Friday, November 25, 2011

Political fiction: CIA interventionism and development

In occasion of the upcoming elections in DRC, I am wondering how would this country be if Patrice Lumumba had not been assesinated 50 years ago, in a plot that involved secret intelligence services from USA and Belgium. 

Taking the political fiction exercise further, what if the CIA would have not helped to kill Omar Torrijos and Jaime Roldos?... and if they would have not participated in the military coup in Chile and Cambodia

Given the counterfactual does not exist, we can just speculate with the effects. E.g. here there is very powerful empirical evidence of how increased political influence arising from CIA interventions during the Cold War was used to create a larger foreign market for American products.

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