AQ and Efecto Naím Air Joint Report on Anti- Americanism in Latin America


July 12, 2013


Because of the history of U.S. intervention in Latin America—and the outspoken anti-Americanism of some of its most visible leaders—many people assume that Latin Americans harbor strong anti-U.S. sentiments.

Yet surprisingly, survey data reveals the exact opposite—Latin America is the most pro-American region in the world, including in countries where leaders frequently rail against U.S. imperialism.

The tenth joint report by Americas Quarterly and Efecto Naím, which aired on Sunday, July 14, looked at what Latin Americans really think about the United States, and what their opinions mean for U.S.-Latin America relations. How does the power of economic interconnectedness overcome a history of conflict? What purpose does anti-American rhetoric serve if most Latin Americans support the United States?

The episode was inspired by a recent AQ article by Andy Baker and David Cupery, an associate professor and PhD candidate, respectively, in the Department of Political Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Baker and Cupery's recent article, "Gringo Stay Here!" appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of AQ  and used Latinobarómetro survey data from 18 Latin American countries to show that the majority of the region’s citizens expressed favorable views of the United States between 1995 and 2010.

Efecto Naím is a weekly television news program broadcast by NTN24 and hosted by international news commentator Moisés Naím. The show airs Sunday evenings on channels in the U.S., Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Mexico, Peru, and Venezuela.

View the latest AQ-Efecto Naím episode below. (Video en español.)

Watch previous AQ-Efecto Naím episodes.

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