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Projecting Power: The Panama Canal and the Roosevelt Corollary

If the Spanish-American War marked the expansion of American power, the construction of the Panama Canal and the Roosevelt Corollary to the Monroe Doctrine helped solidify the United States’ new status in the Western Hemisphere, and ensure its capacity to project power. Both initiatives reflected a broader, more muscular U.S. foreign policy and world role, and as the United States developed the capacity to impose its will on other states, the power relations between it and Latin American states grew ever more asymmetrical. Even in the twenty-first century, no other Latin American state has ever come close to the capacity to project power that, by virtue of these initiatives, the United States already had achieved in the first decades of the twentieth.