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  • Title: Council for Inter-American Security records
    Date (inclusive): 1975-1988
    Collection Number: 86013
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
    Language of Material: English
    Physical Description: 17 manuscript boxes (6.8 linear feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, reports, conference papers, memoranda, minutes, press releases, press summaries, and statistics relating to security requirements of various Latin American countries, especially in Central America; guerrilla activity in El Salvador; and a series of World Media Conferences on the media, especially in relation to formulation of American foreign policy. Includes statistics of incidences of violence in El Salvador and papers of Lynn Francis Bouchey, president of the Council.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Creator: Council for Inter-American Security.
    Contributor: Bouchey, L. Francis.


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Council for Inter-American Security records, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 1986.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Historical Note

    Founded in 1976 by Ronald Docksai and headed by Lynn Francis Bouchey from 1977 to 1992, the Council for Inter-American Security's (CIS) mission objective was to clarify the common security interests of Western Hemisphere nations, provide strategic advice for the protection of those interests, and disseminate its recommendations. Publications and analyses from CIS focused primarily on Latin American countries and provided data and statistics to Congress, the executive branch, and the American public.
    In the early years of the Ronald Reagan administration, the organization was one of the more influential think tanks of the New Right, providing both policy and policymakers to the new administration. CIS also sponsored educational programs, seminars, conferences, and briefing sessions; conducted direct mail and advertising campaigns; and produced publications, radio shows, films, and television documentaries on various issues relating to foreign policy and national defense posture.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    The materials in the Council for Inter-American Security records, including correspondence, reports, conference papers, memoranda, minutes, press releases, press summaries, and statistics, were collected by Lynn Francis Bouchey during his time as president of the Council for Inter-American Security (CIS) from 1977 until his resignation in 1992. The collection focuses on security for Latin America countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and countries in the Caribbean against Soviet and Communist infiltration and expansion.
    The collection has been organized into ten series, and the original folder titles have been retained.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    World Media Conference.
    United States--Military relations--Latin America.
    Latin America--Military relations--United States.
    United States--Military relations--Central America.
    Central America--Military relations--United States.
    El Salvador--History--1979-1992.
    Mass media.