A group of more than 20 leading scholars, convened by Global Americans, has outlined a series of nonpartisan proposals for the next administration to strengthen and leverage the U.S.’s relations with Latin America and the Caribbean. The 20-page document (and a separate two-page executive summary) argues that Latin America and the Caribbean is a region where a small, focused effort can help build allies for other global issues, reap great rewards for our domestic, regional and global interests, and prevent disruptive crises from erupting south of the United States.
Despite the many possibilities for collaboration, though, one of the greatest challenges the region and the U.S. will face in the near future is the potential popular and economic fallout from declining economies and states that have failed to seriously improve accountability and the delivery of key social services. As a result of economic stagnation and contraction, some of the approximately 50 million citizens in the region that left poverty to join a fragile middle class are now at risk of sliding back, risking an unprecedented popular backlash.
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