Lockhart’s interests and expertise include the history of the Cold War, the intelligence community, and covert operations, with particular regional expertise in Latin America and the Near East. Lockhart’s research offers historians, policymakers, and the public an alternative way to think about the United States and global affairs, particularly in Latin America and the rest of the developing world. It departs from the US-centered narratives that have tended to condition the production of historical knowledge, policymaking, and public opinion since the 1970s. It recognizes developing nations as sovereign and influential powers in global affairs. Lockhart’s hope is that this will cultivate more dynamic and interactive interpretations of the history of American foreign relations, which will in turn promote mature and productive relationships between the United States and these nations in the twenty-first century. Lockhart also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Intelligence History.
Broadens the discussion on the origins of the Cold War by reconstructing it within a larger, transatlantic space. Southern South American communists and anticommunists were already fighting a conflict approximating the Cold War by the 1940s. Neither the United States nor the Soviet Union imported the Cold War into this region, even though both were drawn into it.
Shows how Director of Central Intelligence Allen Dulles exploited bureaucratic conflict in Washington and opportunities in Central America to reimagine the CIA as a covert operations-oriented intelligence service.
Situates Chile and Latin America in the era of the Cuban Revolution on the global nuclear map.