Date of Award

Spring 2008

Document Type

Restricted Thesis

Terms of Use

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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Marjorie Murphy


Brunkard argues that Ambassador Robert C. Hill of the U.S. embassy in Buenos Aires withheld information from the U.S. government in 1976 to prevent U.S. intervention in the brutality of Argentina’s military dictatorship. In this thesis, he focuses on embassy reports in Buenos Aires rather than on the foreign policy debates in Washington D.C. This thesis traces the events leading up to Hill’s arrival in Buenos Aires and the embassy’s inaction through the violence under Isabel Martinez de Peron, then examines Hill’s complicity in the dictators’ brutality and its consequences.