More must be done if near-shoring is to reach its potential to become a new glue of inter-American relations. Both the Latin American and Caribbean governments grouped in APEP, and the United States, must marshal the political will and financial resources to seize this moment of opportunity in regional development.
In comparison to the hard, adversarial edge that sometimes erupted at recent presidential-level Summits of the Americas, the Denver meeting was at once more relaxed, more substantive, more free-flowing, and more authentic.
If Latin American governments push forward a well-focused, politically pragmatic agenda, the Latin Americanists lying in wait in the administration can be counted upon to pick up the ball.
The IX Summit of the Americas shows the way forward for conducting a resilient diplomacy in a divided world.
Media coverage of the December 8-10 Summit for Democracy has largely focused on President Joe Biden’s remarks, coupled with critical reactions from China, Russia, and skeptical U.S. pundits. Few U.S. commentators seem to have bothered to listen to the three days of often thoughtful remarks by other world leaders and the many intelligent, emotionally engaging panelists representing a broad swath of civil society, business, and academia.
Whenever an authoritarian ruler succeeds in subverting democracy, the responsibility for the democratic backsliding must be more widely shared. Here’s why.