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a political doctrine proclaimed in 1930 by J. Estrada, the minister of foreign affairs of Mexico, concerning the recognition of new governments. In contrast to the Tobar Doctrine, the Estrada Doctrine states that a new government, even if it accedes to power by unconstitutional means, does not need a special act of recognition from foreign governments.
Estrada condemned abuses of the power of recognition as well as outside interference in the internal affairs of nations. The enunciation of the Estrada Doctrine, which was directed primarily against US interference in the internal affairs of Mexico and other Latin American states, was an important progressive development.