The Dictator Dilemma: The United States and Paraguay in the Cold War

Kirk Tyvela, University of Pittsburgh Press, 2019

Dictator Alfredo Stroessner ruled Paraguay from 1954 to 1989. He also ensured the United States had a strong ally in Latin America during the Cold War era. In the United Nations, Paraguay routinely voted in line with U.S. interests, though the countries later clashed over democratic reforms and human rights issues. Tyvela, an associate professor of history at UWM at Washington County, traces all of this throughout his book. He also explores wider foreign policy questions regarding dictators who are friendly toward U.S. global interests.