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At last, U.S. recognition of its national interest in Latin America

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May 13, 2013

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In light of President Barack Obama’s recent trip to Latin America May 2 to 5 and Latin America’s increasingly global role, AQ Editor-in-Chief Christopher Sabatini looks at the United States’ heightened and shifting attention to Latin America.  In a blog post for the Financial Times’ “beyondbrics”  blog Sabatini explores the U.S.’s evolving strategy to leverage its domestic market and free trade agreements as tools to bolster hemispheric cooperation.

At last, U.S. recognition of its national interest in Latin America

By: Christopher Sabatini

It’s become a common refrain: US influence in the western hemisphere is on the wane. Whether measured by the US’s commercial weight in the region or its ability to dictate the terms of debate on everything from Cuba to narcotics, there is little doubt that the “Colossus to the North” is confronting a more diverse and at times contentious hemisphere.

President Obama’s trip to Mexico and Costa Rica in May and Vice President Joe Biden’s plans to travel to Brazil, Colombia and Trinidad and Tobago reflect – at long last – the US’s recognition of its national interest in the rising economic and diplomatic powers of its hemisphere and its capacity to influence its current and potential allies.

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