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Latin America and the Global Cold War$
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Thomas C. Field Jr., Stella Krepp, and Vanni Pettiná

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655697

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655697.001.0001

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Argentina’s Secret Cold War

Argentina’s Secret Cold War

Vigilance, Repression, and Nuclear Independence

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(p.174) 7 Argentina’s Secret Cold War
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Latin America and the Global Cold War
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David M. K. Sheinin

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655697.003.0008

At the close of the Cold War, Argentina and the United States held secret, high level nuclear talks. For years and without success, Washington had pressed Argentina to shut down its nuclear program. Nuclear intent, its interpretations, and its misunderstandings are at the core of how Argentina shaped a Cold War nuclear politics. That politics, in turn, defined its approach to the Non-Aligned Movement and to the developing world more generally on non-nuclear matters. Drawing in large measure on Argentine government archival records, this chapter explains Argentina’s emergence in the 1960s as a builder and exporter of experimental nuclear reactors to poor nations including Iran (1970s) and Algeria (1980s); as a provider of nuclear medical technology and products to developing nations; and as trainer of hundreds of nuclear technicians and engineers from around the globe as a function of four central parameters.

Keywords:   Argentina, Nuclear energy, Cold War, Non-Alignment, Third World

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