Congratulations to ILAS Fellow, Grace Livingstone, on the publication of her new book Britain and the Dictatorships of Argentina and Chile, 1973-82. Foreign Policy, Corporations and Social Movements (Palgrave Macmillan, 2018).
The book uses newly-released British government documents to reveal the links between Britain, the Argentine junta and the Pinochet regime. It traces the social networks between Foreign Office officials, business leaders, Conservative politicians and other Establishment figures, who welcomed the coups in Argentina and Chile, and explores British interest in oil around the Falkland Islands and Antarctica. Grace also examines the impact of human rights campaigns – such as the Chile Solidarity Campaign – on the evolution of British 'ethical' foreign policy.
“Grace Livingstone provides a brilliantly original analysis of UK-Latin American relations prior to the Falklands conflict. Her investigations into recently released archives yield many important insights into the often murky fields of arms sales, the politics of oil, and violations of human rights. Livingstone also develops original and illuminating theoretical perspectives on her subject. Scholarly, compelling and intellectually sophisticated, this book is outstanding.” —John Dumbrell, Emeritus Professor of Government, Durham University, UK
Dr Grace Livingstone is an affiliated lecturer at the Centre of Latin American Studies, University of Cambridge and a visiting research fellow at the Institute of Latin American Studies, University of London. Her previous publications include: Inside Colombia: Drugs, Democracy and War (LAB/Rutgers University Press, 2003); America's Backyard: Latin America and the United States from the Monroe Doctrine to the War on Drugs, (Zed Books, 2009). She is also a journalist and has reported for the BBC World Service, The Guardian, the Independent on Sunday and The Observer.