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Create a Hemisphere-Wide Security Alliance

"The next president should direct his energies to tackling one of the greatest obstacles to an improved relationship between North and South America: the prevalence of stereotypes."

My proposal to the next U.S. president is heartfelt—and simple: start regarding Latin America as a neighbor. This may sound obvious, but the truth is that although we live in the same neighborhood, the relationship is by no means that of close and important neighbors. It is in everyone’s best interest to put Latin America back on the map, and the way to do this, I believe, is by constructing a cooperative framework that will give a comparative advantage to our hemisphere.

Economic integration, facilitated by civil and political cooperation, can help us build a sustainable partnership on realistic, mutually beneficial terms.

A sustainable partnership should involve cooperation on security…

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Tags: U.S. President-elect, Venezuela, Security, Alberto C. Vollmer, Ron Santa Teresa, Rum, Proyecto Alcatraz, Stereotypes



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