From issue: Memos to the President Elect (Fall 2008)
Move Beyond the One-Policy-Fits-All-Model
"The next administration should be bold and establish an important aid package for infrastructure and institution building to help countries demographically linked to the United States."
The next president must abandon the current one-policy-fits-all approach to
There are currently two trends in the region that cannot be ignored. As trade and migration draw Mexican, Central American and Caribbean societies ever closer to their powerful neighbor to the north, South America is developing an unprecedented level of regional integration that is shifting it away from U.S. influence. The Union of South American countries has brought together two existing free trade areas, Mercosur and the Andean Community. At the same time, the community is discussing the possibility of establishing a South American Defense Council, which would exclude the United States.
The governments of