Why the U.S. Must
Re-Engage in Latin America
Stephen Johnson (1)
October 3, 2003
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the Administration has revived the Western Hemisphere's free trade agenda and is
working with Congress to counter Colombia's drug and terrorist threats, Latin
America is less stable and prosperous than it was 10 years ago. Half-implemented
reforms do not allow full citizen participation in politics or the economy.
According to polls, Latin Americans have become increasingly disillusioned with
their experiments in democracy and capitalism. Increasingly, the United States
is the haven of choice for those fleeing violence as well as those locked out of
economic opportunity in their own country, and the problems of international
crime and terrorism are getting worse, not better.
If the Administration wants to help alleviate some of the hemisphere's problems
before they demand attention as the Middle East does, it must begin to support
deeper political and economic reforms, update its regional security policy, and
better articulate America's interests in the region.
Policy Analyst, The Heritage Foundation Davis Institute for International Policy
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October 22, 2003