
Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs 42:1-126 Winter 2000.
Special issue consisting of five articles focusing on Guatemala. The article on demilitarization includes a discussion of El Salvador.

Gonzalez, Matilde. The Man Who Brought the Danger to the Village: Representations of the Armed Conflict in Guatemala from a Local Perspective. Journal of Southern African Studies 26:317-335 June 2000.

Government Admits Role in Human Rights Violations.
Central America Report 27:3 April 28, 2000.
Summary of on-going investigations.

Human Rights Groups Pursue Legal Action over Death Squad File. Central America Report 26:1-2 May 28, 1999.

Instability Sweeps Political Landscape. Central America Report 28:1-2 March 16, 2001.
Political fallout from banking scandals.

Lancaster, Roger N. Rigoberta's Testimonio. NACLA Report on the Americas 32:4 May/June 1999.

Lynchings' Roots in Armed Conflict. Central America Report 28:8 May 18, 2001.
Mob violence as a legacy of civil war.

Molina Mejia, Raul. Uneasy Allies: The Far Right Comes to Power. NACLA Report of the Americas 33:11-12 March/April 2000.

New Target: Poverty in Place of Peace. Central America Report 29:1-2 February 8, 2002.
Guatemala promotes idea the poverty threatens ability to govern, undermining efforts to achieve peace.

Salvaging the Peace Process.
Central America Report 26:4-5 May 28, 1999.

U.N. Historical Clarification Commission Issues Report on Human Rights Abuses in Guatemala; U.S. Policies Implicated. Foreign Policy Bulletin 10:66-81+ March/April 1999.
Includes a major portion of the Report on Human Rights Abuses in Guatemala.

World Indigenous Conference Advances National Agendas. Central America Report 27: 3-4 August 25, 2000.
Held in Guatemala, the meeting offered ideas to develop local strategies for building unity in the context of diversity.


Honduras


 Periodicals

Border Disputes Increase. Central America Report 27:8 July 28, 2000.
Long standing maritime border dispute between Honduras and Guatemala continues.

Central America after Mitch. NACLA Report on the Americas 33:10 September/October 1999.
Several articles on the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras.

Central America Report. Eight page weekly news report published by Inforpress Centroamericana, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Focuses on political and economic news for individual countries as well as the region. Feature articles not more than two pages.

Decayed Buildings, Hard Questions Remain from Former Contra Base. Current News: Early Bird, pp 20-21, August 19, 1999.
Honduran authorities are questioning what went on at US-built El Aguacate military base. Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal, August 19, 1999.

Honduran President Flores Quashes Military 'Mutiny' (or Coup Bid?).
Latin American Weekly Report, p 349, August 3, 1999.

Honduras: Flores Overhauls Armed Forces. Central America Report 26:1-2 August 13, 1999.

Honduras/Nicaragua: Territorial Rift Intensifies. Central America Report 26:7 December 10, 1999.

Maldonado, Victoria. Surviving Mitch. NACLA Report on the Americas 33:11-15 September/October 1999.
Testimonies from survivors of Mitch recorded three months after the hurricane.

Military Amnesty Declared Unconstitutional. Central America Report 27: 7 July 14, 2000.
"A Supreme Court decision brings to an end the impunity enjoyed by members of the military involved in the forced disappearance of 187 people."

Taylor-Robinson, Michelle M. and Diaz, Christopher. Who Gets Legislation Passed in a Marginal Legislature and Is the Label Marginal Legislature Still Appropriate? A Study of the Honduran Congress. Comparative Political Studies 32:589-625 August 1999.

Thorpe, Andy and Sam Camerson. Your Country Needs You! Forced Recruitment in Honduras. Defence and Peace Economics 11, no 2 (2000):185-195 "A brief overview of the political, economic, and social climate and recruiting behavior in Honduras" via 'manhunts' to fill existing requirements.


Nicaragua


Books

Arnold, Guy. Mercenaries: The Scourge of the Third World. New York, St. Martin's Press, 1999. 198 p.
Nicaragua and Colombia, pp 86-100.
Book call no.: 355.354 A754m

von Hipple, Karin. Democracy by Force: US Military Intervention in the Post-Cold War World. New York, Cambridge University Press, 2000. 224 p.
Examines nation building through military intervention in Panama, Somalia, Haiti, and Bosnia.
Book call no.: 327.73 V946d

Periodicals

Abu-Lughod, Deena. Failed Buyout: Land Rights for the Contra Veterans in Postwar Nicaragua. Latin American Perspectives 27:32-62 May 2000.
Looks at the problems of land grants as a post-war path to reconciliation.

Army Faces New Friends and Foes. Central America Report 27:8 July 7, 2000.
While Nicaragua's relations with the US and Honduras improve, difficulties with paramilitary groups are on the rise.

Central America after Mitch. NACLA Report on the Americas 33:10 September/October 1999.
Several articles on the aftermath of Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Honduras.

Central America Report.
Eight page weekly news report published by Inforpress Centroamericana, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Focuses on political and economic news for individual countries as well as the region. Feature articles not more than two pages.

Davis, Charles L. and others. Associations and Activism: Mobilization of Urban Informal Workers in Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs 41:35-66 Fall 1999.

Disputes Continue to Strain Relations. Central America Report 26:4-5 July 23, 1999.
Illegal Nicaraguan immigrants to Costa Rica put strain on social services and raise concerns about immigrant treatment.

Eckstein, Jeffrey R. A Short & Successful Operation in Nicaragua. Army 49:67-70 September 1999.

Ewig, Christina. The Strengths and Limits of the NGO (nongovernmental organizations) Women's Movement Model: Shaping Nicaragua's Democratic Institutions. Latin American Research Review 34, no.3:75-102 1999.

Fiedler, John L. Demand, Market Structure and the Formalizing of Ministry of Health Fees: A Nicaraguan Case Study. World Development 27:1173-1189 July 1999.

Garvin, Glenn and Rosenberg, Carol. U.S., Nicaragua Ending Armies' Cold War Chill. Current News: Early Bird, p 18, July 28, 1999.
Reprinted from the Miami Herald, July 26, 1999.

Gershberg, Alec Ian. Decentralization, Citizen Participation, and the Role of the State: The Autonomous Schools Program in Nicaragua. Latin American Perspectives 26:8-38 July 1999.
This issue is concerned with education and its potential to change society.

Goheen, John. Buckeye Breakthrough: Ohio National Guard Leads First Nicaragua Exercise in Decades. National Guard 53:18-23 July 1999.

Honduras/Nicaragua: Territorial Rift Intensifies. Central America Report 26:7 December 10, 1999.

Mass Graves and Torture Chambers Found at Contra Base. NACLA Report on the Americas 33:2+ September/October 1999.

Maldonado, Victoria. Surviving Mitch. NACLA Report on the Americas 33:11-15 September/October 1999.
Testimonies from survivors of Mitch recorded three months after the hurricane.

Montes, Julio. Nicaragua Is Found Lacking in the Wake of Mitch's Mayhem. Jane's Intelligence Review 11:49-50 April 1999.

Nicaragua is Latest 'Low-Intensity' Democracy to Come Under Scrutiny. Latin American Weekly Report, p 325, July 18, 2000.
Collusion of main political parties to exclude other groups.

Nicaragua: (Hurricane) Mitch Redefines Political and Social Scenario. Central America Report 26:6-7 May 28, 1999.

Return of the Sandinistas.
World Press Review 48:35-36 February 2001.
Election gains by Sandinistas. Originally published in Mexican newsmagazine, Proceso, Nov. 12, 2000.

Williamson, Owen. Nicaraguan Guerrilla Victory. Military History 16:58-64 August 1999.

Woodberry, John I. 101st Airborne and Hurricane Mitch. Army Aviation 48:24-25 June 30, 1999.


Panama


Books

Conniff, Michael L. Panama and United States: The Forced Alliance. 2nd ed. Athens, GA, University of Georgia Press, 220 p.
Book call no.: 327.7307287 C752p 2001

Documents

Richards, Donn R. Medical Trends: An Evaluation of Medical Care Given in Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, and Desert Storm. Carlisle Barracks, PA, Army War College, April 1999. 48 p.
Doc. call no.: M-U 39080-537 R514m

Periodicals

Abel, David. Holes Open in US Drug-Fighting Net. Current News: Early Bird, pp 27-28, July 28, 1999.
Closing of military bases in Panama could affect US ability to combat drug flow throughout the Caribbean. Reprinted from the Christian Science Monitor, July 28, 1999.

An Old Canal's New Life. Economist 351:34 June 12, 1999.
Describes the new Canal Authority and the challenges it faces with near saturation of the Canal and the need to modernize.

Arana-Barradas, Louis A. Adios, Amigos (leaving Panama). Airman 43:2-9 November 1999.

Arias Calderon, Ricardo. The Demilitarization of Public Security in Panama. Small Wars and Insurgencies 11:97-111 Spring 2000.
History of the transition to a civilian police force in Panama, which began in 1989.

Betting on the Information Age. Central America Report 28:7 September 14, 2001.
Efforts by Panama to create a Telecommunications and Technological Zone, a pioneering effort in Latin America.

Border Violence Worries Authorities. Central America Report 26:5-6 November 19, 1999.

Border with Colombia May Be Militarized. Central America Report 26:7-8 June 18, 1999.
Panamanian security forces sent to prevent incursions by guerrillas and paramilitary groups.

Brinegar, Thomas J. Managing Logistics in Panama. Army Logistician 31:26-29 November-December 1999.

Canal: First Year of Panamanian Control. Central America Report 28:3-4 January 26, 2001.
Mixed reviews on the canal and it's future.

Central America Report. Eight page weekly news report published by Inforpress Centroamericana, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Focuses on political and economic news for individual countries as well as the region. Feature articles not more than two pages.

Cold War Ghosts Resurface in US.
Central America Report 26:1-2 October 22, 1999.
A group of legislators fear the Chinese will takeover the Panama Canal after it is "abandoned" by the US at the end of the year.

Cole, Ronald H. Grenada, Panama, and Haiti: Joint Operational Reform. Joint Force Quarterly, pp 57-64, Autumn-Winter 1998-1999.

Colombian Border Heats Up. Central America Report 26:1-2 September 24, 1999.

Colombian Rebels Make Forays into Next-Door Panama.
Current News: Early Bird, pp 65-66, June 24, 1999.
Reprinted from the Baltimore Sun, June 23, 1999.

De Cordoba, Jose. Panama Plans to Turn Bases into Hotels for Eco-Tourists. Current News: Early Bird, pp 10-11, January 11, 2000.
Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal, January 11, 2000, p 1.

Diplomacy & Violence: Security Plan to Face Colombian Spillover.
Latin American Weekly Report, p 521, November 9, 1999.
Kidnapping and helicopter thefts were the last straw.

Do Treaties Allow US to Intervene?
Latin American Weekly Report, p 321, July 13, 1999.
Former President Endara agrees with Gen Wilhelm that the De Concini amendment grants Washington the power to intervene militarily if the functioning of the canal is endangered.

Falcoff, Mark. Panama: All Alone with a Canal to Maintain. Current News: Early Bird, pp 19-20, December 3, 1999.
Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal, December 3, 1999.

Future of Relations with US Unclear. Central America Report 26:2-4 September 10, 1999.
A long marriage of convenience between the two countries comes to an end with the turnover of the canal.

Garvin, Glenn. U.S. Stands Down in Panama. Current News: Early Bird, pp 21-22, August 2, 1999.
Reprinted from the Miami Herald, July 31, 1999.

Garvin, Glenn. A Panama Site for U.S. Anti-Drug Planes? Current News: Early Bird, p 20, August 6, 1999.
Incoming Moscoso government considers a possible landing strip for U.S. military aircraft. Reprinted from the Miami Herald, August 5, 1999.

Gonzalez, David. Panamanians Have Mixed Feelings about Canal Transfer. Current News: Early Bird, pp 5-6, December 13, 1999.
Reprinted from the New York Times, December 13, 1999, p 1.

Hasenauer, Heike. The Canal--A Historic Shortcut (Panama) Soldiers 54:38-40 July 1999.

The Indigenous Peoples.
Central America Report 26:7-8 October 22, 1999.

In Danger of Sanctions for Money Laundering. Central America Report 27:6 July 21, 2000.
Panama named as one of thirty-five countries failing to meet standards aimed at limiting money laundering.

Hasenauer, Heike. Adios, Panama. Soldiers 54:41-49 July 1999.

Jasper, William F. The Panama Canal Giveaway. New American 15:23-26 June 21, 1999.

Lachica, Eduardo. Pentagon Sees No Threat in Panama Operator. Current News: Early Bird, p 10, August 16, 1999.
Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal, August 16, 1999.

Lindsay-Poland, John. Y2K Anxieties in Panama. NACLA Report on the Americas 33:6-9 November-December 1999.
Some fear a spillover from the Colombian conflict and Chinese influence in the canal area.

Mireya Moscoso Takes Power. Central America Report 26:8 September 3, 1999.
The first woman president in the country's history is sworn in.

Moscoso Becomes Nation's First Woman President. Central America Report 26:1-2 May 7, 1999.

Panama Remains Neutral Toward Plan Colombia. Central America Report 27:7-8 September 22, 2000.

Panama Canal. CQ Researcher 9, no 45:1017-1039 November 26, 1999.
Overview of the history and issues relating to control of the canal. Includes bibliography.

Perez, Orlando J. Public Opinion and the Future of U.S.-Panama Relations. Journal of Interamerican Studies and World Affairs 41:1-33 Fall 1999.

Reeder, Joe R. Should Congress Be Concerned about China and the Panama Canal? No. Current News: Early Bird, pp 26-27, December 10, 1999.
The Hong Kong company operating in Panama poses no threat to the United States. Reprinted from Insight, December 27, 1999, p 41.

Remains Found at Military Site. Central America Report 26:3 October 15, 1999.
The bones of a murdered priest reopen the debate over the nation's past.

Robberson, Tod. Lethal Legacy. Current News: Early Bird, pp 11-13, August 23, 1999.
At handover, U.S. military to leave bombs and grenades buried in Panama's jungle. Reprinted from the Dallas Morning News, August 23, 1999.

Robberson, Tod. U.S. Tested Agent Orange in Panama, Account Says. Current News: Early Bird, pp 13-14, August 23, 1999.
The military says allegations aren't proven. Reprinted from the Dallas Morning News, August 23, 1999.

Robbins, Carla Anne. Why Should the U.S. Even Care It's about to Lose Panama Canal? Current News: Early Bird, pp 7-9, December 10, 1999.
Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal, December 10, 1999, p 1.

Rohrabacher, Dana. Should Congress Be Concerned about China and the Panama Canal? Yes. Current News: Early Bird, pp 25-26, December 10, 1999.
Chinese companies will subvert U.S. interests and could help narco-terrorists. Reprinted from Insight, December 27, 1999, p 40.

Santoli, Al. The Panama Canal in Transition: China's Growing Role in Latin America and Threats to US Security. Officer 75:39-43 August 1999.

Scarborough, Rowan. China Company Grabs Power over Panama Canal. Current News: Early Bird, p 4, August 12, 1999.
Reprinted from the Washington Times, August 12, 1999, p 1.

Scarborough, Rowan. U.S. Wouldn't Let China Close Panama Canal. Current News: Early Bird, p 7, August 13, 1999.
Reprinted from the Washington Times, August 13, 1999, p 1.

Stefanova, Kristina. Experts Want Troops to Stay in Panama after Canal Return. Current News: Early Bird, pp 17-18, July 30, 1999.
Drug traffickers and Chinese business interests are seen as threats. Reprinted from the Washington Times, July 30, 1999, p 15.

Stone, Andrea. Deadly Reminders of U.S. in Panama. Current News: Early Bird, pp 10-11, August 9, 1999.
Reprinted from USA Today, August 9 1999, p 7.

Suchlicki, Jaime. Those Men in Havana Are Now Chinese. Current News: Early Bird, 19-20, July 30, 1999.
Reprinted from the Wall Street Journal, July 30, 1999.

US General Talks about Intervention. Latin American Weekly Report, pp 294-295, June 29, 1999.
Gen Wilhelm, US Southern Command, lays out the rationale for US intervention if the security of the Canal should be threatened.

US under Renewed Pressure to Clean Up Military Sites. Central America Report 26:3-4 July 23, 1999.

US Aid: Cutting a Deal?
Central America Report 28:7 May 25, 2001.
Panama fears offers of aid are intended to open door to participation in war on drugs.

US Authorities Turn Over Howard Air Force Base. Central America Report 26:6 November 5, 1999.

Wedeking, Eric. Locking Up in Panama. National Guard 53:16-19 December 1999.

Weisman, Jonathan. Clinton Decides Not to Attend Transfer of Panama Canal. Current News: Early Bird, pp 17-18, November 30, 1999.
Reprinted from the Baltimore Sun, November 30, 1999.


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