Date of Submission

Spring 2012

Academic Program

Historical Studies; Political Studies

Project Advisor 1

Omar Encarnación

Project Advisor 2

Mark Lytle

Abstract/Artist's Statement

Compared to other American movements against military intervention in the post-World War II era CAPSM was highly successful, in that it mobilized a substantial number of participants and changed American foreign policy. In my work I will argue that this comparative success is the direct result of the transnational nature of CAPSM. This argument underscores the relevance of transnational advocacy networks in contemporary international relations as well as the often-overlooked importance of inter-personal exchange. Many American activists traveled to both Nicaragua and El Salvador, and many Nicaraguan and Salvadorian activists, as well as war refugees traveled to the United States. While such exchanges are not unprecedented, the role such exchanges played in the formation and organizational strategy of CAPSM, as well as the scale of such exchanges, was unique.

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