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After world War II until the 1980s many Latin American leaders installedreforms to deal with new demanding issues in their country These new reforms werefrequently viewed by the United States as alarming due to the recent rise of communismin the world Following almost a century of alliance Americans and Russiansdisagreement came to the front line when in 1917 the Communists seized power andestablished the Soviet Union The Soviet Union would come to declared war on thecapitalist nations of the West The two countries put all this aside in their mutual hatredfor one another and fought against Germany during World War II This alliance wouldcome to an end between 1944-45 when Joseph Stalin looking to extend Soviet controlused the Soviet army to control much of Eastern Europe This cold war rivalry wouldsoon emerge into a contest to obtain allies The US foreign policy following World WarII confronted primarily in assisting the countries in Europe The concentration of aid toEurope was a immense concern to the countries of Latin America Latin Americacountries wanted the US to stress economic development in the post war era The USbelieved that it needed to promote postwar economic development in Latin America butwas unwilling to make a specific commitment for assistance As a region Latin Americaranked low on the US priority list other area were seen as facing more immediateSoviet threats The lack of attention by the US to the pressing social political andeconomic problems in Latin America would prove costly to the US The cost wouldcome in the form of new political views emerging to deal with the problems at hand The US would come to pay attention to Latin America that it was supposed to at thebeginning of the cold war and take action to stop the spread of communism One of the first situations faced by the US was Guatemala lead by the soldier and president of Guatemala Jacobo 1951-54 whose nationalistic economic andsocial reforms singled out groups of
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