November 09, 2012

Latin America and the US

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Below you'll find two very interesting articles about the near future relationship between the Obama administration and the Latin American region.

The first one is about the source of American foreign policy towards Latin America. It lays out the changes to the various foreign policy committees that deal with the region. For those interested on detailed information about american politics and its implications on Latin America.
By leaving the political landscape in Washington largely unaltered, the 2012 U.S. election will not imply significant changes for U.S. policy towards Latin America. Yet even as the Republicans retain the House of Representatives and the Democrats keep a narrow majority in the Senate, the results of several individual races will impact the “who’s who” of voices on Latin America in the U.S. Congress.
The next article talks about what the Obama administratin should concentrate on in the next four years.
Assuming that the world does not end, according to the Mayan calendar in December, 2013 will be an important year south of the U.S. border. There are a number of issues to watch in determining the hemisphere's direction, although most depend less on the Nov. 6 election results and more on factors that are out of White House control. Savvy observers of the region will watch the 10 "C's" as the real policy drivers.
I personally find the first article more interesting, however, the second is also useful in raising some ovbious yet neglected issues.

I would say, Bolivia must not expect too much in the next four years from the US. Presumably, the Obama administration will keep its course, but more astonishingly will keep pretty much ignoring the importance of Latin America and thus of Bolivia for its own gains.